The Ninth annual edition of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival called it a wrap on Sunday night, September 25th, 2016, and today announced its annual selection of audience favorites, plus another group of films selected by the festival director.
“We have historically only published audience awards,” said Michael C. Green, Festival Director, and Managing Director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “But this year, I felt we should also give awards to films that the festival felt strongly about. Some films won in both categories, and others won in one or the other." Audience surveys continued to indicate a very high level of audience satisfaction, with most films scoring eighty percent or higher.
"We screened forty four feature films this year, and twenty three of them earned Audience Choice Awards (meaning that they scored eighty five percent or higher on audience surveys)." Green continued. "And out of the fifty seven shorts we screened, twenty of them earned Audience Choice Awards.
Audience Choice Award Winners among feature films included: Akron, An Act of Love, Clambake, Fair Haven, Flatbush Luck, Growing Up Coy, Heartland, I Am Michael, Jonathan, Kiss Me Kill Me, Last Men Standing, Lazy Eye, Major!, Oriented, People You May Know, Remembering the Man, Retake, Shared Rooms, Stonewall: The Movement, Summertime, Throuple, What's the matter with Gerald? and Women Who Kill. Highest among all the high scoring films was this year’s closing night film, Retake, which scored a ninety six percent rating among audience members.
Short Films that won Audience Choice Award Winners included: 1992, #NonaHendryx Transformation, Bed Buddies, Big Star, Equal Justice Under Law, Harmful Sensations, Love, Colin, Lunch, Monty, Rainbow Day Camp, Rebounding, Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale, Son of a Preacher Man, Speak, The Champion, The Ex Factor, The Man Crush, The Right Bank, The Seder, Tri-Curious, and True Colours.
Short Films given the Director’s Award included: 1992, #NonaHendryx Transformation, Bed Buddies, Love, Colin, Lunch, Monty, Mukwano, Oh, I Get It, Rats That Eat Men, The Seder, Son of a Preacher Man, Speak, Tri-Curious, and True Colours.
Cinema Diverse continued its long-standing tradition of inviting audiences and filmmakers alike into “after parties” at a number of local venues. The Opening Night after party found revelers at Appetito Cal Italian Deli for delicious hors d’oeuvres and an amazing good time. Friday night, after a full day of screenings, audience members and filmmakers were treated to an awesome array of food at BONTA in Cathedral City to celebrate the addition of Desert Cinema as the fourth screen for Cinema Diverse. Saturday night, the crowd was off to Tropicale for great food and drink. Finally, after the last films of the day, guests were greeted by cocktails and a variety of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room. “Everyone looks forward to our after parties,” said Green. “Each of our sponsor venues provides over the top food, service, atmosphere and entertainment. This year every one of them was off the charts!”
Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival is a Palm Springs Cultural Center Program.
The 2016 Edition of Cinema Diverse was presented by The City of Palm Springs, HERE Media, the Western Wind Foundation, Union Bank, the City of Cathedral City, I-10 Toyota, Desert Regional Medical Center and Barefoot Wines.