CineKink Announces Award Winners at Twelfth Annual Kinky Film Festival

 

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CineKink Announces Award Winners at Twelfth Annual Kinky Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY; March 4, 2015 – Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its twelfth anniversary appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2015 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing celebrations held on Sunday, March 1, 2015

“It was an especially tight competition this year,” noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. “It’s an indication of the overall quality of the works showcased this festival, that our jurors and audience had such a hard time choosing between them. And what we’re honoring tonight is the absolute best of the best.”

Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2015 were given to “Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story” (Michael Lee Nirenberg) for Best Documentary Feature, with “Marriage 2.0” (Paul Deeb) winning for Best Narrative Feature, and an Honorable Mention award going to the documentary “Inside Her Sex” (Sheona McDonald). A special festival prize, a CineKink Community Visionary Award, went to “High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack” (Christina Court). The CineKink Choice awards were determined by audience ballot just following each eligible film’s screening during the festival.

In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to “It’s My Birthday and I’ll Fly If I Want To” (Morgana Muses) for Best Documentary Short, “The Gordon Game” (Jared Robbins) and “Kimi Kabuki” (Yoko Okumura) tied for Best Comedy Short, “Rubber Romance” (Sophie Dros) and “The Table” (Izabel Grondin) tied for Best Dramatic Short, and “Zolushka” (Wes Hurley) for Best Musical Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to “Tease” (Ms. Naughty), “No Artificial Sweeteners” (The Madame) and “The Art of Spanking” (Erika Lust).

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 Cheyenne Picardo, an alumnni CineKink filmmaker.

The sixth annual CineKink “Bring It!” award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to “(S)he Comes” (Petra Joy).

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the series “Transparent” (Jill Soloway/Amazon), for its “wry, yet tender look at the ripples created when one individual finally comes to terms with their true identity.” Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to several television series: “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “The “Mindy Project” (Fox) and “Outlander” (Starz!). Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2015.

Making its 12th annual run February 24-March 1, 2015, and enjoying record-breaking attendance for the festival, 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/2015 included Bowery Bliss, KinkyMedical.net and njoy, along with Conduit Enterprises, Dom Sub Friends, Leather Archives & Museum, Leather Pride Night NYC, Lyft, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Open Love NY, Pandora’s Box, Pleasure Salon, Poly Cocktails, Purple Passion and The Eulenspiegel Society.

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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CINEKINK NYC/2015 – DETAILED AWARD INFORMATION

“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 2015 award winners are:

CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
“Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story” (Directed by Michael Lee Nirenberg, 2014, USA, 89 minutes) With unique access to the story – Michael Lee Nirenberg’s father was one of “Hustler”‘s original art directors in the 1970’s and 1980’s – this is a definitive look at the personalities and features that made what is seen to be the most offensive magazine of all time.

CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
“Marriage 2.0” (Directed by Paul Deeb, 2014, USA, 126 minutes)
This love letter to San Francisco – a cultural epicenter of the alternative relationship movement – follows one couple on their search to balance personal freedom with emotional and sexual bliss.

“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 2015 award winners are:

CineKink Best Documentary Short:
“It’s My Birthday and I’ll Fly If I Want To” (Directed by Morgana Muses, 2014, Australia, 12 minutes.) One women undertakes a transformative journey when she grants herself permission to indulge and enjoy life, culminating in the gift she commissions for her 50th birthday.

CineKink Best Comedy Short:
“The Gordon Game” (Directed by Jared Robbins, 2014, USA, 14 minutes.) A role-play attempt goes absurdly awry.
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“Kimi Kabuki” (Directed by Yoko Okumura, 2014, USA, 19 minutes.)
A devoted housewife discovers her husband is attending an Adult Industry Expo behind her back. Resolving to confront him about his deceit, she follows him to the convention, hoping for a sincere conversation.

CineKink Best Dramatic Short:
“Rubber Romance” (Directed by Sophie Dros, 2014, The Netherlands, 15 minutes.) A trip through the dark fantasies of a submissive S/M-slave, and his unlikely romance with the woman he sees as his dominant mistress.
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“The Table” (Directed by Izabel Grondin, 2014, Canada, 14 minutes.)
A man goes to interview at a potential employer’s house, only to find that the job started as soon as he got in the house.

CineKink Best Musical Short:
“Zolushka” (Directed by Wes Hurley, 2014, USA, 7 minutes.) Cinderella meets Tom of Finland in this retelling of a classic folk tale, starring adult superstar Colby Keller and international burlesque sensation Waxie Moon!

CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:

“No Artificial Sweeteners” (Directed by The Madame, 2014, Canada, 5 minutes.) The best part of waking up…

“Tease” (Directed by Ms. Naughty, 2014, Australia, 10 minutes.) Lucie Bee and Ryan James are hot for each other. But just when Lucie thinks she has the upper hand, Ryan takes control – and puts on a show for her.

“The Art of Spanking” (Directed by Erika Lust, 2014, Spain, 13 minutes.) After a man indulges himself and buys a graphic novel, ‘The Art of Spanking’ by renowned erotic artist Milo Manara, he begins to obsess about this new realm of pleasure.

“BRING IT!” – Adult Industry Showcase Award
The CineKink “Bring It!” award is determined by audience ballot during a presentation of short works and excerpts showcasing adult cinema.

Winner: “(S)he Comes: Lust” (Directed by Petra Joy, United Kingdom, 26 minutes.) In this wild threesome, the (multiple) orgasms flow freely. She comes, he comes, they come!

“CINEKINK TRIBUTE” – 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.

“Transparent”
(Created by Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios)

Honorable Mentions:
“Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
“The Mindy Project” (Fox)
“Outlander” (Starz!)

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ABOUT CINEKINK NYC
Billing itself as “the kinky film festival,” CineKink NYC returned for its twelfth annual appearance February 25-March 1, 2015, 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