Reel Affirmations wrapped its 20th festival, and the audience votes for favorite films have been tallied. No surprises here -- in fact, we couldn't agree more, as you'll see by our reviews.
Best Feature: Pariah. The film is tentatively scheduled for a January 2012 theatrical release.
Best Women's Short: Cry Suicide.
Best Men's Short: I Don't Want To Go Back Alone. You can watch the film in its entirety below, but it doesn't yet have subtitles online. Still it is a marvelous work.
Best Documentary: Vito. Reportedly, HBO will broadcast this extraordinary documentary in June 2012.
Best International Program: Mary Lou. With Israeli director Eytan Fox at the helm, how could it fail?
The inaugural First Time Filmmaker award went to Sal Bardo for Requited.The group also gave its inaugural Keith Clark & Barry Becker Filmmaker Award to Michele Josue & Liam McNill to assist with the completion of their documentary Matthew Shepard Is A Friend of Mine. You can read Metro Weekly's reviews of all the films in this year's Reel Affirmations here.