NEW YORK — Following multiple days of screenings and parties culminating in its 13th annual awards show, CineKink has announced the winners of 2016’s adult film festival.
According to director and CineKink co-founder Lisa Vandever, who presented the awards at the closing celebration on Sunday, March 6, the overall quality of the films was consistently high this year.
“Congratulations not just to the winners tonight,” Vandever says, “but to all of the works for being part of such a stellar line-up!”
Among the accolades are the Audience Choice Awards, given to “The Red Umbrella Diaries” by David Kornfield for “Best Documentary Feature,” with “Schnick Schnack Schnuck” by Maike Brochhaus taking the nod for “Best Narrative Feature,” and an Honorable Mention award going to “Sector King Zulu King” by Maria Beatty and Nickel Dakota.
In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to “Feminist Porn Filmmakers” by Lora Hristova for “Best Documentary Short;” “An Appointment with My Master” by Erika Lust for “Best Narrative Short;” “Pepper” by Patrick Aubert for “Best Dramatic Short;” “Dad in Mum” by Fabrice Bracq as “Best Comedy Short;” “Locked” by René de Sans and Mamana for “Best Experimental Short; ” and “RITES” by Bunnyz for “Best Musical Short.”
“Honorable Best Mention” awards were presented to “Everybody Does It” by Meg Brotherton; “I Am a Tourist I Would Like to See Him Naked” by Margie Schnibbe a.k.a. Vena Virago; and “Wild Lovers” by Isabel Dresler. A special CineKink Festival Award for “Outstanding Creative Vision” was announced for “Clitorissima” by Giovanna Carla Gia Balestra a.k.a. Vulvah van Klitt, with animation by Sarah Koppel.
Determining the shorts awards, CineKink jurors this year included Viviane Tang, of sex blog “Viviane’s Sex Carnival;” Bill Woods, a film festival programmer and curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives; and Charles Lum, an alumnni CineKink filmmaker.
The annual CineKink “Bring It!” award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to “Houseboy” by Pandora Blake.
The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the series “Broad City” by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson/Comedy Central, for its “affirmation that women have raging libidos equivalent to that of any guy.”
Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the television series “Inside Amy Schumer” by Amy Schumer and Andy Powell/Comedy Central; and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna/The CW; and to the feature film “Magic Mike XXL” by Reid Carolin/Warner Bros. Pictures.
The works eligible for consideration in this year’s festival were those released or aired in the U.S. from January 1 through December 31, 2015.
A traveling version of the CineKink festival is set to appear in various cities throughout the coming year.
For more information, visit CineKink.com.