In 2014, myself and Thom Cardwell founded qFLIX Philadelphia to fill the gap that was left by the collapse of the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (AKA, QFest). We had just two months to produce a 5-day, 35 film festival. Today qFLIX produces 4 festivals, and 85 days of programming, and screen over 300 new and independent film from around the world per year that best tell our global story.
All this success has been accomplished by an all-volunteer production team, who have embraced qFLIX’s mission as their own.
As a mission driven family of LGBTQ+ film festivals, qFLIX believes that our stories are the soul of our community and are best expressed in the arts. As such, these stories must be shared far and wide. Our stories gathered from around the world, educate, empower, entertain, and inspire a people to move further towards equality, and into a world that is not simply diverse and inclusive, but one that creates a sense of belonging for all LGBTQ+ people.
Truly, queer film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing LGBTQ+ and the mainstream communities.
With qFLIX Philadelphia 2021, just weeks away on Sept. 26 – Oct. 3, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre & Virtual, it is time we all turn our attending on this all-important community festival that has grown to be that largest LGBTA+ arts and cultural festival between NYC and Miami.
According to GayCity News, “qFLIX, is one of the LARGEST and most PRESTIGIOUS of its kind in the WORLD!”
And MovieMaker Magazine has proclaimed “qFLIX as one of the TOP 25 COOLEST Festivals in the WORLD!”
Opening night of qFLIX Philadelphia 2021 will be historic in nature, as we are presenting the inaugural Marsha P. Johnson Image Award to a national and international recognized transgender individual who has exhibited a profound and deep commitment to the issues that face our community through their leadership, words, and actions.
We are proud of our selection of the recipient of this award, and once we receive the proper clearances will be happy to announce his/her name.
Following the presentation of the Marsha P. Johnson Image Award you will be treated to an amazing opening night film, “Jump, Darling,” which was Cloris Leachman’s last film before her passing. ScreenDaily wrote that, “the late Cloris Leachman remains an inveterate scene stealer in ‘Jump, Darling,’ a small-scale drama that provides her with a touching swansong.”
“Jump, Darling” delves into the story of Russell Hill (Thomas Duplessie) and his relationship between him and his grandmother Margaret (Cloris Leachman) while recovering from a disastrous audition at a prominent drag bar. As Russell explores his identity and self-acceptance, he also begins to understand his grandmother and her need to live life on her own terms—including death.
qFLIX’s creative black-tie, the Black & Pink Gala, follows immediately after the film.
ALL ACCESS Passes/Badges are on sale now at discounted prices by clicking this LINK.
Don’t miss out on the largest LGBTQ+ film festival between NYC and Miami.