what is it?

What is the Sebastiane Award?

Sebastiane Award is a prize delivered in September, since 2000, to a film or documentary screened during San Sebastián International Film Festival that best reflects the values and reality of lesbians, gays, transgenders and bisexuals. The selection of the winner film is carried out between all sections that make up the Festival.



In 2000 was raised the idea of creating Sebastiane Award.This idea came up among Gehitu  members, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender association from the Basque Country. The goal intended, as it was already happening from 1987 on with the Teddy Award in the Berlinale, was that the prize would help gay-theme movies have more relevance in movies theatres as well as in mass media.

The Name

The name given to the Award, “Sebastiane”,honoured the film with the same name directed in 1976 by British Derek Jarman.

Saint Sebastian, patron saint of San Sebastián (Donostia), is a root symbol of the city itself, venue of the Festival, but likewise it is too a symbol the homosexual culture itself.


Sebastiane Award Winners

  • 2000: Krámpack (Nico and Dani), by Cesc Gay.

  • 2001: Le fate ignoranti (The Ignorant Fairies), by Feran Ozpetek.

  • 2002: Tani tatuwen piyabanna (Flying with one wing), by Asoka Handagama. Sri Lanka

  • 2003: Le soleil assassiné, by Abdelkrim Bahloul.

  • 2004: Beautiful boxer, by Ekachai Uekrongtham.

  • 2005: Malas temporadas, (Hard Times), by Manuel Martín Cuenca.

  • 2006: Estrellas de la Línea, by Chema Rodríguez.

  • 2007: Caramel,  by Nadine Labaki.

  • 2008: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, by Woody Allen.

  • 2009: Undertow (Contracorriente), by Javier Fuentes-León.

  • 2010: 80 egunean, directors José Mari Goenaga and Jon Garaño.

  • 2011: Albert Nobbs, by Rodrigo García.

  • 2012: Joven & Alocada, by Marialy Rivas.

  • 2013: Dallas Buyers Club, by Jean-Marc Vallée.


In 2013, Sebastiane Latino becomes the second LGBT award given by Gehitu association in San Sebastian Film Festival. This award tries to promote the LGBT values in the Latin Community. This is born thanks to the close relationship that San Sebastian Film Festival has with Latin America.

2013: Quebranto, by Roberto Fiesco (México).


More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastiane_Award



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