Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Angel Award

Angel Award

The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will proudly present Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald's staff writer covering LGBT issues in South Florida, with the 2014 Angel Award in recognition of his 30 years of service to the community. What is expected to be one of the highlights of the 10-day event, the Angel Award will be presented to Rothaus on the festival's opening night Friday, May 2 at the Colony Theater where the journalist will be acknowledged for his unwavering contributions to the local film and LGBT industries.

In 2014, Rothaus co-produced "The Day It Snowed In Miami: A Chronology of the LGBT-Rights Movement," a film documentary presented by Miami Herald Media Company and WPBT2. In 1985, Steve joined the Miami Herald after majoring in journalism from Florida International University. Rothaus came out at work in 1987 and served five years as a board member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). He founded the association's Newsroom Outreach Project and traveled the country visiting newspapers, television stations and college campuses to discuss gay news coverage and workplace issues.The Angel Award recognizes an individual who has made unwavering contributions to the film festival.


We are proud to recognize the following filmmakers for their contributions to independent LGBT cinema in 2014.

Ally Award

The Ally Award recognizes A filmmaker/actor for his contribution to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Vanguard Award

The Vanguard Award recognizes an innovative filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of conventional story telling.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award an artist with promising potential in filmmaking.

Hometown Hero Award

The Hometown Hero Award recognizes a Miami native filmmaker.

HBO Film Awards

HBO Film Awards, with cash prizing totaling $2,200, are offered to film submissions in the following categories:

  • Best Full Length Feature: Jury Selection - $500 + Trophy
  • Best Documentary: Jury Selection - $400 + Trophy
  • Best Short: Jury Selection - $200 + Trophy
  • Full Length Feature: Audience Favorite Selection - $500 + Trophy
  • Documentary: Audience Favorite Selection - $400 + Trophy
  • Short: Audience Favorite Selection - $200 + Trophy