Is not part of the official festival (yet) but if Berlinale has its Teddy Awards and Venice has its Queer Lion, why not Cannes? Absolute truth. Let's hope that the initiative becomes -in the near future- part of the official festival but remember that both German and Italian festivals took many years to accept the 'idea' of including such an award at their respective fests. Still is very good news for me as definitively has to stimulate filmmakers to further improve the genre.
Here is a brief summary of the recent news and if you read French please check the article here and watch the below video with an interview to Franck Finance-Madureira, the award organizer. The 'parents' of this award are film directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau.
"On Saturday, May 22 the Queer Palme will be awarded to a film -in competition in any of the selections and parallel sections- for its contribution to LGBT issues."
This is the Jury that will decide the winning film this year.
Benoît Arnulf - Director of Nice Gay and Lesbian festival
Florence Ben Sadoun - Premiere Magazine
Romain Charbon - Cinema reporter
Mike Goodridge - Director of Screen International
Xavier Leherpeur - Cinema reporter
Ivan Mitfiot - Lyon Gay and Lesbian festival
Pascale Ourbih - President of Chéries-chéris, Paris festival
Brian Robinson - Programmer of London Gay and Lesbian festival
To learn more about this incipient award check the official site here available only in French. As soon as they have any kind of info about the films that are considered I'll post the list, but from what I learned from all the films most (if not all) will be gay interest. Sigh.
The video has now English subtitles. Merci Yagg!