The Sebastiane Awards include the Sebastiane Prize of the San Sebastian International Festival and the Sebastiane Latino Prize whose award is presented at the same festival in San Sebastian.
The Sebastiane Awards organize an Ibero-American LGTBI Festivals Meeting within the San Sebastián Festival Industry Activities.
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 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.
- 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.
- 2014: Une nouvelle amie, by François Ozon.
- 2015: Freeheld, by Peter Sellett.
- 2016: Bar Bahar, by Maysaloun Hamoud.
- 2017: 120 battements par minute, by Robin Campillo
- 2018: Girl, by Lukas Dhont
- 2019: Monos, by Alejandro Landes
SEBASTIANE LATINO AWARD
This award recognizes the best Latin American LGTBI production of the year.
The candidates are not the films selected by the Festival of San Sebastián, as in the Sebastiane Prize, but they are all that Latin film of thematic LGTBI released in the year.
Origins of Sebastiane Latino
In 2013, there is a step with the creation of the Premio Sebastiane Latino. A specialized jury is in charge of viewing the films whose international premiere takes place between the end of the Festival of San Sebastián in September and the same month of the following year.
The prize seeks to support Ibero-American LGTBI productions in their commercial distribution and to reinforce their visibility.
With the same objectives, the Sebastiane Awards bring together Ibero-American programmers from LGTBI Festivals in San Sebastián during their Festival.