Top winners at LGBT film festival Outfest include 'No Straight Lines' and 'Firstness'

Fri. August 27, 2021 9:12 AM by

Outfest, Los Angeles' LGBT film festival, has announced the award winners of its 2021 festival.

Outfest, which ran from August 13th to August 22nd, screened more than 170 LGBT films.

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize, while Firstness won the U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize.

Firstness is writer-director Brielle Brilliant's first feature. The film centers on a wayward father and his non-binary child living in a New Mexico desert town.

"A gorgeous tribute to the struggles and triumphs of parents stumbling towards understanding of their queer children and a testament to the magic baked into queer community, Firstness straddles the harshest realities of this world while imagining another that which is more vibrant, charming, and fantastic," Outfest programmers wrote.

Director Vivian Kleinman's No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics follows five of the most influential artists in the queer comic space, including Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Rupert Kinnard (Cathartic Comics), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Jen Camper (Juicy Mother), and Mary Wings (Come Out Comix). The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Click here for a complete list of winners.

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This article appeared at On Top Magazine and has been published here with permission.