Locally produced South Beach On Heels, a film about the popular drag stars at the Palace Bar on Ocean Drive, won best documentary on Sunday at closing night of the sixth annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Producer-director Dmitry Zhitov of Miami accepted the award at the party, held at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, which provided a buffet supper for closing night guests. Bacardi and Grey Goose supplied drinks.
“This is our 2014 sponsorship for the Fort Lauderdale gay film festival, we are happy to host it and we look forward in hosting many more,” said Patrick Reece, Bahia Mar’s general manager.
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First award of the night went to Aban + Khorshid, directed by Darwin Serink, and named best men’s short subject. The best women’s short subject went to She Said She Said directed by Stuart Blumberg.
Performer Vinna Rouge, a South Beach on Heels co-star, presented the women’s award. “Isn’t it amazing how short films can show the beauty of ladies?” Rouge told guests. “Ladies are important and, more importantly, are the short videos because we can show the beauty, delicate and sensual parts.”
The festival’s opening night movie, Cuatro Lunas (Four Moons) directed by Sergio Tovar Velarde of Mexico, won for best debut picture. Best feature film: The Way He Looks directed by Daniel Ribeiro of Brazil.
Vinna Rouge closed out the night wearing a blue one-shoulder gown and performing her song, On the Inside.