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Press Release: Derek Oyston Film Award

23 March 2011

LONDON, March 14 2011 CHE, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, in consultation with the British Film Institute, has announced the official longlist for the 2011 Derek Oyston Film Award.

CHE judge Ian Stewart said, "A generous bequest from deceased gay Tynesider Derek Oyston funds the £2000 Film Prize, which is awarded with a framed diploma during the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. We are delighted to be working again in partnership with the BFI festival organisers, in the runup to this year's landmark 25th anniversary London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival."

The LLGFF will run this year from 31 March to 6 April. Programmes are presently being distributed, or can be found online through the BFI's comprehensive website at www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/. "Films eligible for the Derek Oyston Film Prize should be at least 45 minutes long, screened at the LLGFF, and reflect the campaigning ideals of CHE," explained Stewart. "A panel of three CHE activists review the films and work with Festival reps to select the winner."

For 2011 the Derek Oyston Film Award longlist films are:

  • Jan's Coming Out
  • Lost in the Crowd
  • We Were Her
  • Sex Drags and Rock 'n' Roll
  • Put This on the Map
  • Making the Boys
  • Heart Breaks Open

Jan's Coming Out is a lively documentary about a 50 year old woman's coming-out, and interviewing lots of lesbians about their lives. Lost in the Crowd is about homelessness among LGBT youth in New York, with an emphasis on Trans issues. We Were Here is a documentary about the Aids crisis in San Francisco, presenting the stories of five different individuals. Sex Drags and Rock 'n' Roll and Put This on the Map are two separate short films about queer youth activists. Making the Boys is about the history of the groundbreaking play and subsequent film, The Boys in the Band. Heart Breaks Open is a story about a queer activist and advocate whose world implodes after discovering that he is HIV positive.

2009's inaugural Derek Oyston Film Prize was awarded to Darling: The Pieter Dirk Uys Story. Pieter Dirk Uys is a renowned performer and HIV educator in South Africa.

2010's prize went to Kuchus of Uganda, about the appalling homophobic discrimination being faced by Ugandan LGBT people.

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality is a democratic voluntary organisation, working since 1969 to change the attitudes and laws that make life difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. More information can be found on the website: www.c-h-e.org.uk.

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