Queer Palm

The Queer Palm is an independently sponsored prize for selected LGBT-relevant films entered into the Cannes Film Festival. The award was founded in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira. It is sponsored by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, filmmakers of Jeanne and the Perfect Guy, The Adventures of Felix, Crustacés et Coquillages, and L'Arbre et la forêt.

Queer Palm
Awarded forBest LGBT-related film at the Cannes Film Festival
Presented byCannes Film Festival
First awarded2010

The award recognizes a film for its treatment of LGBT themes and gleans from among those films nominated or entered under Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, International Critics' Week, Directors' Fortnight and the ACID section.

Along with Berlin's Teddy Award and Venice's Queer Lion, the Queer Palm is a major international film award dedicated specifically for LGBT cinema.

Winners and selections

Year Feature Film Winner Feature Film Selection Short Film Winner Jury
2010 Kaboom
by Gregg Araki
(USA, France)
not awarded
  • Benedict Arnulf, artistic director of Love In & Out, Film Festival Gay and Lesbian Nice
  • Florence Ben Sadoun, editorial director, First
  • Roman Coal, film journalist (Stubborn, Inrockuptibles)
  • Mike Goodridge, director of the publication Screen International
  • Xavier Leherpeur, film journalist, Studio Ciné Live, Canal +
  • Ivan Mitifiot, mixed coordinator of screens, dating gay and lesbian film Lyon
  • Pascale Ourbih, president of the "festival Chéries-Cherish "
  • Brian Robinson, programmer Festival lesbian and gay film London
2011 Beauty
by Oliver Hermanus
(South Africa, France)
not awarded
  • Elisabeth Quin, Paris Première, president of the jury
  • Thomas Abeltshauser, German journalist (Männer, Die Welt, WINQ)
  • Fred Arends, Pink Screens Festival in Brussels (Belgium)
  • Esther Cuénot, Cinémarges Festival Bordeaux
  • Gérard Lefort, Liberation
  • Roberto Schinardi, Il Manifesto Pride Gay.it (Italy)
2012 Laurence Anyways
by Xavier Dolan
It's Not a Cowboy Movie
by Benjamin Parent
  • Julie Gayet, actress and TV producer, France, president of the jury
  • Sam Ashby, editor and designer of posters, Britain, Little Joe magazine
  • Jim Dobson, officer and director, U.S. Indie PR
  • Sarah Neal, head of programming, Australia, Brisbane Queer Film Festival
  • Frédéric Niolle, assistant director and journalist, France, Canal + Cinéma Paris Première, Radio France
  • Moira Sullivan, university lecturer, critic, director, United States and Sweden, FilmFestivals.com
2013 Stranger by the Lake[3]
by Alain Guiraudie
not awarded
2014 Pride[5]
by Matthew Warchus
(United Kingdom)
not awarded
  • Bruce La Bruce, Canadian writer and film director (president)
  • Anna Margarita Albelo, Cuban-American film director
  • João Ferreira, Portuguese artistic director and programmer of Queer Lisboa festival
  • Charlotte Lipinska, French journalist and actress
  • Ricky Mastro, Brazilian programmer of Recifest film festival
2015 Carol[7]
by Todd Haynes

Special Mention:
The Lobster  by
Yorgos Lanthimos
(Ireland, U.K.,
Greece, France,

Lost Queens
by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
  • Desiree Akhavan, Iranian-American film director (President)
  • Ava Cahen, French journalist
  • Laëtitia Eïdo, French actress
  • Elli Mastorou, French journalist
  • Nadia Turincev, Franco-Russian film producer
2016 The Lives of Thérèse[9]
by Sébastien Lifshitz
Gabber Lover
by Anna Cazenave Cambet
2017 BPM (Beats per Minute)[10]
by Robin Campillo
by Yann Gonzalez
  • Travis Mathews, American film director (president)
  • Yair Hochner, founder and artistic director of TLVFest
  • Paz Lazaro, Programs "Panorama" section of Berlinale
  • Lidia Leber Terki, France
  • Didier Roth-Bettoni, journalist and historian of cinema
2018 Girl
by Lukas Dhont
The Orphan
by Carolina Markowicz
2019 Portrait of a Lady on Fire
by Céline Sciamma
The Distance Between Us and the Sky
by Vasilis Kekatos
  • Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, Jury President
  • Claire Duguet, French cinematographer and filmmaker
  • Kee-Yoon Kim, French comedian
  • Filipe Matzembacher, Brazilian filmmaker
  • Marcio Reolon, Brazilian filmmaker

See also


  1. "Queer Palm 2011". The Queer Film Festival List. 24 May 2012.
  2. "Queer Palm Cannes 2012 : la Croisette "gay friendly" avec 17 films en lice". Canal+. 24 May 2012.
  3. "'Hardcore' gay film wins at Cannes". Bangkok Post. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  4. "Queer Palm nominations 2013". The Queer Film Festival List. 24 May 2013.
  5. "'Pride' Wins Cannes' 5th Queer Palm Award". Indiewire. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. "Cannes' Queer Palm Award Turns 5 This Year: Here's The 13 LGBT Films Competing For It". Indiewire. 14 May 2014.
  7. Steve Pond (23 May 2015). "Cannes: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Drama 'Carol' Wins Queer Palm Award". The Wrap. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  8. "Cannes : Un jury 100% féminin pour la Queer Palm". Gala. 28 April 2015.
  9. Omaïs, Mehdi (21 May 2016). "Cannes 2016: the Queer Palm awarded to the documentary "The Lives of Thérèse" by Sébastien Lifshitz". MetroNews. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  10. "Cannes 2017 : 120 battements par minute décroche la Queer Palm" [Cannes 2017: 120 Beats per Minute wins the Queer Palm]. Ecran Noir (in French). 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
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