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Outfest Award Winners Announced

Spanning 11 days, the 29th Annual Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival culminated with the announcement of its winners on Sunday.

Stephen Cone's "The Wise Kids" took home the Grand Jury Awards for outstanding U.S. dramatic feature film and outstanding screenwriting, while Andrew Haigh's "Weekend" won the Grand Jury Award for outstanding international dramatic feature film.

"Thank You For Your Call" won the jury award for outstanding documentary short film, "I Don't Want to Go Back Alone" won the jury award for outstanding dramatic short film, and "Habana Muda" won the jury award for outstanding documentary feature film.

Nikohl Boosheri was named outstanding actress in a feature for her portrayal of Atafeh in Circumstance, while the entire cast of "Private Romeo" won the award for outstanding actor in a feature. "Circumstance" also won $5,000 and the audience award for outstanding first U.S. dramatic feature film.

Other audience awards went to "Same Difference" for outstanding documentary short film, "Tsuyako" for outstanding dramatic short film, "We Were Here" for outstanding documentary feature film, and 3 for outstanding dramatic feature film.

Melissa Johnson's "No Look Pass" received a special programming award for freedom; Marie Losier's "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" received a special award for artistic achievement, and Madeleine Olnek was honored with a special award for Emerging Talent for "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same."

163 films from 25 countries were shown at the LGBT film festival this year. Outfest 2011 closes Sunday night with Anne Renton's "The Perfect Family," starring Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain.

The Hollywood Reporter 

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