SPECIAL AWARDS FOR FILMMAKERS
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival presents selected filmmakers with audience and juried awards.
Our AUDIENCE AWARDS are determined by ballots completed by attendees during the festival. The AUDIENCE AWARDS presented on Closing Night are FAVORITE NARRATIVE FEATURE, FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, FAVORITE GAY SHORT FILM, FAVORITE LESBIAN SHORT FILM, and FAVORITE TRANSGENDER SHORT FILM.
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE are chosen by our esteemed panel of jurors and include a cash prize. Three juries convene to select films for the following awards: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST SHORT FILM, and MOST INNOVATIVE SHORT FILM.
SKYLAR FEIN was born in Greenwich Village and has lived in the USSR, San Francisco, and Seattle, where he was the founder and director of SLGFF. Now a visual artist in New Orleans, he has also won a medal in the backstroke, sailed and biked extensively, translated subtitles, and been a baker.
JAYDA HARDY, author of Game On! How Women’s Basketball Took Seattle by Storm, began her professional journalism career at the Seattle Times, where she is currently the WNBA and women’s college basketball reporter. Jayda has also written for Sports Illustrated for Kids, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four official program guide, and the Kansas City Star. She’s a longtime supporter of SLGFF and avid fan of film noir.
SAM WHITING, part of a scrappy band of volunteers who started this festival, has been a board member, program book editor, and faithful audience member for over 20 years. He currently leadsearly-learning systembuilding work at Thrive Washington. When not endlessly renovating his 114-year-old house, he has been raising three kids and consuming as much art as possible. Queer film, shown in public, strengthens our community, and Sam is happy to be sitting in the dark with you.
RACHAEL BRISTER, former executive director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, is now Vice President of Marketing & Tourism for GSBA, the largest LGBT chamber of commerce in the United States. She is also president of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and has been a member of the Capitol Hill Champion, which works to include community goals in the redevelopment of Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill station. Rachael is thrilled to be a part of SLGFF’s 20th anniversary year!
JOHN CRISCITELLO is a multimedia video artist currently residing in Seattle. He studied visual art at the MunsonWilliams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY.
LACEY LEAVITT is a Seattle-based writerproducer whose credits include many indie film hits, including Colin Trevorrow’s SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, Lynn Shelton’s LAGGIES, Megan Griffiths’s LUCKY THEM, and Todd Rohal’s THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. She’s a Sundance Creative Producing Lab alum and co-directed and produced the SLGFF Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning roller derby documentary BLOOD ON THE FLAT TRACK.
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JOHN FARRAGE has worked as a director, writer, teacher, and actor on screen and stage in Seattle for most of the last 30 years. He is a proud member of Equity and SAG/AFTRA and supporter of the Seattle arts community.
EGAN ORION is a nonprofit executive director, writer, and filmmaker. Under his leadership, PrideFest at the Seattle Center has grown into one of the largest LGBTQ events in the country. He has also produced largescale flash mobs nationwide for the last six years. In a former life, Egan helped design the SLGFF website, and he’s thrilled to make a contribution to this year’s festival.
ANEESH SHETH is a singer, actress, producer, director, writer, educator, and activist living in Seattle. Born in India, she has traveled the United States performing in musicals, and later worked as a counselor with The Trevor Project and a patient advocate at Beth Israel Medical Center. In 2008, Aneesh began her journey as a transgender woman. Her first feature film, SEMI-SECRET, produced by Honey Toad Studios, will be released in late 2015, and her original series CRAVE completed its pilot episode.