Cannes Film Festival to get first gay award

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Cannes Film Festival will have its first unofficial gay award this year.

Inspired by the Teddy award at Berlin Film Festival and the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival, an independent group is establishing the Queer Palm.

Screen Daily reports that the award will recognise films for their handling of LGBT issues, with the first to be handed out on May 22nd.

The winner will be chosen from Cannes sections Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week, and Director’s Fortnight.

French directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have been named as patrons of the award, while a jury including cinema critics and gay film festival presidents has been announced.