Director: Josh Kim
2015 / 80 min / Thailand, Indonesia, USA
For its beautifully layered story which slowly steals your heart and often makes you cry, for its haunting, multi-dimensional characters who are so vividly written and etched, for telling a story in which socio-economic class, gender, war, religion and sexuality are dealt with without ever becoming preachy, for its stunning lead performance by very young actor way beyond his years, for the funny and poignantly nuanced performances by the entire ensemble, but mostly for such an honest and matter-of-fact portrayal of LGBTQ lives in one corner of Asia, the winner of this year’s BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE is Josh Kim’s HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME).
Award: Rs. 30,000 cash award sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares and a trophy
Director : Nishant Roy Bombarde
For its polished cinematic techniques, for its charming story about a young boy and his family dealing with his outside-the-box expressions of his sexuality, for the effervescent performance by the young lead actor, and for telling a story of struggle and acceptance faced by a young homosexual in small-town India, the winner of this year’s BEST INDIAN NARRATIVE SHORT is Nishant Roy Bombarde’s THE THRESHOLD (DAARVATHA).
Award: Rs. 20,000 cash award sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, 2 day free HD shooting kit sponsored by Accord Equips and a trophy
for the film Any Other Day
2015 / 12 min / India
For its power-packed twelve-minute narrative, for its well-structured story-telling, for its utterly identifiable story and performances about the abuse of authorities and power-structures over India’s queer denizens, for its surprising and effective twist, and for its honest performances and effective directing, this year’s RIYAD WADIA AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING INDIAN FILMMAKER goes to SRIKANT ANATHKRISHNAN and VIKRANT DHOTE for their film ANY OTHER DAY.
Award: Rs. 15,000 cash award sponsored by Wadia Movietone, 2 day free HD shooting kit sponsored by Accord Equips and a trophy
for the film That’s My Boy
2015 / 24.20 min / India
For a film that will stay with you long after it is over, for telling a story that is unique and needs telling, for celebrating the courage and strength of a female to male transgender, and for showing us that great things come in small packages and from unexpected places, a SPECIAL MENTION in the RIYAD WADIA AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING INDIAN FILMMAKER category goes to Akhil Sathyan’s THAT’S MY BOY.
in the film How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)
Dir: Josh Kim / 2015 / 80 min / Thailand, Indonesia, USA
For a leading performance of such nuanced skill, far beyond the age of the actor, for a role that is challenging in both depth and scale, for a screen presence and naturalness that escapes many much older, more established actors, and for a performance which spans the wide gamut of human emotions from innocence to precociousness, from angst and rebellion to cocky humour and gritty courage, and from stone-faced fearlessness to heart-breaking vulnerability, this year’s BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE goes to INGKARAT DAMRONGSAKKUL for playing the Young Oat in HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME).
Award: Rs. 20,000 cash award sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares and a trophy
in the film Beautiful Something
Dir: Joseph Graham / 2015 / 92 min / USA
For a bold, no-holds-barred performance of inner turmoil in his search for companionship, for acting that was so often about the silent moments he imbued with such depth and for the acting done from the eyes which revealed the soul, and for creating a full-blooded writer and gay man in search of his personal and pen’s muse, a SPECIAL MENTION for BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE goes to BRIAN SHEPPARD in the feature narrative film BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING.
in the film San Cristóbal
Dir: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo / 2015 / 29 min / Chile
For a layered and nuanced performance of inner-struggle and moving towards self-awareness and self-acceptance, for acting that is so utterly natural, and for creating a non-stereotyped, fully-rounded gay Chilean man from a poor fisherman’s background, a SPECIAL MENTION for BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE goes to ANTONIO ALTAMIRANO in the short narrative film SAN CRISTOBAL.
for the film Normalcy
For a film which dares to tell a story which is rarely told in cinema, for the intelligence and curiosity of the filmmaker which is deeply affecting on the audience, for the simplicity of narrative and effective use of limited resources, and for a vision which promises more in the future, the winner of this year’s Q DRISHTI FILM GRANT is V. RAMANATHAN for his documentary short NORMALCY.
Award: Rs. 1,00,000 cash grant sponsored by Lotus Visual to make his next LGBTQ film, mentored by KASHISH Advisory Board
Director : Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
2015 / 29 min / Chile
For its quiet yet powerful narrative, for the profound depths of the story and characters captured in a short span of time, for its tender love story between two unique protagonists who must struggle with forces from the outside and within to keep their love alive, and for taking us into a world not often seen in cinema, this year’s BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT is Omar Zuniga Hidalgo’s SAN CRISTOBAL from Chile.
Dir: David Wagner / 2015 / 7.47 min / Germany
For its effective use of time and narrative to pack a punch, for its vivid use of black and white cinematography to mostly silent performances, and for its insistence on the power of LGBTQ individuals looking out for each other’s backs, a SPECIAL MENTION in the BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT category goes to David Wagner’s TRADE QUEENS.
Dir: Joel Moffett /2015 / 19.10 min / USA
For its vibrantly colourful characters and mis-en-scene, for its bold embrace of the wide spectrum of trans-identities, for its uniquely whacky narrative and vision, a SPECIAL MENTION in the BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT category goes to Joel Moffett’s TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY.
Director: Jean-Baptiste Erreca
2015 / 68 min / France
For its simple yet effective story-telling, for its diverse cast of characters, for its telling stories of healing and survival from the pain and desolation of homophobia, for its intimate portrayal of a unique art project and its founder, and above all for being a film which continues to give hope and joy and the promise of a better future through non-violent protest and strong acts of love, the winner of this year’s BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE is Jean-Baptiste Erreca’s PANSY!
Director : Meera Darji
2015 / 30 min / India, UK
For its sharp focus on the gritty realties of transgendered Indians in a smaller town, for its honest cast of characters who tell their own truths with power and poignancy, for being truthfully informative about the history of hijras and the contexts in which they must exist, and lastly for its unique voice in stressing the need for trans-inclusion in our larger society, this year’s BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT is Meera Darji’s TRANSINDIA.
Award: 2 day free HD shooting kit sponsored by Accord Equips and a trophy