Outfest Awards Latino Filmmakers

New York-based Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva was the big winner at 2015 Outfest. His film Nasty Baby (pictured left) took home the top prize for Best U.S. Dramatic Feature. This is Silva’s third English-language film— Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and Magic Magic made festival rounds in 2013. Silva made his big splash on the film scene in 2009 with his critically acclaimed film The Maid.

Nasty Baby premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and it also won the Teddy Award (award for best LGBT-themed feature film) at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film follows gay couple Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) as they try and conceive a baby with their friend Polly (Kristen Wiig).

In the screenwriting category Carlos Ciurlizza and Mauricio Hoyos’ Peruvian-American feature Sebastian, won Best Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature. The drama tells the story of Sebastian who returns to his hometown to care for his ill mother, forcing him to come to terms with his past.

A few Latin-American films took home top-prizes in the Short Film sections as well. Mexican filmmaker Roberto Fiesco was awarded Best Dramatic Short for Tremulo. The Artistic Achievement Award went home with Mexican director Rigoberto Pérezcano for Carmín Tropical and New York-based filmmaker Ángeles Cruz, won the Audience Award for Dramatic Short for his film The Letter.

The 2015 Outfest LGBT Film Festival took place July 9-19 in Los Angeles, California.