‘Michelle is a Man’s Name’ wins Outfest Grand Prize

(‘In France Michelle is a Man’s Name’ wins Outfest Narrative Short Grand Jury)

Director Em Weinstein’s latest short film In France, Michelle is a Man’s Name has earned among the top honors following its premiere at Outfest 2020: the Outfest Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short.

The 13-minute coming-of-age drama premiered during the virtual affair, and will be re-screened during the festival’s “Encore Week,” from August 31 – September 7.

In the film, Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. The short film explores trans identity, masculinity, and the price we’re willing to pay for acceptance.

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Weinstein has premiered films with a plethora of festivals worldwide, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase, where their project Candace (2017) won Best Film.

They have additionally developed and directed theatrical work with companies such as New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Most recently, they were selected to take part in the lauded AFI Directing Workshop for Women’s Class of 2021.

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  • Ari Damasco
  • Jerry Carlton
  • Olga Sanchez
  • Miss Prys


  • Em Weinstein: Writer / Director
  • Wendy vanden Heuvel: Executive Producer
  • Distracted Globe Foundation: Executive Producer
  • Alix Masters: Producer
  • Rachel Shuey: Producer
  • Claire Tuft: Producer
  • Vincent Lin: Producer
  • Matthew Damato: Producer
  • Alexa Wolf: DP
  • Jade Harris: Production Designer / Wardrobe Designer 
  • Lizzy Graham: Editor
  • Jacob Masters: Composer 
  • Jenny Montgomery: Colorist

SOURCE: Outfest