Phillly LGBT Film Festival qFLIX Announces 2015 Dates

From Such Good People, the film that kicked of qFLIX last year.

From Such Good People, the film that kicked of qFLIX last year.

Philly’s brand new—and only—LGBT film festival, qFLIX, has announced the dates for its second season.

They’re kicking things off a little earlier this year, on July 7th, with an apt “Summer in the City” theme. Sticking to tradition, organizers Thom Cardwell and James Duggan say the itinerary of screenings will be complemented by panel discussions, after-screening Q&As, meet-and-greets with cast members, and some special parties and receptions. All films will be screened in Center City, but there’s still no word on what those films will be.

“It’s really too early to announce any films that will take the slots for opening and closing night films,” Cardwell said in a press release. “While Sundance isn’t quite over, there were 14 LGBTQ features, documentaries and shorts, and we’re hoping to snag some of them for our qFLIX Philadelphia 2015 lineup.”

He does offer a few hints about what’s in store for the ambitious six-day event. I’ll bullet-point those for you now, so they’re easy to read:

  • More guests
  • More awards in a number of categories (Gay Icon, Rising Star for Actors, First-Time Director, Artistic Achievement and an LGBTQ Inspirational/Leadership Award)
  • A special tribute to two nations of the world that support, embrace and promote LGBTQ films in their native tongue
  • A Directors Brunch, open to the public for the first time ever
  • Award-winning international competitive shorts programming
  • The expansion of the “New Media Hub,” premiering alternative forms of broadcasting and entertainment at the Caplan Theater at the University of the Arts;
  • Spectacular opening and closing night parties.

The festival will take place July 7th to 12th. We’ll keep you updated as new information develops, but you can also follow qFLIX’s whereabouts via their website, Facebook or Twitter pages. You can also support the festival by attending their monthly screening nights, taking place on the fourth Friday of every month in Tavern’s Ascend Lounge.