Reeling: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival announced the winners of the Best Narrative and Documentary Feature Jury and Audience Awards, recognizing artistic achievements in global LGBTQ+ independent storytelling and audience-voted favorites.
Also announced is the winner of the AARP Silver Image Award, presented by sponsor AARP Illinois, an award that champions films with multi-dimensional LGBTQ+ characters aged 50+.
The festival, held in person and online Sept. 22-Oct. 6, showcased 51 programs, including 37 feature films, one web series and 13 short-film programs, with movies coming from 26 different countries.
Short film awards will be announced soon.
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Two Eyes, by Travis Fine
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Jimmy in Saigon, by Peter McDowell
AARP Silver Image Award Winner: Prognosis: Notes on Living, by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley Steiner
Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature: Elephant, by Kamil Krawczycki
Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature: Uyra: The Rising Forest, by Juliana Curi
The Narrative Feature Jury was composed of Northwestern University film and queer theory professor Nick Davis, Chicago-based filmmaker Jennifer Reeder and actor/comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. The Documentary Feature Jury included documentarian Ronit Bezalel, filmmaker Rob Christopher and film reviewer/communications director Hank Sartin.