QFilm Festival 2018: Jury, audience winners announced

Transmilitary Documentary

The award-winning documentary “Transmilitary” follows transgender service members who challenged the Pentagon’s anti-transgender policy. Photo: Publicity image.

LONG BEACH — Jury and audience award winners have been announced the 2018 QFilm Festival.

The festival, which launched in 1993, took place from September 6 to 9 at the Art Theatre and the neighboring Long Beach LGBTQ Center. More than 30 films were screened during the four-day event.

The annual film festival showcases features, documentaries, and short films.

Here are the winners.


  • Best Narrative Feature

“Wild Nights with Emily” — An irreverent comedy about famous poet Emily Dickinson, brought to vivid lesbian life by Molly Shannon.

  • Best Documentary Feature

“Man Made” — Award-winning documentary on transgender bodybuilders.

  • Best Director Feature

Ondi Timoner, “Mapplethorpe” — The story of controversial gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe that stars Matt Smith (“Dr. Who” and ”The Crown”) in the title role.

  • Best Screenplay Feature

Madeleine Olnek, “Wild Nights with Emily”

  • Best Short Film


  • Best Director, Short Film

Abraham Troen, “Finding Home” — Three stories of LGBTQ asylum seekers seeking refuge throughout Los Angeles.

  • Best Screenplay, Short Film

Ben Okrent, “Edmund the Magnificent”


  • Best Feature Film


  • Best Documentary

“Transmilitary” — Award-winning documentary about transgender service members who challenged the Pentagon.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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