The Philadelphia region’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival, and in Worcester, MA, Central Massachusetts’s biggest LGBTQ+ arts and cultural event, qFLIX Philadelphia and qFLIX Worcester, will merge their virtual editions, for 2020,  into a one month LGBTQ+ film extravaganza called qFLIX 2020: America’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival – XL Virtual Edition.

In response to the challenge of the pandemic, qFLIX is proud to present this merged festival, maintaining the health and safety of our community, with an expanded selection of films to screen over a month, November 5-30.

The joining of the two cities will upgrade the lineup of features, documentaries and shorts in a way that will satisfy the taste of the viewers and allow for greater participation by filmmakers in this new online format.

Producer/programmer Thom Cardwell noted, “It’s an exciting year for everyone involved in qFLIX 2020 XL like never before!”

For qFLIX 2020 was to bring two new homes for our festivals.  qFLIX Philadelphia was to move in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, along the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, and qFLIX Worcester was to move into the new BrickBox Theater, in the heart of Worcester’s arts and cultural center.  But we will look forward to these major venues next year in 2021.

Rooted in the history of 26 years of LGBTQ+ film festival leadership, qFLIX is proud to continue our tradition of sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ people in a safe and affirming environment. LGBTQ+ film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing region’s LGBTQ+ and mainstream communities.

Executive Director James Duggan said that, “our move to the virtual world is a significant achievement for the continued growth of LGBTQ+ film festivals, and there will always be a virtual component to our festivals. 

“During the festival there will be VIP viewing parties, Zoom powered talkbacks with filmmakers, and award presentations that will bring us together as a film viewing community,” emphasized festival Producer/Director of Programming Bill Egan.

The festival will kick off on the red carpet in Worcester on Thursday, November 5, at a VIP viewing Party, and will be brought to a close on Monday, November 30, from Philadelphia with the all-important festival awards presentation. 

Viewing parties will be held in both cities, throughout the festival, according to the guidelines set forth by local health authorities.

Stay Alert for the release of qFLIX 2020: America’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival – XL Virtual Edition’s program of films, talkbacks, and VIP viewing parties.