Clark Nikolai among winners at this year’s festival

A near capacity crowd was on hand for the closing gala of the 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival as filmmakers were honoured for their feature and short films of the 24th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Vancouver filmmaker Clark Nikolai was among the winners at the 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Walking away with the inaugural GayVancouver.Net Coast is Queer Award was Clark Nickolai (photo right courtesy of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival) for his short Treviano a la Luna.  Set to the music of Rossini, the ten minute short is entirely sung in operatic style and tells the story of a man who has a daydream that his life has become an opera.  Nickolai was selected as the winner by the Out On Screen programming committee and guest juror, Laurel Smith, a visual effects film professional from Toronto.

The OUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Feature was presented to Argentinian filmmaker Javier Van de Couter for his film Mia, the story of trans woman Alé and her life in a Buenos Aires shanty town.  Jose Ignacio Correa walked away with the OUTtv Hot Pink Shorts Award for his film Jackie, the story of a young priest struggling with gender identity and sexuality.

The Gerry Brunet Memorial Award, a juried award for the best short film created by a BC director, went to David Nguyen for his film Insert Credit.  An autobiographical film told through the style and format of an older, side-scrolling video game, Insert Credit is the story of how the death of Nguyen’s dad affected him.

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