At qFLIX, we like to give out awards, and this year was no exception. With an entirely virtual program, qFLIX 2020 XL proved to be just that – extra large. The programming featured over 46 programs spanning from Feature Films (including several world premieres), Documentaries, Web Series and Short films. In all over 117 films (which include over 80 short films) from over 15 countries were streamed to home audience viewers. Of those 117 films, several of them received outstanding recognition from the qFLIX producers, jurors and audience.

During the two night qFLIX 2020 XL closing night awards presentation, held on Sunday, November 29 to present the jury awards and present the nominees of the Cardwell Grand Jury Award, and Sunday, December 6, to present the all important audience awards, and presentation of the Cardwell Grand Jury Award winner.

qFLIX Producers, James Duggan, Bill Egan, and Thom Cardwell presented the following awards that were selected prior to the festival:

Official Opening Night Film: Almost LoveUSA | 2019 (originally scheduled to be presented in person in Worcester, MA in November ’20)

  • Artistic Achievement Award in Acting: Scott Evans (as Adam)
  • First-Time Director Award: Mike Doyle

Official Closing Night Film: Breaking Fast | USA | 2020  (originally scheduled to be presented in person in Philadelphia, PA in March ’20)

  • Artistic Achievement Award in Acting: Haaz Sleiman (as Mo)
  • First-Time Director Award: Mike Mosallam

In addition to the above awards, the jurors recognized the following films for outstanding achievement in the following categories:

  • Short: Cis Gender Female Identifying: *tie, Particular Friendships | director Mark Padilla & Nelson Varas-Diaz | USA and, Ayaneh | director Nicholas Greinacher | Switzerland
  • Short: Cis Gender Male Identifying: Brothers | director Mike Mosallam | USA
  • Short: Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming Identifying: *tie, The Rogers | director Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson | USA and,  Waking Hour | director Nava Mau | USA
  • Web Series: *tie, Queens | director Pat Mills | Canada and, Sorry We Missed You | director Craig Bettendorf | USA
  • Documentary: March for Dignity | directed by John Eames | United Kingdom
  • Feature: The Strong Ones | directed by Omar Zuniga | Chile

The producers then announced the finalists for the Cardwell Grand Jury Award.

The Cardwell Grand Jury Award was established in 2019 in honor of one of qFLIX’s founders and producers, Thom Cardwell. Thom not only co-founded qFLIX in 2014, he also was a co-founder of Philadelphia’s original LGBTQ+ film festival 26-years ago.

The films selected for nomination are chosen by the producers based on responses provided by the jurors, feedback from our programmers, as well as audience input and reactions. The award is given to the film that embodies our mission of experiencing our voices, stories and visions from around the world, which inspires the imagination and reshapes our hearts and minds, and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-evolving LGBTQ+ and the mainstream communities. The following inspirational films have been selected as nominees for the qFLIX 2020 Cardwell Grand Jury Award:

  • Born To Be | directed by Tania Cypriano | USA
  • Breaking Fast | directed by Mike Mosallam | USA
  • Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story | directed by Posy Dixon | United Kingdom
  • Rain Beau’s End | directed by Tracy Wren | USA
  • Tu Me Manques | directed by Rodrigo Bellott | Bolivia

The qFLIX Audience Awards were voted on my our national audience who had until midnight on December 6th to cast their votes, recognized the following films for Outstanding Achievement in the following categories:

  • Short: Cis Gender Female Identifying: Purgatory | director Nadyja von Ebers | USA
  • Short: Cis Gender Male Identifying: Boys Don’t Wear Dresses | director Jason Weissbrod | USA
  • Short: Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming Identifying: Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti Tragedy | director Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim  | Canada
  • Web Series: Queens | director Pat Mills | Canada
  • DocumentaryKeyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story | directed by Posy Dixon | United Kingdom
  • Feature: Rain Beau’s End | directed by Tracy Wren | USA

The presentation concluded with the announcement of the inspirational film that was selected as the winner of the qFLIX 2020 XL Cardwell Grand Jury Award:

  • Tu Me Manques | directed by Rodrigo Bellott | Bolivia

Thank you and congratulations to all our award winners and finalists, and to all the amazing films presented in qFLIX 2020 XL! We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy and that we can see you in theaters and in person in 2021!