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39th REELING: CHICAGO LGBTQ+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNING FILMS

2021 Edition Ran In-Person and Virtually September 23 - October 7, 2021


CHICAGO, Illinois -- The 39th Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival today announced the winning films from its 2021 program, which included 33 feature films and 54 short films curated in nine programs. This year's submissions came from more than 15 countries including Israel, Turkey, Iran, Australia, Italy, Romania, and Chile. This year's Festival ran September 24 - 30 in-person and September 27 - October 7 virtually. Reeling is the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, and a Chicago cultural institution. JURY AWARD WINNERS Best Documentary Feature INVISIBLE: GAY WOMEN IN SOUTHERN MUSIC Dir. T.J. Parsell Best Narrative Feature DOWN IN PARIS Dir. Antony Hickling Best Documentary Short Film SCARS Dir. Alex Anna Best Narrative Short Film MY MOTHER'S GIRLFRIEND Dir. Arun Fulara AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS Audience Award for Documentary Feature GEMMEL & TIM Dir. Michiel Thomas Audience Award for Narrative Feature MASCARPONE Dirs. Alessandro Guida and Matteo Pilati Audience Award for Narrative Short NEW FLESH FOR THE OLD CEREMONY Dir. Elizabeth Rakhilkina Audience Award for Experimental Short CAUSE OF DEATH Dir. Jyoti Mistry Audience Award for Documentary Short FARAWAY Dir. Aziz Zoromba

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