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CineKink Announces Award Winners at Annual Kinky Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY; March 9, 2016 - Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its thirteenth annual appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2016 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival's closing celebration on Sunday, March 6, 2016
"The overall quality of the films was consistently high this year," noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. "Congratulations not just to the winners tonight, but to all of the works for being part of such a stellar line-up!"
Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2016 were given to "The Red Umbrella Diaries" (David Kornfield) for Best Documentary Feature, with "Schnick Schnack Schnuck" (Maike Brochhaus) winning for Best Narrative Feature, and an Honorable Mention award going to "Sector King Zulu King" (Maria Beatty and Nickel Dakota).
In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to "Feminist Porn Filmmakers" (Lora Hristova) for Best Documentary Short, "An Appointment with My Master" (Erika Lust) for Best Narrative Short, "Pepper" (Patrick Aubert) for Best Dramatic Short, "Dad in Mum" (Fabrice Bracq) for Best Comedy Short, "Locked" (René de Sans and Mamana) for Best Experimental Short, and "RITES" (Bunnyz) for Best Musical Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to "Everybody Does It" (Meg Brotherton), "I Am a Tourist I Would Like to See Him Naked" (Margie Schnibbe aka Vena Virago) and "Wild Lovers" (Isabel Dresler). A special CineKink Festival Award for Outstanding Creative Vision was announced for "Clitorissima" (Giovanna Carla Gia Balestra aka Vulvah van Klitt, with animation by Sarah Koppel)
Determining the shorts awards, CineKink jurors this year included Viviane Tang, ring-leader of the 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" (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" (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" (Amy Schumer and Andy Powell/Comedy Central) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna/The CW), and to the feature film "Magic Mike XXL" (Reid Carolin/Warner Bros. Pictures). Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2015.
Making its 13th annual run March 1-6, 2016, CineKink NYC featured a specially selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," the event is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented at CineKink NYC ranged from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between.
Sponsors of CineKink NYC/2016 included PURE, along with Bowery Bliss, KinkyMedical.net and njoy, plus Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Purple Passion, Pleasure Salon and Conduit.
Selections from CineKink NYC will be featured in a traveling version of the festival, slated to appear in various cities throughout the coming year.
For more information, visit http://cinekink.com

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PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS:
A range of publicity stills from the CineKink 2016 films and selected event photos:
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ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOS:
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CONTACT: Lisa Vandever
PHONE: 917-609-5928 (press contacts only, please, not for publication)
EMAIL: press2016 at cinekink.com
WEB: http://www.cinekink.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/cineKink
ABOUT CINEKINK NYC
Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," CineKink NYC returned for its thirteenth annual appearance March 1-6, 2016, to be followed by a national showcase tour. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of kink-positive depictions in film and television, works featured at CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between.
For more information, visit http://cinekink.com
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CINEKINK NYC/2016 - DETAILED AWARD INFORMATION
1) CINEKINK CHOICE - AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
CineKink Choice awards, which go to feature-length works in competition during the festival, were determined by audience balloting at the close of each eligible work's screening. The 2016 award winners are:
CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
THE RED UMBRELLA DIARIES
Drawing upon the stories of seven diverse New Yorkers, all working in different sectors of the sex trade, this documentary digs deep into the personal experiences of people who trade sex for a living, and illuminates the complexities and contradictions that sex workers face as they try to do right by themselves and people they care about. (Directed by David Kornfield, 2015, USA, 99 minutes. Storytellers include anna saini, Audacia Ray, Ceyenne Doroshow, Dominick, Essence Revealed, Page and Sailor.)
CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
SCHNICK SCHNACK SCHNUCK
A refreshingly up-to-date and sun-dappled homage to 1970s porn, this charming farce combines explicit sex with a playful take on relationships, love, sex and jealousy. Here‘s the skinny: Felix plans to spend the weekend at a music festival in Amsterdam with his buddy, Kai. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Emmi, ought to stay home and grade papers. But commitment is not exactly Kai‘s strongest suit, and then Emmi‘s high school friend, Magda, turns up with some intriguing revelations. Naturally, things get a little out of hand—and everybody is naked in the end! (Directed by Maike Brochhaus, 2015, Germany, 84 minutes. Stars Jana Sue Zuckerberg, Felix Anderson, Elia Légère, Jenz, Dana and Sören.)
CineKink Choice Award for Best Feature - Honorable Mention:
SECTOR KING ZULU KING
Through boot camp to the battlefield, three female soldiers are prepared to face the enemy. Armed with the required instruments and the mindset to carry out their objective, the destruction and violence that awaits them will set their scene just fine. And as crude devices for sexually-inspired discipline, their guns and ammo may serve them well. (Directed by Maria Beatty and Nickel Dakota, 2016, USA, 58 minutes. Stars Autumn Bodell, Mal Martine and Devorah.)


2) CINEKINK BEST - JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORTS
CineKink Best awards, which go to short works in competition during the festival, were determined by jury deliberation and ranking. The 2016 award winners are:
CineKink Best Documentary Short:
FEMINIST PORN FILMMAKERS
Explores the definitions of feminist porn, issues around genderqueer visibility, sex education, internet piracy and censorship. (Directed by Lora Hristova, 2015, United Kingdom, 28 minutes. Shot on location at the Berlin Pornfilm Festival, interviews include CineKink alumni filmmakers Jiz Lee, Shine Louise Houston, Petra Joy, Ms Naughty, Pandora Blake, Maria Bala, Lucie Blush and Alyx Fox, along with Audrey Fox and Yvette Luhrs.)
CineKink Best Narrative Short:
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY MASTER
The fantasy: “I would love to find the Master of my dreams. I would set an appointment with him, I don’t know, once a month. Just like you do with a psychologist or a dentist or a hairdresser.” (Directed by Erika Lust, 2015, Spain, 15 minutes. Stars Amarna Millar and Mickey Mod.)
CineKink Best Comedy Short:
DAD IN MUM
The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents' door. Two young sisters are asking questions... (Directed by Fabrice Bracq, 2015, France, 6 minutes.)
CineKink Best Dramatic Short:
PEPPER
It’s a painful awakening after an evening of fantasies explored. (Directed by Patrick Aubert, 2015, Canada, 7 minutes. Stars Chantal Bellavance, Frédérique Proulx and Eloïse Tanguay Simard.)
CineKink Best Experimental Short:
LOCKED
One man spends his days in a chastity cage, locked away yet teased, loved and tormented, waiting for his release. Will it ever come? (Directed by René de Sans and Mamana, 2015, Germany, 4 minutes.)
CineKink Best Musical Short:
RITES
A young man is lured to NYC’s Black Party, where he lusts after the object of his obsession and experiments with the rituals of an underground society.
(Directed by Bunnyz, 2015, USA, 11 minutes. Miles G Jackson, Hans Berlin, Walter Dundervill, Paul Martin, Maddelyn Hadde, Baroness, Darrel Thorne, Desert Sin, Defacto, Lady Circus, Company XIV, Glenar McQueen and a cast of thousands.)
CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:
EVERYBODY DOES IT
A young woman takes her sexuality into her own hands--literally.
Directed by Megan Brotherton, 2015, USA, 11 minutes.
I AM A TOURIST I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM NAKED
A first German lesson to learn your way around Berlin.
Directed by Margie Schnibbe (AKA Vena Virago), 2015, USA, 4 minutes. Stars Luc Notsnad.
WILD LOVERS
A beautiful day in the country with some sunshine and some rope.
Directed by Isabel Dresler, 2015, USA, 5 minutes. Stars Jiz Lee and Valentine.
CineKink Festival Award for Outstanding Creative Vision:
CLITORISSIMA
A global initiative towards clitoris awareness is made through women’s stories and animated art. (Directed by Giovanna Carla Gia Balestra AKA Vulvah van Klitt, 2015, Denmark, 15 minutes; with animation by Sarah Koppel.)
3) “BRING IT!" - ADULT INDUSTRY SHOWCASE AWARD
The annual CineKink "Bring It!" award is determined by audience ballot during a presentation of short works and excerpts showcasing adult cinema.
HOUSEBOY
Submissive Tai Crimson applies to be Pandora Blake's new houseboy. But gorgeous trans housegirl Eliza Grey is jealous. With discipline and compassion, can the pair be trained to get along? (Directed by Pandora Blake, 2015, United Kingdom, 18 minutes.)
4) CINEKINK TRIBUTE - RECOGNITION OF SEX-POSITIVITY IN MAINSTREAM FILM/TV
Annual festival award for Extraordinary Depiction of Kink and Sex-Positivity in Mainstream Film/Television. Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 through December 31, 2015.
CineKink Tribute/2016:
BROAD CITY (Creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; Comedy Central)
Honorable Mentions:
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna; The CW)
INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Creators Amy Schumer and Andy Powell; Comedy Central)
MAGIC MIKE XXL (Writer/producer Reid Carolin; Warner Bros. Pictures)

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