For your greatest pleasure! Reeling LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Winners

Reeling: The 39th Chicago International LGBTQ Film Festival was held September 23-October 7 in a hybrid format. Films were screened at the Music Box Theater and Landmark Century Center Cinema, as well as online streaming.

There were 23 narrative feature films, 10 documentary feature films and nine short film programs. All feature films and short films touched on various themes and came from all over the world.

Jury Prize

As one of the largest LGBTQ film arts events in the country, its jury awards are sought after by film artists. There were five jury winners.

The AARP Silver Image Award went to Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music by director TJ Parsell. The same film won Best Documentary Feature.

Best Narrative Feature went to Down in Paris by director Antony Hickling.

The best documentary short was awarded to scars by director Alex Anna.

Nest Narrative Short Fim was awarded to My mother’s girlfriend by director Arun Fulara.

Audience Award

Public prizes were also awarded.

Best Documentary Feature was presented at Gemmel and Tim by director Michael Thomas.

Best Narrative Feature was presented at Marscarpone by directors Alessandro Guida and Matteo Pilati.

Best Narrative Short was presented at New flesh for the old ceremony by director Elizabeth Rakhilkina.

The best experimental short film was presented at Cause of death by director Jyoti Mistry.


Since April 1981, Reeling has featured LGBTQ filmmakers and films that explore queer themes and history.