Outfest, the gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles, announced its audience and grand jury award winners yesterday, with the films A Marine Story, BearCity, and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields earning major nods.

A Marine Story, directed by Ned Farr, won for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film, while BearCity writers Douglas Langway and Lawrence Ferber won for Outstanding Screenwriting and Strange Powers captured the award for Outstanding Documentary Film.

Outfest, one of the major gay and lesbian film festivals in the United States, wrapped two weeks of programming on Sunday. A Marine Story tackles the subject matter of the military's ban on gays and lesbians, with BearCity delving into the comical mishaps, lives, and romances of a group of male, “bear” friends. Strange Powers examines the work of musician Stephin Merritt and his band, The Magnetic Fields.

The complete list of winners are below:

Special Programming

Award for Freedom: The Topp Twins, directed by Leanne Pooley;

Artistic Achievement: Undertow (Contracorriente), directed by Javier Fuentes-Leon;

Emerging Talent: Drew Droege, actor

Audience Awards

Outstanding Documentary Short Film: I'm Just Anneke, directed by Jonathan Skurnik;

Outstanding Dramatic Short Film: You Move Me, directed by Gina Hirsch;

Outstanding Documentary Feature Film: Forever's Gonna Start Tonight, directed by Michelle Lawler;

Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film: A Marine Story, directed by Ned Farr;

Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: The Four-Faced Liar, directed by Jacob Chase

Grand Jury Awards

Outstanding Documentary Short Film: Close (Pod Bluzka), directed by Lucia Von Horn Pagano;

Outstanding Dramatic Short Film: Samaritan, directed by Magnus Mork;

Outstanding Documentary Feature Film: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields, directed by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara;

Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, directed by James Kent;

Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film: Dreya Weber, A Marine Story;

Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film: Stephen Guarino, BearCity;

Outstanding Screenwriting: Douglas Langway and Lawrence Ferber, BearCity;

Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film: A Marine Story, directed by Ned Farr.

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