Winners of the World’s First Feminist Porn Awards Announced
Toronto, Ontario June 5, 2006 – The world's first Feminist Porn Awards were handed out June 1 2006 in Toronto, Canada. The event was sponsored by local sex shop Good For Her to celebrate female erotic directors revolutionizing porn.
300 guests from the United States and Canada attended the awards ceremony at a chic century-old hotel on Toronto's west side, including the leading lady of female erotica, Candida Royalle as well as Tristan Taormino, Dana Dane, Abiola Abrams, Angela Phong and Jen Bowers.
"Good porn is a human right! Good For Her decided to establish these awards to recognize erotic filmmakers who are creating hot, sexy woman-positive porn that makes women and couples feel good about themselves and about sex." said organizer Chanelle Gallant
The event included a spirited roundtable moderated by CoCo LaCreme, clips of the filmmaker’s recent work and provocative discussion. Eleven "Emma awards" were handed out to both male and female filmmakers by guest presenters Rebecca Rosenblat, Josey Vogels and Russell Smith. Deb ‘Dirk’ Pearce MC’d the evening.
WINNERS of the 2006 Emmas for Feminist Porn:
Hottest Anal Adventure
Winner: House of Ass | Tristan Taormino; Adam & Eve
Best Smutty Schoolteacher (Educational)
Winner: Orgasmic Women | Betty Dodson
Sexiest, Most Diverse Performers
Winner: Caribbean Heat | Manuela Sabrosa; Femme Productions
Hottest Straight Sex Scene
Winner: Xana And Dax: When Opposites Attract | Tony Comstock ; Comstock Films
Hottest Dyke Sex scene
Winner: The Crash Pad | Shine Louise Houston ; Pink and White Productions
Hottest Fetish/Kink Scene
Winner: Tanya Hyde’s World Without Men | Tanya Hyde
Hottest Trans Sex Scene
Sugar & Steele: All that’s Good For Her | Good For Her productions
Fiercest Female Orgasm
Nina Hartley’s Guide to Double Penetration (Bonus scene) Aria | Adam And Eve
Indie Porn Pioneer
Best New Canadian Pornographer (Vixen Next Door)
Lifetime Achievement in Women’s Erotica
Candida Royalle was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her pioneering work in women's erotica by Good For Her founder Carlyle Jansen. This award recognizes how Ms. Royalle's work broke new ground for women as both erotic filmmakers and consumers of erotic products and continues to pave the way for a new generation of women.
The award ceremonies were covered by national and international press including MTV Canada, The National Post, CBC Newsworld Sunday, Agence France Press, Salon.com, Bill Maher.com, The Toronto Star and more.
Winning films were selected based on the presence of at least 2 out of 3 criteria: First, that they demonstrate genuine female pleasure and women getting their fair share of pleasure. Second, that women had a substantial hand in creating the film--either as producers, directors or cinematographers. Third, that the film expands the range of sexual expression for women. Plus, it has to be hot! The awards are named in honour of the pioneering sex positive feminist Emma Goldman.
Good For Her (www.goodforher.com) is Canada’s premiere women-oriented sex toy shop, mail order, and workshop centre. Good For Her provides quality sex toys, erotic and educational books and DVDs that empower and celebrate the diversity of women’s, men's and couples' sexuality.
"I hope Good For Her continues to sponsor this event for many years to come. The night felt like the Independent Spirit Awards of the adult film world, where people creating independent, thoughtful, or unconventional porn were acknowledged and celebrated." Tristan Taormino