David Charles Rodriguesis the audience’s choice…
The part-Brazilian filmmaker and equal rights activist’s latest film has picked up an audience award at this year’s Palm Springs Film Festival.
Rodrigues’ Gay Chorus Deep Southtook home the Audience Award for Best Documentary.
The film centers on the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, who embarks on a tour of the American Deep Southin response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 election.
Peruvian filmmaker Melina León took home the New Voices / New Visions Award for her film Song Without A Name.
Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker Alejandro Landes took home the Ibero-American Award for his acclaimed film Monos.
Mexican filmmaker David Zonanaearned a special mention for his latest project, Workforce.
This year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival ran from January 2-13, screening 192 films from 81 countries.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
Director Pawo Choyning Dorji
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Gay Chorus Deep South (USA)
Director David Charles Rodrigues
FIPRESCI Prize for Best International Feature Film of the Year
Director Kantemir Balagov
FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in an International Feature Film
Bartosz Bielenia Corpus Christi (Poland)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in an International Feature Film
Helena Zengel System Crasher (Germany)
FIPRESCI Prize for International Screenplay
Parasite (South Korea)
Screenwriters Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won
Special Mention: Antigone (Canada), Screenwriter Sophie Deraspe
New Voices/New Visions Award
Song Without A Name (Peru/Spain/USA/Chile)
Director Melina León
The Documentary Award
Talking About Trees (France/Sudan/Germany/Chad/Qatar)
Director Suhaib Gasmelbari
Director Alejandro Landes
Special Mention: Workforce (Mexico)
Director David Zonana
Local Jury Award
Director Maryam Touzani
Young Cineastes Award
Director Jan Komasa
GoEnergistics (GoE) Bridging the Borders Award
Director Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche
Special Mention: The Australian Dream (Australia), Director Daniel Gordon