Jamie Babbit’s short film Stuck, about a couple of elderly lesbian lovers on their way to bingo, has taken the Grand Prize at the third annual Short Movie Awards!

The Short Movie Awards are presented by HBO in asscoiation with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The event includes two tiers of awards: the Jury Awards, which offers $7,500 in cash prizes awarded by a celebrity jury, as well as online Audience Awards based on
votes by site visitors. The Movie Awards are streamed on the Web giving a broad international audience access to cutting-edge gay and lesbian films.

“We’re thrilled that the Short Movie Awards continue to make a significant contribution to gay and lesbian film, propelling new talent and offering a fresh platform for our community to express itself,” said
Jenni Olson, entertainment producer at “The high caliber of work and diversity of content in the winners this year is astounding.”

The winners of the Short Movie Awards are –

GRAND PRIZE (JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS): Jamie Babbit’s (“But I’m a Cheerleader”, “Popular”) Stuck,” a wacky lesbian geriatric melodrama that nabbed an honorable mention at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

ANIMATION (JURY AND AUDIENCE): “Ladies Tea,” Paula J. Durrette’s humorous look at the patterns that occur over the course of a ladies’ tea dance.

COMEDY (JURY AND AUDIENCE): “Interview With My Next Girlfriend.” Cassandra Nicolaou screens nine candidates for one position.

DRAMA (JURY AWARDS): Carl Pfirman’s “Confession,” about a dying man’s request to see a priest, against his partner’s wishes.

DRAMA (AUDIENCE AWARDS): A street kid and a brokenhearted man forge an unlikely friendship in S. Leo Chiang’s “Safe Journey.”

DOCUMENTARY (JURY AWARDS): A look at a woman who was denied a pension after her lesbian partner was killed in the line of duty in “Losing Lois,” by filmmakers Julie Hill, Kathy Richter and Barbara Rosenthal.

DOCUMENTARY (AUDIENCE AWARDS): “Madonnalogue,” Mark McCormick’s bittersweet exploration of Madonna’s impact on gay men, particularly the filmmaker.

EXPERIMENTAL (JURY AND AUDIENCE): “Historia de amor en baño público” (“Love Story in a Public Restroom”) is Pablo Oliverio’s gritty experimental short about a streetwise punk with the hots for a tough older-brother figure.

“The quality and creativity of the winning films in the Short Movie Awards makes the participation of HBO such a rewarding experience. Helping gain exposure for such exemplary bodies of work continues to be part of HBO’s mission as a company,” said Maria Weaver, director of segment marketing at HBO.

Check out the winners at the website!

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