Streaming service and film events company Lesflicks has announced the inaugural Lesflicks Film Awards.
Taking place between 13 December 2020 and February 2021, the awards will celebrate queer film and culminate in a weekend celebration over Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February 2021.
Since its creation last year, Lesflicks has been dedicated to supporting and amplifying knowledge of and access to inclusive content, promoting queer filmmakers, and connecting the community.
Lesflicks appreciates that entertainment has supported thousands of people during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite challenging circumstances, a number of films have been created and released, offering valuable representation when it has been needed most.
The Lesflicks Film Awards will connect the community of queer women, support and promote queer artists, and celebrate the power of queer entertainment.
The Lesflicks Audience Awards will highlight and promote the films, creators, distributors, and venues who are going above and beyond to amplify LGBT+ film.
The awards offer the chance to celebrate the best queer women’s film and television released this year, ranging from big titles such as Happiest Season and Portrait of a Lady on Fire to titles independent films distributed on platforms such as Lesflicks including Forever Not Maybe, webseries The Fortnight, and short film Odd Girls.
“When I first envisaged Lesflicks I had two clear aims – to increase the knowledge of and access to lesbian and bisexual films – in essence bringing the audience and the content together,” said founder Naomi Bennett.
“We have launched and substantially increased the amount of content available on the video on demand platform, increased the number of online events, and run several social media campaigns to showcase new content.
“All of these efforts are building on our key aims and to make it easier for that audience and films to connect.
“The awards are a fantastic way to give all parties a platform to celebrate and showcase improvements in the creation, distribution, and promotion of lesbian and bisexual film.”
From 13 December, viewers can nominate their favourite films, series, actors, and filmmakers for an array of exciting awards.
Lesflicks also wants to support those who have made this representation possible, acknowledging the efforts of those who strive to uplift queer creators and help them connect with their intended audience.
The awards weekend will kick off with a virtual awards dinner on Friday 5 February and then celebrate with a glorious awards presentation on Saturday 6 February.
Tickets for the virtual awards ceremony will become available in January.