‘Dear Jiz’ Wins Best Short At Cinekink NY Film Festival

As I write the Oscar ceremony is still going on but I’m currently too busy being thrilled to pieces due to another awards ceremony. Cinekink New York is an erotic film festival that has been going for eleven years and tonight the audience choice and judges awards were announced. Lisa, the convenor of Cinekink, has been live tweeting the awards as they happen.

So imagine my thrill when I read that Dear Jiz has been jointly awarded Best Short at this year’s festival (the other winner is Trains by Paul Deeb.


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I was really quite stunned to read it… and then I was jumping up and down happily. This is the first award that I’ve received from competition in a major film festival so I feel really validated by it.

If this were the Oscars I’d have tripped over my sparkly gown walked up the steps to the podium and I’d probably be an emotional mix of tears and laughter. If I had an acceptance speech, the biggest thanks would go to Jiz Lee, first and foremost, for their amazing performance, their willingness to take a risk and their general open-hearted goodness. Not to mention sexiness. To quote from the film, they’re kind of my superhero.

I would also thank Jiz Lee’s fans, whose letters and emails make up the script of the film. And of course my lovely spouse Luke for his work behind the camera. His first response was: “It was the iPhone in the ziploc bag that did it.”

Thank you to Lisa and Cinekink for screening my films over the past few years. It’s so great to have a space for sex-positive filmmakers to screen their work.

I was attempting to have an alcohol-free week but I think I’ll be needing to celebrate a little bit tonight.

You can find Dear Jiz at Bright Desire. There’s also a shorter version of it available as video on demand at Pink Label TV.


My favourite behind-the-scenes pic from “Dear Jiz”, taken right before we dipped the iPhone in the bathwater