FRAMELINE31 PRESENTS CASH AWARDS TO JURY AND AUDIENCE FAVORITES

5/22/2007
For Immediate Release

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San Francisco, CA—The 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the world’s largest and oldest queer film fest, will screen from June 14–24, 2007. Each year the Festival recognizes two artists whose outstanding accomplishments and contributions to LGBT cinema earn them one of two awards: the Frameline First Feature Award ($10,000) or the Michael J. Berg Documentary Award ($10,000).

Continuing a tradition that was inaugurated last year for the 30th Anniversary of the Festival, Frameline is attaching a $2,500 cash award to each of the Festival’s Audience Awards: Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film. This brings a total of $27, 500 in cash awards for Frameline31, the largest of any LGBT film festival.

Frameline31 offers 27 eligible candidates for the Michael J. Berg Documentary Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking, a prize made possible by a generous donation from Bill Dickey, Michael’s surviving partner. Supported by Frameline’s Changing the World, One Movie at a Time campaign, 16 qualifying filmmakers vie for the Frameline First Feature Award for first narrative features screening at Frameline31. The unparalleled cash value serves as a testament to Frameline’s ongoing support of LGBT filmmakers.

This year’s eligible documentaries for the Michael J. Berg Award:

2 Mums and a Dad
Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother
Bears
Black White + Gray
Born Again
Fall From Grace
The Fall of '55
Free Havana
Gender Redesigner
Girl Inside
The Godfather of Disco
In Trust and Love
JAM
Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour
Laughing Matters...The Men
Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama Goes to Sweden!
Love Man Love Woman
Miracle
Motherfucker: A Movie
On the Downlow
Queer Streets
Red Without Blue
Semper Fi, One Marine's Journey
Sex Change Hospital
Through Thick and Thin
Two Homelands Cuba and the Night
Water Flowing Together

This year’s eligible candidates for the Frameline First Feature Award:

Blueprint
The Curiosity of Chance
DarkBlueAlmostBlack
The Doctor’s Daughter, or The Secret and the Lie
Finn's Girl
Glue
Holding Trevor
Nina’s Heavenly Delights
No Regret
Rock Haven
Shelter
Starrbooty
Tan Lines
This Kiss
Vampire Diary
You Belong To Me

Last year’s Frameline30 juried award recipients included Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil for Stray Cats (Levi’s® First Feature Award), and Janet Baus, Dan Hunt and Reid William for Cruel and Unusual (Michael J. Berg Documentary Award).

This year’s prestigious awards will be announced on June 24, 2007 at the invitation-only Frameline31 Closing Night Party, following the Closing Night Film, Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Jamie Babbitt’s fast paced tale of love and activism.

Frameline31: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screening June 14-24, 2007 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), Roxie Film Center (3117 16th Street) and the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street) in San Francisco and the Parkway Theater (1834 Park Boulevard) in Oakland.

Advance tickets go on sale May 25 at the Frameline Box Office located inside Superstar Satellite, 474 Castro Street (between Market and 18th). Box Office hours are 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily beginning Friday, May 25 (for Frameline members) and Friday, June 1 (for general public). Tickets are also available online (www.frameline.org) and by fax (415-522-5543). Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 general, $9 members; and $8 general, $7 members for matinee screenings, starting at 5:00 pm or earlier. Castro Passes, good for admission to all screenings at the Castro Theatre other than Opening Night and Closing Night, are available for $200. Weekday Matinee Passes, good for admission to all weekday matinee screenings at the Castro Theatre starting at 5pm or earlier, are available for $35. For more information, visit www.frameline.org.

The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is presented by Frameline, a nonprofit LGBT organization whose mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts.


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