OUTtvGo People’s Choice Award for Best Feature: Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)

Director Samantha Lee.


Alex is a twenty-something creative professional in Manila juggling multiple jobs, while dealing with a recent breakup. She hasn’t yet come out to her best friend—the “straightest straight girl she knows” Jess—an up and coming actress who she’s had feelings for since childhood. Alex eventually lets Jess in on the truth, and the pair are driven to face their inner selves. Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas) is a tender and funny love story that quietly captures the time in your life you’re expected to adult but still don’t quite have it all figured out.

Samantha Lee is a filmmaker from the Philippines. Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas) is her first feature film and won the Audience Choice Award at the recently concluded Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila. Lee also won the Emerging Talent Award at Outfest 2017. She has done a variety of freelance commercial work both in the Philippines and in Australia, where she completed her Master of Communication at RMIT University. She currently works as the Multimedia Editor for CNN Philippines Life.


OUTtvGo People’s Choice Award for Best Short: Do I Have Boobs Now?

Directors Joella Cabalu and Milena Salazar


Do I Have Boobs Now? Follows Courtney Demone, a trans activist from Victoria, BC, as she catalyzes a global conversation on censorship policies on social media platforms by posting topless photos of her transition while undergoing hormone replacement therapy.  Do I Have Boobs Now?‘s win is the first time we’ve given the OUTtvGo People’s Choice Award for Best Short to a directing pair.

Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based filmmaker with an Art History degree from the University of British Columbia (2008) and a graduate of the Documentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013). In 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family, which won 2016’s OUTtv People’s Choice Award for Best Feature.

Milena Salazar’s work as a documentary director, editor or cinematographer has screened at festivals, online, broadcast, and on Air Canada inflight entertainment systems. In 2016, she was selected as 1 of 8 emerging filmmakers from across Canada to participate in the Hot Docs documentary channel Doc Accelerator Program.


The Gerry Brunet Award for Best BC Short: Violet and June

Director Linnea Ritland

Honorable Mention: Stay Gold, Man Up – Director Ray McEachern

Linnea Ritland is a full time student in the UBC Film Production Program and part time lover of bread. She once saw some comedy and was like, “wow, that brought me so much joy! I should try writing some.” And that’s when the joy turned to suffering. She hopes it will transcended back to joy when you see Violet and June! The Jurors of 2017’s Gerry Brunet Memorial Award certainly found joy in Violet and June, a charming short film about falling in love, the terror of being alive in a cold heartless universe, and butts.


Stay Gold, Man Up is about the history, performers, and legacy of Vancouver multi-gender drag spectacular, Man Up. Ray McEachern is a queer non-binary trans artist working and living on Coast Salish Territories. What has always been consistent in Ray’s art is their fascination with the diversity of human expression and experience.



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