First Felix Awards winners are let out of the closet
Gay movies are out of the closet at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival as the festival presented its first awards dedicated to gay-themed cinema – the Felix Awards. Three awards were given out on 6 October duing a ceremony at Rio’s prestigious Banco do Brasil cultural centre (CCBB), presented by among others Rio’s re-elected Federal Deputy Jean Wyllys and popular actor Mateus Solano. Reflecting the international reach of the festival, the awards recognized gay filmmaking achievements from Brazil, Australia, Greece, France and Belgium.
The winners, selected from 43 films in this year’s Festival do Rio that in some way represent LGBT culture, were named as:
Best Fiction Film:
Xenia, directed by Panos H. Koutras (Greece/ Françe/ Belgium, 2014)
Tie and Red Nail (De Gravata e Unha Vermelha), directed by Miriam Chnaiderman (Brasil, 2014)
Special Jury Prize:
52 Tuesdays, directed by Sophie Hyde (Australia, 2014)