Announces Finalists of Second Annual Gay & Lesbian Online Movie Awards

'Baby Steps,' Starring Academy Award-Winning Actress Kathy Bates Among

25 Short Movie Awards Nominees;

Audience Awards Voting Open: June 1-30

Jun 01, 2001, 01:00 ET from PlanetOut Partners, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ --, a leading Internet
 destination for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community,
 announced today the 25 finalists for the second annual Short
 Movie Awards, a landmark annual event showcasing the hottest talents in
 lesbian and gay short filmmaking.  The event includes $15,000 in cash prizes,
 to be awarded by a celebrity jury, as well as an online Audience Awards
 section (open for voting from June 1 to 30, 2001).
     Geoffrey Nauffts' poignant gay adoption drama, "Baby Steps," starring
 Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, is among the stellar pack of
 finalists.  Other highlights include "The Rape of Ganymede," a hilarious new
 short from "South Park" animator Dustin Woehrman and MTV Networks producer Tom
 Whitman; the gorgeously shot "Lullaby" from USC Film School graduate Antonia
 Kao; the lyrical "Casualty" by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson;
 and a powerful new documentary, "XXXY," about two intersex individuals born
 with ambiguous genitalia who confront the medical establishment.
     "It's like the Oscars of gay and lesbian cinema -- only shorter!" quipped
 Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto.  "The Short Movie
 Awards presents the best GLBT short films anywhere," said senior
 entertainment producer Jenni Olson.  "We're looking forward to lots of folks
 watching and voting in our online audience awards."
     The 25 finalists will reach a worldwide audience via online exhibition of
 their work on and through exposure on the AtomShockwave film
 site, at  The Short Movie Awards are
 sponsored by AtomFilms, Miller Brewing Company and Paper Magazine.  A DVD
 release of selected shorts from last year's Short Movie Awards
 is slated for August 2001 from L.A.-based Picture This! Entertainment.
     Celebrity Jury and Viewing Audience to Select Winners
     The distinguished jury includes such gay and lesbian film industry
 notables as openly gay actor Wilson Cruz (Supernova, All Over Me, "My So
 Called Life"), Sundance Film Festival and Outfest programmer Shannon Kelley,
 and acclaimed indie director Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader, the WB's
 "Popular").  The jury will select a $10,000 Grand Prize winner, as well as
 $1,000 First Prize winners in each of five categories (drama, comedy,
 animation, experimental, documentary).  Finalists will be showcased on the site throughout the month of June in competition for Audience
 Awards in each category.  Viewers from around the world will vote for their
     Winners will be announced and prizes presented at a special "
 Short Movie Awards" ceremony and program at Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay &
 Lesbian Film Festival (July 12-22, 2001).  The prizewinning filmmakers will be
 flown to Outfest for the Awards ceremony, where they will participate in the
 largest film festival of any kind in Southern California, attended by leading
 figures in the entertainment industry.  AtomFilms will give consideration to
 all finalists for possible international distribution deals, and Picture This!
 Entertainment will be screening finalists for potential inclusion on a 2001 Short Movie Awards DVD release.'s PopcornQ movie channel is the definitive source for GLBT
 movie news, reviews, interviews and professional resources.'s
 Online Cinema has been showcasing gay and lesbian films since 1997 and boasts
 hundreds of short films and movie trailers, including such acclaimed Sundance
 selections as Tina Gharavi's Closer, Lourdes Portillo's Sometimes My Feet Go
 Numb, and Tom's Flesh by Tom di Maria and Jane Wagner.  All films are
 presented in RealVideo, QuickTime and Windows Media Player formats.
     The Complete List of Finalists
     Animation:  Civil Enough by Marilyn Freeman; Numb by Dino Alberto and Dave
 Hughes; Piki and Poko by Mark Ewert and David Cutler; Tumbleweed Town by
 Samara Halperin; Via Wire by Clif Mok; The Rape of Ganymede by Dustin
 Woehrmann and Tom Whitman.  Comedy:  50 Ways by Angela Robinson; Color Me Gay
 by Eric Waddell and Jeffrey Wylie; Hi I'm Steve by Robert Kennedy; Trigger
 Happy by Laurie Schmidt; Watching Lesbian Porn by Dayna Mcleod.  Documentary:
 Destiny's Children by Kevin O'Keefe; Family Values by Eva Saks; No Backup by
 Efrat Tal; XXXY by Laleh Soomekh and Porter Gale; Youth Outloud! by Becky
 Burklee and Kathy Hines.  Drama:  Baby Steps by Geoffrey Nauffts; Broken
 Warning by Tadeo Garcia; Lives of the Pharaohs by Jonathan Wald; Lost Cause by
 Glenn Gaylord; Summer Light by Aaron Walker.  Experimental:  Borderline by
 Lisset Barcellos; Casualty by Andy Abrahams Wilson; Crimson by Gino T. and
 Byung K.; Girl Under The Table by Dominique Zeltman; Lullaby by Antonia Kao.
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