Guide to the Festival

The Frameline38 AT&T Audience Awards

Since 1984 our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival. Putting the power in the audience's hands, the Frameline38 AT&T Audience Awards offer cash prizes to the favorite Feature ($1000), Documentary ($1000) and Short ($500) in the festival. Audience members will be able to vote via text message from any text-enabled mobile device.

If you love a film, simply text the film's voting code to 55333 within six hours of the start of the screening. To find the film's voting code, look on-screen after the show, check out the film's Frameline37 online description, download the Frameline38 App, or ask a staff member or a volunteer. And remember: you get just one vote per film per mobile device. Standard messaging rates may apply (a small price to pay to support LGBT filmmakers).

Frameline's Juried Awards

Frameline has a long history of supporting outstanding films and filmmakers, and we continue that tradition with our juried awards for First Feature and Best Documentary of Frameline38!

The Frameline Award

Established in 1986, the Frameline Award is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBTQ representation in film, television, or the media arts. Past honorees range from film historian and author Vito Russo, to Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, avant-garde lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer, drag artiste extraordinaire Divine, producer Christine Vachon, long-time leader of the Festival and the organization Michael Lumpkin, and producer/distributor Marcus Hu.

This year, Frameline's Board and Staff are proud to present the Frameline Award to George Takei.

George Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937, to proud, hard-working parents. When he was five years old, his family, along with more than 100,000 people with Japanese heritage, was ripped from their home and imprisoned in internment camps for the duration of World War II. This experience would shape his worldview and start him on a trailblazing path toward activism.

Takei’s film and television work spans decades. He landed his first professional job in 1957—when he was studying architecture at UC Berkeley and when opportunities for actors of Asian descent were scarce. Takei is universally known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, who navigated the USS Enterprise in three Star Trek franchises on television: Star Trek (1966–1969), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1974–75), and Star Trek: Voyager (1995), as well as in the first six Star Trek films (1979–1991). The series is known for its diverse cast and its ability to tackle serious social issues— and for its theatrical, sometimes camp, sensibility.

He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including My Three Sons; Hawaii Five-0 (1968 and 2010); Trapper John, M.D.; 3rd Rock from the Sun; Will & Grace; Malcolm in the Middle; and Community. On their own, his voiceover credits on animated shows could fill the résumés of several actors: The Simpsons, Futurama, The Super Hero Squad Show, Scooby-Doo, Spider-Man, Batman Beyond, The Brak Show, Archer, and dozens more.

George and his husband, Brad Takei, had been partners for more than 21 years when they were married on September 14, 2008. After the California Supreme Court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in May 2008, they were among the first gay couples to get a marriage license. The couple’s steadfast commitment to marriage equality and to ending anti-gay bullying includes work on many online PSAs that have been viewed millions of times. Frameline38’s Centerpiece Documentary, To Be Takei, joyously illustrates Takei’s dynamic life and sets the stage for his Broadway-bound musical, Allegiance, a story inspired by his time in the internment camps.

Frameline is honored to recognize George Takei for his achievements in the media arts, as well as his unparalleled activism and community service. His groundbreaking work as an artist opened the doors for many others who have been—and continue to be—inspired by his work and his unwavering commitment to equality and social justice. He is a beacon of hope and joy.

For his galaxy-size body of work in cinema, in television, and on the stage, we present George Takei with this year’s Frameline Award.

Join Frameline and journalist/civil rights advocate Helen Zia as we present George Takei with the Frameline Award at the June 24 Centerpiece screening of To Be Takei at the Castro Theatre.