Wednesday, March 06, 2013

CineKink Announces Award Winners at Tenth Annual Kinky Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY; March 6, 2013 - Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its tenth anniversary appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2013 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival's closing celebrations held on Sunday, March 3, 2013

"When we set off on our first year of CineKink, little did we think that one day we’d be celebrating a 'decade of decadence,'" noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. "It's because of amazing, quality films that we've reached this important milestone and it's a pleasure to honor just a few of those tonight."

Audience Choice Awards were given to "Remedy" (Cheyenne Picardo) for Best Narrative Feature, with "Betty Page Reveals All" (Mark Mori) winning for Best Documentary Feature. 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 "Pinecone" (Michael Markham) for Best Comedy Short, "Krutch" (Matthew Clark) for Best Dramatic Short, "Impact" (Mollena Williams) for Best Experimental Short, and to "Zucht und Ordnung" (Jan Soldat) and "Ritual" (Jörg Fockele), which tied for Best Documentary Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to "50 Seconds of 50 Shades" (Bo Blaze), "Amber" (Aven Frey, Gala Vanting and Frank Ly) and "Rift" (Keith Hodder).

Determining the shorts awards, CineKink jurors this year included Viviane Tang, ring-leader of the sex blog "Viviane's Sex Carnival," Mike White, editor and publisher of the independent film-focused "Cashiers du Cinemart," and Bill Woods, a film festival programmer and curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives.

The fourth annual CineKink "Bring It!" award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to "Joy Club" (Petra Joy).

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to "Sessions" (Ben Lewin/Fox Searchlight) for its "amiable and often humorous assertion that sexual pleasure is an essential human right." Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the film "Hysteria" (Tanya Wexler/Sony Pictures Classics) and to the television show "Our America with Lisa Ling" (OWN), with a special "'Pokemon Polyamory' Farewell Tip of the Hat" presented to the outgoing series "30 Rock" for "introducing such terms as 'normaling' and 'sex idiot' in the American vernacular." Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2012.

Making its tenth anniversary run February 26-March 3, 2013, 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/2013 included Crystal Delights,, njoy and TakeDown Piracy, along with ainsley-t, DistribPix, Feminist Porn Awards, FetishMovies, Leather Archives & Museum, Les Jeux du Marquis, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Pleasure Salon, Reload 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.

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 2013 award winners are:

  • CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
    "Remedy" (Cheyenne Picardo, 2013, USA, 120 minutes)
    A psychological drama based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, REMEDY follows a woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission.
  • CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
    "Bettie Page Reveals All" (Mark Mori, 2012, USA, 102 minutes)
    An intimate look at the rise, fall and rise again of one of the world’s most recognized and controversial sex symbols.

CineKink Best awards, which go to short works in competition during the festival, were determined by jury deliberation and ranking. The 2013 award winners are:

  • CineKink Best Comedy Short:
    "Pinecone" (Michael Markham, 2012, USA, 18 minutes)
    At the end of a first date, a young man and woman are desperate to surprise the other.
  • CineKink Best Dramatic Short:
    "Krutch" (Matthew Clark, 2012, USA, 5 minutes)
    The perspective of one young woman lies bare any preconceptions of sexability.
  • CineKink Best Documentary Short:
    "Zucht und Ordnung" (Jan Soldat, 2012, Germany, 9 minutes)
    Two naked, elderly men talk about their relationship, their predilections and the good old days.

    "Ritual" (Jörg Fockele, 2011, USA, 5 minutes)
    One man journeys to cope with his HIV infection through a hooking ritual.
  • CineKink Best Experimental Short:
    "Impact" (Mollena Williams, 2012, USA, 7 minutes)
    The viewer becomes voyeur as this short explores the emotional impact of witnessing a series of consensual and kinky interactions.
  • CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:
    "50 Seconds of 50 Shades" (Bo Blaze, 2012, USA, 2 minutes)
    An extremely abridged rendering of the literary classic.
  • "Amber" (Aven Frey, Gala Vanting and Frank Ly, 2012, Australia, 15 minutes)
    A film about the push-pull of erotic edgeplay and the curious brutality of love.
  • "Rift" (Keith Hodder, 2012, USA, 5 minutes)
    A family man has his devotion challenged by the unexpected arrival of his secret lover.

"BRING IT!" - Adult Industry Showcase Award
The CineKink "Bring It!" award is determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing adult cinema.

  • "Joy Club" (Petra Joy, 2012, United Kingdom, 16 minutes)
    A pool table sex scene? In a female take on the classic porn scenario, our heroines turn the tables on the cocky macho men and give as good as they get.

"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, 2012.

  • "Sessions"
    (Fox Searchlight; dir. Ben Lewin)
  • Honorable Mentions:
    "Our America with Lisa Ling" (Oprah Winfrey Network)
    "Hysteria" (Sony Pictures Classics; dir. Tanya Wexler)
  • Special "'Pokemon Polyamory' Farewell Tip of the Hat"
    "30 Rock" (Broadway Video; NBC)

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