Queer North Film Festival wrapped up its third year Sunday evening in downtown Sudbury, having screened 30 LGBT- themed films from around the world, over the course of the festival’s four-day run.
The film festival announced the following winners:
- Best Narrative Short winner is Something About Alex by Reinout Hellenthal
- Best Documentary Short winner is Grey Violet – Odd One Out by Reetta Aalto
- Best Canadian Film goes to pInco Triangle by Patrick Crowe & Tristan Whiston
- Best Local Northern Ontario Film winner is pInco Triangle by Patrick Crowe & Tristan Whiston
Audience Choice Awards:
- Best of Show goes to pInco Triangle by Patrick Crowe & Tristan Whiston
- Best Women’s Film goes to Chavela by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
- Best Trans-Themed Film goes to Transformer by Michael de Monte
- Best Men’s Film goes to Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
With pInco Triangle sweeping up three top awards, makers Patrick Crowe and Tristan Whiston released the following statement.
“We were so delighted to finally be able to watch this film with a hometown crowd - the very people for whom the film was made,” they said.
“When first released 20 years ago, it required no explanation why pInco Triangle wasn't screened in Sudbury, because the dangers facing the LGBTQ community here and everywhere was obvious.
“Today the fact that there is a Queer North Film Festival with youth outreach and public visibility reflects the realization of a strong and evolving queer community here in the north. To have the honour of these awards means the world to both of us.”
The festival also ran a one-day digital storytelling workshop with LGBTQ2 youth thanks to support from Rainbow District School Board.
In addition, the festival added an Industry Networking Program for local queer artists to support their emerging filmmaking efforts and expand the use of film/video in existing arts practices, an effort supported by a City Arts grant.