The 2019 Reelout Kim Renders Memorial Outstanding Performance Awards Announced!

In honour of our dear departed friend and collaborator Kim Renders (January 14, 1955 – July 17, 2018) the Reelout Queer Film Festival is proud to announce our 1st ever Kim Renders Outstanding Performance Award winners!

Reelout sponsored Kim’s Chipped Off Collective for its first few years in operation.  Kim inspired people to recognize they deserved their time in the spotlight especially marginalized people whose voices are often erased or overshadowed.  Kim was one of the founding members of Nightwood Theatre the oldest professional feminist theatre company in Canada and was a faculty member of the Queen’s University Dan School of Drama and Music.  One of Kim’s final performances was as Stella in Reelout’s theatrical production of Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst in November 2017. She is loved and missed everyday by her family, friends, students and colleagues.

All films submitted on or before the deadline were eligible for competition.  Reelout audiences ultimately nominated outstanding performances and the person or persons with the most nominations were deemed the winner.  In the case of a tie, the Reelout programming committee would have made final decisions.  We did not make distinctions in performance that enforce gender binaries instead, performances were grouped into four different categories; Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Outstanding Lead Performance, Outstanding Supporting Performance, and Outstanding Performance in a Short Film.

Best Performance in a Short Film

Alex Ozerov as Pytor (PYOTR495)

Joep Paddenburg as Gijs (From Mars and Venus/Van Mars en Venus)

Gu Xiang as Li Wanying (Sunken Plum






Outstanding Supporting Performance Nominees

Jenny Arean as Ans (Just Friends)

Rosanna Arquette as Joan (Octavio is Dead!)

Muthoni Gathecha as Mama Atim (Rafiki)

Gregor Selkirk as Charlie (Tell it to the Bees)

Raoul Max Trujillo as Octavio (Octavio is Dead!)






Outstanding Ensemble Performances Nominees

Just Friends (Gewoon Vrienden)

Rafiki (Friend)

Tell it to the Bees


Outstanding Lead Performance Nominees

Sofia Banzhaf (Splinters)

Sarah Gadon as Tyler (Octavio is Dead!)

Holliday Grainger as Lydia (Tell it to the Bees)

Alejandra Lara as Candela (Eva+ Candela)

Majd Mardo as Yad (Just Friends)

Neville Misati as Ziki (Rafiki)

Samantha Mugatsia as Kena (Rafiki)

Derren Nesbitt as Jackie (Tucked)

Anna Paquin as Dr. Jean Markham (Tell it to the Bees)

Jordan Stephens as Faith (Tucked)