In 2014 the festival introduced the Felix Awards. 39 films were up for consideration in 2018 for the best feature and documentary that deal with LGBTQ themes. The Felix was presented on Sunday, 11 November during the closing night gala ceremony at the Centro Cultural LSR – Odeon NET/CLARO.

The Felix in 2018 were presented to:

  • Best Feature: “Sócrates”, by Alex Moratto
  • Best Documentary: “Obscuro Barroco”, by Evangelia Kranioti (France / Greece)
  • Special Jury Prize: “Inferninho”, by Guto Parente and Pedro Diogenes

Prior to 2014 Festival do Rio gay-themed films had their own festival section, Gay World. Reflecting cultural change, the curators of the section felt the need to integrate the films in this category amongst all the many other sections of the festival, finishing with the traditional Gay Section and creating instead the Felix Award.
The president of the first Felix Jury was Wieland Speck, director of the Panorama Section of Berlin Festival and co-creator of Berlin’s Teddy Award.
The Felix award was taken from the Latin word ‘felix’, a synonym for ‘fortunate’, ‘joyful’, ‘satisfied’ and ‘happy’.
Films up for consideration for a Felix in 2018 included:

Expectations

  • Anchor and Hope, by Carlos Marqués-Marcet
  • Carmen and Lola, by Arantxa Echevarria
  • Friends, by Wanuri Kahiu
  • Skate Kitchen, by Crystal Moselle

Panorama

  • Ash Is Purest White, by Jia Zhangke
  • Colette, by Wash Westmoreland
  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, by Gus Van Sant
  • The Front Runner, by Jason Reitman
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Desiree Akhavan
  • The Quietude, by Pablo Trapero
  • Sorry Angel, by Christophe Honoré

Première Brasil 

  • Diamantino (Diamantino), by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, 
  • El Último País (The Last Country), by Gretel Marín Palacio
  • Gopi (Gopi), by Viviane D’Avilla and Paulo Dimantas
  • Inferninho (My Own Private Hell), by Pedro Diogenes and Guto Parente
  • Ilha (Island), by Ary Rosa and Glenda Nicácio
  • Invasão Drag (Drag Invasion), by Rafael Ribeiro
  • Jéssika (Jéssika), by Galba Gogóia
  • Nomes que Importam (Names that Matter), by Muriel Alves and Angela Donini
  • Mundo é Redondo Para Ninguém se Esconder Nos Cantos – Parte I: Refúgio (The World is Round So That Nobody Can Hide in the Corners – Part I: Refuge), by Leandro Goddinho
  • Preciso Dizer que te Amo (I Have To Say I Love You), by Ariel Nobre
  • Rogéria, Senhor Astolfo Barroso Pinto (Rogéria Mr. Astolfo Barroso Pinto), by Pedro Gui
  • Sempre Verei Cores no seu Cinza (I’ll Always See Colours in Your Gray), by Anabela Roque
  • Sócrates (Sócrates), by Alex Moratto
  • Tinta Bruta (Hard Paint), by Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher
  • Vigia (Night Watch), by João Victor Borges

Première Latina 

  • José by Li Cheng

Midnight

  • Buddies, by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.
  • The Daughters of Fre, by Albertina Carri
  • Knife + Heart, by Yann Gonzalez
  • Selvagem, by Camille Vidal-Naquet

Midnight Docs

  • Game Girls, by Alina Skrzeszewska
  • MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., by Stephen Loveridge
  • Obscuro Barroco”, by Evangelia Kranioti 

Unique Itineraries

  • Studio 54, by Matt Tyrnauer
  • Westwood: punk, icon, activist, by Lorna Tucker

The Felix jury for 2018 comprised:

ADRIANA L. DUTRA

Documentary filmmaker and executive director of the Inffinito Group, Adriana is responsible for the realisation and curation of 81 editions of the Inffinito Festival Circuit, that is made up of Brazilian film festivals in 10 cities around the world: Miami, New York, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Montevideo and Canudos. She has directed, scripted and produced various projects in the audiovisual sector.

CLAUDIA SALDANHA

Claudia is an assistant professor at UERJ. She holds a master's degree in visual arts and is a PhD student in UERJ's arts course. She was curator at MAC de Niterói (2006 to 2008) and director of the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (2008 to 2014). She has been the director of the Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace) since 2014.

FELIPE SHOLL

Felipe was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1982. His first feature, “Fala Comigo” (Speak With Me), won the Redentor awards for best film and best actress at Festival do Rio in 2016. It was screened in 2017 at BAFICI and the Havana Film Festival. His first short, “Tá” screened at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Teddy Award for Best Short in 2008. As a screenwriter Felipe has more than eight features to his credit.

VICENTE DE MELLO

Vicente is a photographer and curator. Since 1990, he has reflected in his work the historical tradition of the codes of cinematographic language, creating a stylistic visual lexicon as in the series Noite americana and O cinematógrafo. In 2007 he won the APCA for best photography exhibition with moiré.galáctica.bestiário, at the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo. The same year it was exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris,




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