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2019 Provincetown Film Festival Winners Include ‘Official Secrets,’ ‘Gay Chorus Deep South,’ and More

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The 2019 Provincetown Film Festival have announced their winners for this year’s edition of the fest. Sponsored by HBO, the festival came out with Gavin Hood’s biographical drama “Official Secrets” taking the Audience Award. The film is one of many Sundance premieres touring the festival circuit and it stars Keira Knightley as a British whistleblower. Further, in the documentary field, the John Schlesinger Award went to David Charles Rodrigues’ “Gay Chorus Deep South,” about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus touring the American Deep South. The music based documentary first premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April, earning the Documentary Audience Award there.

Read the Provincetown Film Festival winners below.

HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature:

OFFICIAL SECRETS, directed by Gavin Hood

HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature:

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

The John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker:

SWALLOW, directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis

The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature was producer Christine Vachon.

The John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker:

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, directed by David Charles Rodrigues

The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature was writer/producer Mark Protosevich.

HBO Documentary Short Film:

CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961, directed by Sini Anderson

Michael Urie in “Lavender”

Here Media Best Queer Short Film:

LAVENDER, directed by Matthew Puccini

Best Narrative Short Film:

LOCKDOWN, directed by Celine Held and Logan George

Best Animated Short Film:

UNDER COVERS, directed by Michaela Olsen

Best New England Short Film:

THE BLACK MAMBAS, directed by Bruce Donnelly

Best Student Short Film:

FRAN THIS SUMMER, directed by Mary Evangelista
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The Short Film Jury was made up of activist Byllye Avery; filmmaker Rhys Ernst; and musician J Mascis.

What are your thoughts on the winners out of Provincetown Film Festival? Comment below!

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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