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Press Release: Shortlist announced for the Derek Oyston Film Prize

30 March 2011

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (www.c-h-e.org.uk) has announced the shortlist for the 2011 Derek Oyston Film Prize, to be presented at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Nettie Pollard, a judge in the annual competition for the past three years, said “All of the longlisted films are exciting and challenging. It has proven very difficult to choose which of these films tie-in best with the objectives of CHE.”

“After extensive discussion, the panel of three CHE judges, in collaboration with the British Film Institute, has voted to shortlist four titles.”

We Were Here is a deeply moving account of the San Francisco lesbian and gay community’s early mobilization around the AIDS epidemic, at a time when treatments were unknown.

Mutantes examines the pro-sex movement, through punk porn feminism.

Jan’s Coming Out features a Yorkshire lesbian coming out at 50, and enquiring of her peers.

Lost in the Crowd follows the life changes of several LGBT street youths in New York City over a period of several years.

A winning film will be selected from the four shortlisted titles, and presented with the £2000 award during the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The Festival opens on Thursday, 31 March, and runs until Wednesday 6 April, at the National Film Theatre on Southbank, located under Waterloo Bridge.

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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