About the Lesflicks Film Awards

The Lesflicks Film Awards aims to identify, highlight and promote the films, creators and distributors who are going above and beyond in helping to #AmplifyLBTQFilm

Why now?

In response to further lockdowns, the movement of awards season to April, and the number of excellent quality lesbian films released in 2020 we have made the decision to launch our awards to give everyone something positive to look forward to and focus on. Entertainment has been key to combatting boredom and isolation and we’re proud to be supporting those making these films – particularly when lesbian film in particular suffers from a lack of financial investment, quality distribution and marketing.

We’re doing something quite new and innovative, both acknowledging and celebrating our community and also the remote isolated position many of us are in due to the pandemic across the world. This is the first event of its kind, and we’re excited to be innovating and creating a 100% digital awards event that celebrates an under-represented and often invisible part of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you’re forward thinking, diversity-friendly, care about ensuring all parts of the LGBTQ+ community are supported and want to help bring some positivity and support to the world then this is the event for you!

The Lesflicks Film Awards Rules

The shortlist is decided based on the number of nominations received.

Only one nomination per person is permitted; checks on IP addresses will be made and mass nominating will jeopardise your nomination’s chance of winning as it will result in your nominations being disqualified. Full Lesflicks Film Awards rules available here.
Media Partner

Read our article about the Lesflicks Film Awards Shortlist including a full list of award categories and their nominees here.

Nominations open 13rd December 2020 at 00:01 GMT and close 15st January 2021 at 23:59 GMT

Voting opens 21st January 2021 and closes 31st January 2021 at 23:59 GMT

The LFAs Virtual Dinner & Award Ceremony took place on Feb 5th & 6th 2021.

The Lesflicks Film Awards 2021 Ceremony is AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW on the Lesflicks YouTube channel and below.

YOUR LFAs2021 SHORTLISTED NOMINEES & Winners

HEADLINE AWARDS

These are our headline awards, where we aim to raise awareness of films and series. Whilst films with a big distributor and A-list names of institutional backing are well-known, many independent films and series are not as they don’t get the same exposure. We aim to elevate all LBTQ+ content so that they all have a chance to be seen and recognised for their good work.

Best Queer Person working behind the camera

  • Alexandra Swarens
  • Cory Xenos
  • *WINNER*: Nicole Conn
  • Shamim Sarif

Best Queer Icon in front of the camera

  • Dominique Provost-Chalkley
  • *WINNER*: Katherine Barrell
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Elliot Page

Community Amplification (fandom communities)

  • Damie
  • *WINNER*: Earpers
  • Fortnighters

THEATRICAL AWARDS

Filmmakers create their films with the big screen in mind. Nothing beats the shared experience of watching a film on the big screen and experiencing the reaction of those in the room. Getting lost in the moment. We want to thank those cinemas that programme lesbian & bisexual films.

Best Cinema/Theater

  • BFI London
  • *WINNER*: Landmark Cinemas
  • The Roxie

Best Film Club or Society

  • A Fortnighter, Lucas Restoration Retreat Zoomland
  • Forum+ International LGBTQ+ Film Club
  • *WINNER*: Lesflicks

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Film Festivals offer valuable exposure for films; they offer communal, shared and unique experiences in which the films, their creatives, the points of views, ideas, and audiences collectively meet together. Often festivals are where audiences first hear about new films. We want to celebrate those who are doing a great job at promoting wlw stories within their festivals.

Best Mainstream non-LGBTQ+ Film Festival

  • North Hollywood CineFest
  • Sundance
  • *WINNER*: TIFF. Toronto International Film Festival

Best LGBTQ Film Festival

The audience choice for the best LGBTQ+ film festival for its inclusion of lesbian & bisexual stories within the film festival in 2020.

  • BFI Flare
  • Frameline International Film Festival
  • *WINNER*: Outfest

Best Lesbian Film Festival

The audience choice for the best lesbian-specific film festival for putting lesbian & bisexual stories at its centre and for its inclusion and promotion of lesbian & bisexual stories in 2020.

  • Cinema Systers Film Festival
  • *WINNER*: LFEST Lesflicks Film Festival
  • Reel Affirmations
  • San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival

PR, MARKETING & MEDIA AWARDS

You can’t search for a film if you don’t know it exists or what it is called. For this reason, film PR, marketing and media promotion is essential in getting wlw films in front of the intended audience.  We want to celebrate those who are covering films featuring wlw stories.

Best Media Outlet

The audience choice for the best mainstream non-LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ media outlets for championing and sharing lesbian & bisexual film. This is for news websites, blogs, journalists who write about and signal boost wlw films and series.

  • Alex Shillington on YouTube
  • Autostraddle
  • Buzzfeed
  • *WINNER*: GLAAD

Best PR and Marketing Campaign for 2020

  • *WINNER*: Happiest Season
  • Proud Parent (Oreo and PFlag)

DISTRIBUTION & STREAMING AWARDS

For you to be able to watch films legally, they need to be available to watch. Distributors and streaming platforms are key in bringing films to an audience. We want to celebrate those that support wlw stories, whether that be through ethical pricing, pro-active promotion, or diversity of content.

Best mainstream non-LGBTQ+ digital platform

  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • YouTube

Best Film distributed independently 2020

REGIONAL AWARDS

Although, the progress of wlw content across the world is moving forward at different rates, these wlw films and series are being created. So we look to highlight all the content being made with local stories and within their local areas.

Best Middle Eastern / African title 2020

Best Oceanic title 2020

Best South American title 2020

THE FUN AWARDS

We’re all about community, and we also know that the audience loves the chemistry in film. So we have a few more light hearted awards.

Best Couple 2020

Best Kiss 2020

Best Line 2020

Best Sex Scene 2020