Two films creating the greatest buzz across this season’s LGBTQ film festival circuit open and close qFLIX Philadelphia 2016 with the themes of the extended family, love and relationships.

Producers Thom Cardwell and James Duggan return to produce the third edition of qFLIX Philadelphia, 2016, July 5-10, and continue a 22-year tradition of bringing the latest and best of LGBTQ indie films to the greater Philadelphia region as a major arts and cultural event in “Summer in the City.”

Presented by Premier Sponsor The Tavern Group (UBar, Tavern on Camac, Tavern Restaurant) and Presenting Sponsor Breaking Glass Pictures, the six-day film experience has been expanded with an increase of the number of films in the 2016 lineup premiering at both The Prince Theater and The Caplan Theater at the University of the Arts where it jumped from 29 in 2015 to over 50 features, documentaries and shorts in 2016, from homegrown titles shot in Philadelphia to international titles from Germany, India, France, Great Britain, Mexico, Australia and rare places for LGBTQ cinema like Trinidad-Tobago and China.

“This year’s programmers have consciously sought to find undiscovered talent, the newest, youngest and alternative of LGBTQ voices among the nation’s and the world’s filmmakers who have tackled a wide range of topics from the complexities of relationships to the more politicized side of the lives of all LGBTQ in their struggle for acceptance, tolerance, freedom, equality and civil rights,” explained Duggan.

PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW opens qFLIX with a World Premiere on Tuesday, July 5, 7:30pm at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. SHARED ROOMS closes qFLIX with the East Coast Premiere on Sunday, July 10, at 8pm at the Prince Theater.

Written and directed by J.C. Falcon, PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW tells the story of four friends in their 40s in Los Angeles. All them will have to confront a new reality once a life-changing situation alters their friendships. Cast member Mark Cirillo will be in attendance at the opening night screening

SHARED ROOMS , written and directed by Rob Williams, is a new romantic comedy feature film that brings together three interrelated tales of gay men seeking family, love and sex during the holiday season. Rob Williams will be in attendance at the closing night screening.

“Both the opening and closing films are coincidentally about relationships among friends, lovers, and extended families; the modern family,” said Cardwell, “and as our society changes it shouldn’t be surprising that film makers would explore why human beings act and react to life and living as LGBTQ people, from the serious to the funny.”

The centerpiece films are a varied but impressive group of titles with something for everyone’s taste and interest. They include: BEARS IN THE CITY 3, LAZY EYE, GUYS READING POEMS, WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED, DOWNRIVER and WATERMELON WOMAN.

“Diversity is a common thread that runs throughout many of the films this year with the breaking down of stereotypes in terms of gender and even lifestyle, from bears to transgender to skateboarders to gang members to criminals,” Cardwell noted.

For more information, and to purchase tickets and badges, visit qFLIXphilly.com. For updates, check out the qFLIX Philadelphia Facebook page and follow @qFLIXPhilly on Twitter.

More films and events will be announced soon.

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