Frameline announces six awardees of the Frameline Completion Fund: 1985; CALL HER GANDA; DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!; FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS; LEITIS IN WAITING, and TRANSMILITARY.
"This year's award recipients boldly highlight LGBTQ voices, from the history of queer cinema and the strong, talented women who made it happen, to the worldwide fight of transgender folks against a backdrop of waning political and social acceptance," said Paul Struthers, Frameline's new Director of Exhibition & Programming. "At its core, each film amplifies experiences of underrepresented communities."
The six grantees were chosen out of 124 submissions that included features and shorts in documentary, narrative, and episodic forms. Two of the grantee projects, 1985 and TRANSMILITARY, will be premiering as official selections of the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
A total of $25,000 was awarded in this 2017 Completion Fund cycle. Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $515,000 to 149 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community.
"Now, more than ever, Frameline forges ahead, supporting these stellar projects and media creators," said Frances Wallace, Frameline's Executive Director. "These storytellers bring diverse perspectives and broad representation of LGBTQ content to a worldwide audience, ensuring that dialogue and change continue."
An independent jury including award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Kroot (THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN - Frameline41, TO BE TAKEI - Frameline38), Sacramento International LGBTQ Film Festival programmer Jennifer Hatton, and media consultant and former HBO executive David Castro selected this year's grant recipients.