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Twenty-Five Years of LGBTQ+ Film

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Sunday, March 17
 

2:00pm

KISS ME I’M IRISH & GAY: The Official Gayborhood St. Patrick's Party
The Official Gayborhood St. Patrick's Day Party
@ UBar, 1220 Locust St, Philadelphia,
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

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Drink & beer specials, food, music and more!

$20.00 online or $25.00 at the door.

1 free drink with every ticket!

Free t-shirts while they last.

Door Prize

Raffles

... and so much more

Last year was sold out so buy your tickets online today.

100% of proceeds benefits qFLIX Philadelphia, the region’s only LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

Oh, and the answer is NO, you do not need to be LGBTQ+ to attend this event!

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Sunday March 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
UBar 1220 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Monday, March 25
 

7:00pm

Opening Night Film - FROM ZERO TO I LOVE YOU (North American Premiere) | Shown with GOING FORWARD (World Premiere)
Monday, March 25,  7:00 PM @  Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
OPENING NIGHT FILM

"FROM ZERO TO I LOVE YOU"
Director DOUG SPEARMAN , USA, 2019, Romance, 106 Minutes, English
NORTH AMERICAN  PREMIERE 

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qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 is proud to present our Opening Night Film + Black & Pink Gala to be held at two fabulous venues on one spectacular night in recognition of twenty-five years of LGBTQ+ film festivals in the Philadelphia region.

We begin our evening on the red carpet at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, March 25, at 6:30 PM, for the North American premiere of “From Zero to I Love You,” an LGBTQ+ film shot entirely in Philadelphia that will be subsequently featured at the BFI Flare in London the following evening.

qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 opens with the amazing film from writer/director Doug Spearman ("Hot Guys with Guns") and staring Darryl Stephens (”Noah’s Arc,” “Boy Culture”) and Scott Bailey (“The Bay”).

Stephens plays Pete Logsdon-just a guy in Philadelphia who happens to have a history of getting involved with married men. His father, played by veteran Richard Lawson and his soon-to-be step mom Leslie Zemeckis, are on him to find someone who's actually available and to settle down. Instead, he finds a man named Jack, played by Bailey, who is fifteen years into a perfect marriage with two beautiful children and an enviable wife, Keili Lefkovitz.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SbV8U_Dji0

Mr. Stephens will be in attendance to receive the qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 Artistic Achievement in Acting Award.

Mr. Spearman, writer/director, will be in attendance for the opening of the festival.
 
At a recent meeting in Philadelphia, Mr. Spearman made this statement after expressing how amazing the Greater Philadelphia Film Office was to work with during his filming: "I wanted to make a movie about the Philly that I saw since I was a kid. Being from Washington, D.C., I've been coming to Philadelphia my whole life. But it wasn't till I was here showing my first film that I really saw Philly. Saw all the beautiful side streets and the alley ways and the still thriving colonial heart of this city. I also wanted to make a film about an African American who didn't need a white savior. There are no saviors in the film. People stand and fall by their own decisions and actions in the film. Learning who you are when things fall apart is very important to me. Especially when things fall apart because of love."

And Doug did exactly that and we are so proud that this film is the opening night selection of qFLIX Philadelphia 2019: Twenty-Five Years of LGBTQ+ Film!

Prior the opening night feature film we will be screening a short film titled “Going Forward.”

This moving film shows viewers what Election Day is like for a lower-level candidate, campaigning in a district that’s desperate for a solution. Malcolm Kenyatta, a third-generation activist from North Philadelphia, was followed from 5am to 11pm, capturing the last hours of his campaign to become a Pennsylvania State Representative in the 181st District, and to become the first openly LGBTQ+ candidate of color elected to PA’s state office.

State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta will be in attendance to receive the qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 Harvey Milk Community Service Award.

Opening night continues with the Black & Pink Gala with a trip up to the Observation Deck on the 57th floor of Liberty Place. We will celebrate 25 years of LGBTQ+ film festivals among the stars with a 360-degree view of the city.

You will enjoy a night which includes hors d'oeuvres, fancy desserts and an open bar, along with music to enjoy, and a who’s who guest list you won’t want to miss!


Monday March 25, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Kimmel Center - Perelman Theater 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

10:00pm

BLACK & PINK GALA
Monday, March 25 @ 10:00 PM LIBERTY ONE OBSERVATION DECK
Black & Pink Gala

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The Opening Night continues with the Black & Pink Gala as we travel up to the Observation Deck on the 57th floor of Liberty Place. We will celebrate 25 years of LGBTQ+ film festivals among the stars with a 360-degree view of the city.

You will enjoy a night which includes hors d'oeuvres, fancy desserts and an open bar, along with music to enjoy, and a who’s who guest list you won’t want to miss!

For those wondering, the attire for the Gala is creative Black & Pink formal.


Monday March 25, 2019 10:00pm - Tuesday March 26, 2019 12:30am
One Liberty Observation Deck 1650 Market St #5700, Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
Tuesday, March 26
 

5:00pm

FOSTER BOY - Sneak Preview!
Tuesday March 26, 5:00 PM @ Plays & Players
Directed by  YOUSSEF DELARA, USA

FOSTER BOY - Sneak Preview!

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qFLIX Philadelphia has be given a sneak preview of this never seen before movie starring Matthew Modine, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Amy Brennenman. You will have the chance to provide direct feedback to the producers of this film!

Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career of protecting corporate clients has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal's case until a judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal as a thuggish African- American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to a fierce warrior in the battle for justice.


Tuesday March 26, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:15pm

HOW TO GROW A TIGER LILY
Tuesday March 26, 5:15 PM @ Connelly Auditorium

HOW TO GROW A TIGER LILY
Directed by ANTHONY AGUIAR, USA, 2019, Dramedy, 74 Minutes, English.

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A photographer riddled with crippling anxiety tries to overcome the emotionally manipulative people in her life while being stalked by a mysterious woman. Anthony Aguiar is a filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay area. His films have been awarded at various film festivals across the country, including 2014's Cypress Awards. HOW TO GROW A TIGER LILY marks his feature film debut.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVV2Gx4Z2cc


Tuesday March 26, 2019 5:15pm - 7:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

7:15pm

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Tuesday,  March 26,  7:15 PM  @  Plays & Players 

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Director by MICHAEL AKERS , USA, 2003, Drama, 94 Minutes

Questions about the identity of an amnesiac (Matthew Montgomery) threaten his romance with the park ranger (Aaron Orr) who rescued him.




Tuesday March 26, 2019 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

7:30pm

MONUMENT OF PRIDE
Tuesday,  March 26,  7:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

MONUMENT OF PRIDE
Directed by SEBASTIAN KESS, NETHERLANDS, 2018, Documentary, 83 Minutes, Dutch with English Subtitles.

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For decades Holland is known as one of the LGBTQ+ friendliest countries in the world. But how did gay emancipation develop in the Netherlands? How did this country get from executing sodomites in the 18th century to being the first in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001? And are the Dutch really as tolerant as is claimed? The documentary MONUMENT OF PRIDE tells the story of the 'pink revolution' in the Netherlands. The documentary parallels between past and present are key. Historical images alternate with current events held on the Amsterdam Homomonument and portraits of today's activists. The film is a tribute to the 30 year old Homomonument in Amsterdam and to everyone who has fought for freedom we now often take for granted.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foB7_D7-9r8


Tuesday March 26, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

DEVIL’S PATH
Tuesday, March 26th, 9:30 PM @ Plays & Players

DEVIL’S PATH

Directed by MATTHEW MONTGOMERY, 2018, USA, Drama, Thriller, English, 87 Minutes.

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Two men encounter each other on a dangerous gay cruising park trail and quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse.DEVIL'S PATH, the directorial debut of Matthew Montgomery (“Gone, But Not Forgotten”, “Star Trek: Odyssey”) plays into our preconceptions of the horror genre and delivers a plot-twisting and entertaining psychological LGBTQ+ thriller.

Director Matthew Montgomery will be in attendance.

WATCHTHE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-0ykTzlqdo


Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

9:30pm

TWO IN THE BUSH: A Love Story
Tuesday,  March 26,  9:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

TWO IN THE BUSH: A Love Story
Directed by LAURA MADALINSKI, USA, 2019, Comedy, Drama, Romance, 97 Minutes, English.

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TWO IN THE BUSH: A Love Story is an unconventional romantic comedy about dungeons, a fish named Archimedes, and the many forms that love takes. After losing her job, Emily arrives home early from work to find her girlfriend in the throes of passion with someone else. In an instant, her entire life is turned upside down. Moving in with her best friend, Emily lands a new gig working for a dominatrix, and promptly falls for her new boss, and her boss’s boyfriend. In this wise and witty look at the world of bisexuality, polyamory and dungeons, filmmaker Laura Madalinski asks us to consider what risks are worth taking for love.

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Tuesday March 26, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor
 
Wednesday, March 27
 

5:00pm

1985
Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 PM @ Plays & Players

1985

Directed by YEN TAN, 2018, USA, Drama, English, 85 Minutes.

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Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, “The Gifted”), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, “1985” takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:00pm - 7:15pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:15pm

BEEN AROUND THE WORLD - A collection of short films and a doc
Wednesday,  March 27,  5:15 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

BEEN AROUND THE WORLD 
- A collection of short films and a doc, 115 Minutes

Presented here is a short film collection of comedy, drama and romance from the US, Spain, and the UK, along with a gender-bending doc from Mexico, to stir your mind, sooth your soul and warm your heart.

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HANK 
Directed by Hongyu Li, 2018, USA, Dramedy, 16 Minutes
Recent L.A transplants, Hank, and his husband, Tommy, struggle to save their 15 years of marriage by entertaining the idea of an open relationship. While this might be working well for Tommy, Hank struggles.

GUILLERMO ON THE ROOF
Directed by Miguel Lafuente, 2018, Spain, Romance, 16 Minutes
While Guillermo tries to fix his romantic life by making a film of it, he will discover another reality through Samir, a Syrian refugee who helps him discover what really is important.

THE CHUNTA
Directed by Genevieve Roudane, 2018, Mexico, Documentary, 60 Minutes
In a small town in Mexico, once a year, men transform into women and become the Chuntá. Two gender-bending gangs of dancers face off in a struggle between queer identity and powerful traditions.

CLOTHES & BLOW
Directed by Sam Peter Jackson, 2018, UK, Comedy, 23 Minutes
For American voice over artist Daniel, life in London is one long autopilot ride of demanding client calls and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother Stephanie decides to visit from the US with less than 24 hours notice, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is really living his life.


Wednesday March 27, 2019 5:15pm - 7:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

7:15pm

JUST FRIENDS
Wednesday,  March 27,  7:15 PM @ Plays & Players

JUST FRIENDS

Directed by ELLEN SMIT, Netherlands, 2018, Dramedy, Romance, 80 Minutes, Dutch with English subtitles.

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This is a six time award winning romantic comedy about two young men from mixed backgrounds falling in love . . . and their clashes with their overbearing mothers.

JUST FRIENDS (Gewoon Vrienden) is a romantic dramedy. The tough Joris doesn't come loose from his mother who is addicted to plastic surgery. Medical student Yad has snorted too many drugs and returns to his strict mother. Yad works as a domestic for Joris's grandmother. The two men meet and they fall in love immediately, but before they can surrender to their love, they first have to balance things with their mothers.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

7:30pm

EVENING SHADOWS
Wednesday,  March 27,  7:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

EVENING SHADOWS
Directed by SRIDHAR RANGAYAN, India, 2018, Drama, 102  Minutes, Hindi with English Subtitles.

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Under the "Evening Shadows," truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, "Evening Shadows" is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. While gay rights and marriage equality has been embraced by most countries, a small town in Southern India lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality. In such a milieu when a young gay man Kartik comes out to his mother Vasudha, her entire world comes crashing down. She has no one to turn to, to dispel her fears and doubts, to understand her loving son's truth. Moreover as a woman, trapped within a patriarchal conservative society, her biggest challenge is to deal with her dogmatic husband Damodar, and the conservative society around her. "Evening Shadows" is a universal story about a mother-son bonding and its emotional strength to withstand the ravages of time and harsh realities.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

THE WEDDING | Shown with RULES OF THE GAME
Wednesday,  March 27,  9:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

THE WEDDING
Directed by SAM ABBAS, Egypt/UK/USA, 2018, Drama, 75 Minutes, English, Arabic with English Subtitles.

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Rami, a young Muslim man, is preparing for his wedding with Sara while fulfilling a queer sexuality in secret due to a strict religious and cultural upbringing.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7297030/videoplayer/vi3542006553?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

Showing along with RULES OF THE GAME
Directed by FAHMI FARAHAT, Saudi Arabia, 2019, Drama, 20 Minutes, Arabic with English Subtitles.

"Rules of the Game" is a story about love and the unfortunate circumstances that forbid two lovers from being together. It's about communication and the excess baggage taken with us into a new relationship. An arranged marriage puts Sami and Laila in the same bedroom, as husband and wife, exposing their deepest secrets.


Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

MARIO
Wednesday March 27, 9:30pm  @ Plays & Players

MARIO

Directed by MARCEL GISLER, Switzerland , 2018, Drama, Romance, Sport, 124 Minutes, Swiss and German with English Subtitles

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Two young football players get caught up between the politics of the game and the politics of love.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Key Words Sports, Soccer, Futbol, Young, Swiss, German
 
Thursday, March 28
 

5:00pm

THE QUEENS
Thursday, March 28, 5:00 PM  @ Plays & Players

THE QUEENS

Directed by MARK SAXENMEYER, USA , 2018, Documentary , 95 Minutes, English

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PARIS IS BURNING part current FX hit drama "Pose," and part reality show phenom "RuPaul’s Drag Race," and part traditional beauty pageant like Miss America, THE QUEENS explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation. Along the way, this feature-length documentary delves into the rich history of Chicago’s iconic female illusion show lounge, The Baton (entering its 50th year in 2019 at the same location), and the club's legendary offspring, the Miss Continental beauty pageant (an annual competition has drawn transgender contestants from around the globe since 1980). The entertainers immersed in this fascinating close-knit community share the highs and lows of their lives as they compete for the coveted crown.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/249870186


Thursday March 28, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:15pm

BRUMA (MIST)
Thursday,  March 28,  5:15 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

BRUMA (MIST)
Directed by MAX ZUNINO, Germany, Mexico, 2017, Drama, Romance, 84 Minutes, English, German & Spanish with English Subtitles.

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From writer/director Max Zunino comes BRUMA (Mist), which follows Martina, a young woman who feels trapped in a boxed life in Mexico City. Finding out about her pregnancy and not knowing what to do about it, she decides to go to Berlin to search for the father, and starts a trip where she will find her own identity.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/221521753


Thursday March 28, 2019 5:15pm - 7:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

7:15pm

MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT
Thursday March 28, 7:15 PM @ Plays & Players

MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT

Directed by ROBERT ANDERSON CLIFT and HILLARY DEMMON, USA, 2018, Documentary, 88 Minutes, English

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Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift's legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/289897587


Thursday March 28, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

7:30pm

PHILLY PHAMILY PHILMS
Thursday,  March 28,  7:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

PHILLY PHAMILY PHILMS, 
86 Minutes

Come celebrate new LGBTQ+ short films by local Philly Philmmakers, and our adopted qFLIX Philly Philmmakers, as we give you a clever sampling of just about  every genre of film.

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BATHROOM TROLL
Directed by Aaron Immediato, 2018, 17 Minutes, USA
After Cassie gets tormented for not "looking like a girl" in the school bathroom, a demonic vengeance troll awakens to avenge her - only making the nightmare worse.

QUEERBOY BEGINS 
Directed by Dave Sarrafian, 2018, 22 Minutes, USA
Joss Grey must find out who's killing people while finishing his midterm.

MY AUNT MAME 
Directed by Krissy Mahan, 2017, 9 Minutes, USA
A working class, gender non-conforming woman in the 1960's leaves a legacy for her butch dyke grand niece. This is a humanizing narrative by one queer older woman, which highlights intersecting identities that complicate discourses of sex, gender, and class.

TOO FAR IN
Directed by Casey Dennison, 2018, 17 Minutes, USA
As a dolphin that swam too far in from the ocean clings to survival in shallow water under an overpass in town, a man clings to the survival of his tense long-term relationship when unexpected temptation appears.

HOW I CAME OUT
Directed by Mark Jones, 2018, 6 Minutes, USA
A man has a unique and funny coming out story, he just doesn't know it yet.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD 
Directed by Albert M. Chan and Anthony Grasso, 2017, 7 minutes, USA
This award-winning short takes a few daring steps forward in a “confessional” style, revealing one man’s message from a troubled vision to an awakening from isolation back to humanity.

THE GAYBORHOOD NHD 
Directed by students from Penn Alexander School, 2018, 7 Minutes, USA
A group of 7th graders from Philadelphia present their award-winning documentary, which depicts Philadelphia’s contributions to LGBTQ+ rights, such as the Dewey’s Lunch Counter sit-in.


Thursday March 28, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

POISED WORLD PREMIRE
Thursday March 28, 9:30pm @ Plays & Players 

POISED
Directed by ROBERT CAIRNS, United Kingdom, 2018, Drama, 83 Minutes, English
WORLD PREMIERE 
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In a complex tale of interweaving relationships, a gay occupational therapist in London explores the meaning of what it is to love and heal.

In a complex tale of interweaving relationships, a Greek immigrant in London explores the meaning of what it is to love and heal. "Poised" follows the story of Aris, a gay occupational therapist who carries the weight of a previous relationship gone wrong. Yet, a chance encounter with Richard seems to allow him the chance to love again. As Aris' relationship with Richard deepens, so too does his friendship with Anna, a patient in his care who suffers from a rare neurological syndrome that leaves her paralyzed. Anna recovers the use of her limbs, but finds that she has come to rely on Aris for much more than just his support. In fact, her discovery that her husband has been unfaithful during her illness triggers the realization that her feelings for Aris are romantic. The ties that bind emotion and propriety begin to unravel, and the tangled net that is woven will hold a secret that will catch them all.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRUkGmX5FQg&t=6s

Writer/Actor Yiannis Alexiou will be in attendance.


Thursday March 28, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

9:30pm

WE ARE THR3E
Thursday,  March 28,  9:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

WE ARE THR3E
Directed by MARCELO BRIEM STAMM, Argentina, 2018, Drama, Romance, 89 Minutes, English, Spanish with English Subtitles.

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We Are THR3E is an award-winning romantic drama about unconventional love from Argentinian writer/director Marcelo Briem Stamm (“Solo”, "Sexual Tension") . Nacho is an accountant, an average guy. At a party he meets Ana, a recently divorced and self confident young woman. Then they meet the charismatic bartender Sebastian, who starts flirting with both of them. Despite their doubts, Nacho and Ana accept Sebastian's invitation to spend the night at his place, where nothing happens. A few days later, they decide to go on a weekend trip to a secluded farm, and it seems like it will be a fun one-night-stand, until Sebastian confesses that he desires a long-term relationship with a man and a woman together.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ukgbu2QJCQ8


Thursday March 28, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor
 
Friday, March 29
 

5:00pm

RICK & STEVE the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World - 10th Anniversary
Friday March 29, 5:00 PM @ Plays & Players

RICK & STEVE the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World - 10th Anniversary

Created by ALLAN BROCKA, USA, 2007-2009, Animation, Comedy, XX Minutes, English

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Welcome to the gayest of gay ghettos, West Lahunga Beach, where Rick and Steve make their fabulously decorated double-income-no-kids home. That is until Rick's lifelong lesbian friend Kirsten asks him to be the father of her child. There's just one catch, Kirsten's wife Dana and Rick's husband Steve are mortal enemies. The insults fly, nothing goes unspoken, and the ugly, bitter truth about domestic bliss never looked so cute. Starring the voices of Alan Cumming, Peter Paige, Wilson Cruz, and Margaret Cho, with music from the creators of Avenue Q.

ALLAN BROCKA will be in attendance to receive the qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 Artistic Achievement in Directing. Award.



Friday March 29, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:15pm

KILL THE MONSTERS
Friday,  March 29,  5:15 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

KILL THE MONSTERS
Directed by RYAN LONGERAN, USA, 2018, Dark Comedy, Romance, 78 Minutes, English.

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This offbeat, black and white film is subtitled “An American Allegory,” and indeed it’s seriously on the nose. With KILL THE MONSTERS writer-director Ryan Lonergan makes every scene mean something. It's inventively edited and well performed. It opens in New York, where gay couple Sutton and Patrick (Garrett McKechnie and Lonergan) have brought a third, younger man Frankie (Jack Ball) into their relationship. They decide that this is the perfect way to live, and that everyone should be as happy as they are, but things don't go as well as they hoped. Three men struggle to save their relationship, while traveling across country in search of a doctor they believe will make one of them well.

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Friday March 29, 2019 5:15pm - 7:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

7:15pm

DADDY | Shown with ALL WE ARE
Friday March 29, 7:15 PM  @ Plays & Players

DADDY

Directed by JONAH GREENSTIEN, USA, 2018, Drama, Romance, 76 minutes.

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A young homeless man uses online hookups to find places to stay. He becomes a hustler and falls in love with one of his clients. A closeted politician looms in the background of this seedy and poetic slice of gay New York, a torch song for the digital age that explores poverty, sex as currency, users and abusers.

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Director Jonah Greenstein and Actor Alex Horner will be in Attendance.

Shown with . . .

ALL WE ARE
Directed by Will Stewart, USA, 2018, Drama, 17 Minutes

After meeting through a personal ad, two men form what they believe will be nothing more than a fantasy-motivated fling—no names, no information. But with so much chemistry, real feelings put a wrench in their plans and a true relationship begins to feel like a possibility, until a confession threatens to pull them apart.


Friday March 29, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

7:30pm

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION | Shown with NOT BLACK ENOUGH
Friday,  March 29,  7:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION
Directed by CAROLINE BERLER, USA, 2018, Documentary, 58 Minutes, English.

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Lesbians didn't always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film.

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Shown with . . .

NOT BLACK ENOUGH
Directed by BRYCE MARRERO, USA, 2019, Drama, Comedy, 24 Minutes, English.



Friday March 29, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

STEAM ROOM STORIES, THE MOVIE | Shown with THE HANDYMAN
Friday March 29, 9:30 PM @ Plays & Players 

STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE
WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by J.C. CALCIANO, USA, 2019, Comedy, 95 Minutes, English

PRESENTED IN CINEMA SCENT (Yes, that’s right, scratch and sniff along with the film!)

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Cosmetics magnate Sally Fay (Traci Lords) and her loyal assistant, Neil, are on a jungle expedition in search of The Fountain of Youth. She uses her fortune to purchase a map that reveals the location of the ancient aquifer to be underneath a gym in Encino, California. Sally sends Neil to obtain a sample of the water from the steam room. In the meantime, they set out to find some dirt on the gym. It turns out the gym owner, Old Man Johnson, has an unpaid tax bill. When he defaults, she’ll swoop in and buy the gym for pennies on the dollar. The tax man tells Old Man Johnson he must pay the IRS $25,000 or they’ll foreclose on the gym. Neil returns to the steam room to keep an eye on things and discovers that the steam room guys are hatching a plan to save the gym- and their precious steam room. Neil befriends the guys in order to secretly thwart their plans. But he doesn’t count on becoming romantically involved with Wade. The guys attempt several cash earning endeavors: some successful, some failures, but all sexy and insane.

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Shown with STEAM ROOM STORIES will be the short film...

THE HANDYMAN

Directed by J.C. CALCIANO, 2019, USA, 9 Minutes, English

A single gay man (Nicholas Downs) schemes inventive ways to keep his sexy handyman around.


Friday March 29, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

9:30pm

JOSE
Friday,  March 29,  9:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

JOSE
Directed by LI CHENG, Guatemala, USA, 2018, Drama, Romance, 85 Minutes, Spanish with English Subtitles.

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"One of the best Latino films of the year!" Winner of Queer Lion award at the Venice film festival! JOSE is a remarkable, striking drama about the title character (Enrique Salanic), a 19-year-old gay Guatemalan who lives with his single mother (Ana Cecilia Mota) in a poor neighborhood. He runs food out to cars to earn money, and secretly hooks up with guys for sex. One encounter, with Luis (Manolo Herrera), a construction worker, however, develops into a passionate romance. Jose then must choose between running off with Luis and remaining at home with his mom who needs him. - Gary Kramer, Salon

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Friday March 29, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor
 
Saturday, March 30
 

10:00am

LITTLE MISS WESTIE | Shown with UNIFORM
Saturday,  March 30,  10:00 AM  @  Connelly Auditorium

LITTLE MISS WESTIE
Directors DAN HUNT & JOY E. REED, USA, 2018, Documentary, 75 Minutes, English.

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LITTLE MISS WESTIE follows two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, school, family and transitioning during the Trump era. A few months ago Ren competed in the Lil' Miss Westie pageant as, perhaps, the first out trans-girl. Her older brother, Luca, coached her on posing, make-up, and talent. He knew his stuff because he competed six years ago when he was living as a girl. Whether Ren wins or loses, this experience will change the family by forever offering a rare window into the lives of two very young gender pioneers.
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Shown with . . .

UNIFORM
Directors ELLIE FOUMBI & MICHAEL NIEDERMAN, USA, 2018, Dramedy, 11 Minutes, English.

Parents are at odds with what to do when their 6-year old son is sent home from school for wearing a dress.


Saturday March 30, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

10:00am

WHAT IF?
Saturday March 30, 10:00 AM @ Plays & Players 

WHAT IF? 97 Minutes

When life ask you the big What if? questions, what will your answer be? Here's a selection of short films that examine some compelling "What if?" scenarios. What would you do?

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FAR FROM THE REACH OF THE SUN
Directed by Kevin Gaffney, 2018, Ireland, 23 Minutes

FAR FROM THE REACH OF THE SUN is set in a near future where a government approved drug can alter your sexuality, allowing you to be satisfied in ways that were not previously in your nature.

MANKIND
Directed by Layke Anderson, 2018, UK, 13 Minutes

A restless young man wants to leave love and the Earth behind. MANKIND reflects the idea of humans being explorers by nature and the consequences of standing still for too long.

WRITHING
Directed by Robert John Torres, 2018, USA, 13 Minutes

Part work of ethereal realism, part dance film, this contemporary set short follows a young man facing the probability of an HIV+ diagnosis.

SOMETHING ROUND
Directed by Nikhail Asnani , 2018, USA, 16 Minutes

A hypnotherapist reels in the moon over unrequited love which proceeds to drive her insane.

HIDING IN DAYLIGHT
Directed by Cheryl Allison , 2018, USA, 15 Minutes

After a gay purge, four best friends are surviving by living in fake marriages to each other. After three years of weekly gatherings, they must determine if their clandestine meetings are worth risking their lives.

SWITCH
Directed by Marion Renard, 2018, Belgium, 18 Minutes

During her first sexual experience, a teenage girl discovers she possesses a disturbing skill.  A queer, pop and fantastic tale about emergence of sexuality and self-acceptance.


Saturday March 30, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

12:00pm

RIPPLES OF WATER
Saturday March 30, 12:00 PM @ Plays & Players

RIPPLES OF WATER
Directed by A.J. CICCOTELLI, USA, 2019, Romance, Comedy, Drama , 107 Minutes, English
WORLD PREMIERE

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Peter Abano’s milestone birthday will go down in history as one of the most awful, and wonderful. He finds himself newly single, depressed and ready to give up, until a younger mysterious stranger appears. The lessons he will learn are: Friends are everything, it’s never too late to find love – and brunch is sacred.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

12:00pm

FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY | Shown with PRISONER OF SOCIETY
Saturday,  March 30,  12:00 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY
Directed by ERIN PALMQUIST, USA, 2018, Documentary, 68 Minutes, English.

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This compelling film is a documentary that follows the journey of an Iraqi refugee and a former translator for the US military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the US, and ostracized from his family and country, Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay man.

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PRISONER OF SOCIETY
Directed by RATI TSITELADZE, Georgia, 2018, Documentary, 15 Minutes, Georgian with English Subtitles.

What does it mean to be a stranger in your own home and country? PRISONER OF SOCIETY is an intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman who has been locked away from the outside world for the past decade.

Saturday March 30, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

2:00pm

Before the Lights Go Out | Filmmaker's Reception (Badge Holder Only)
Saturday, March 30 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Sofitel Philadelphia - Liberte Lounge

“Before the Lights Go Out” Filmmaker’s Reception (badge holders only) 
@ Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th Street

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Take a quick break between films or relax and unwind beforehand with a fabulous festival cocktail and delicious complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the always elegant Sofitel Philadelphia. Our featured guests will include  producers, cast and crew, representing several festival highlighted films.


Saturday March 30, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sofitel Hotel 120 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2:30pm

AMERICAN HATE CRIME
Saturday, March 30, 2:30 PM @ Plays & Players 

AMERICAN HATE CRIME
Directed by IAN LIBERATORE , USA, 2019, Drama, 92 Minutes, English
WORLD PREMIERE

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Jake (Daniel Byrne), a college drop out along with his friends decide to take their homophobia to a whole other level when when they decide to download a gay oriented social media app where they would lure and attack innocent victims. Noah ( Dylan Hartman), a just coming to terms gay teen doesn't know who to talk to about his feelings and turns to the same social media app the attackers use on their prey. Told from both perspectives of the main characters and a chilling conclusion that will alter everyone's lives forever.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2:30pm

BEST OF IRIS 2018
Saturday,  March 30,  2:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

BEST OF IRIS 2018
98 Minutes.

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What is Iris?  Iris has been identified as one of the best 50 film festivals in the world for filmmakers by MovieMaker Magazine four years in a row. The festival prides itself on sharing the very best of LGBT+ filmmaking in Cardiff each October. This is supported through a worldwide network of 25 partner festivals in 19 countries who nominate films each year, alongside open submissions.  The Iris Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the largest LGBTQ+ short film prize in the world. 

MRS. McCUTCHEON 
Directed by John Sheedy, Australia, 16 Minutes
WINNER – Youth Jury Award

LADIES DAY
Directed by Abena Taylor-Smith, UK, 9 Minutes
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Best British Short

BEYOND ‘There’s Always a Black Issue, Dear’ 
Directed by Claire Lawrie, UK, 30 Minutes
WINNER – Best British Short
 
WREN BOYS
Directed by Harry Lighton, UK, 11 Minutes
WINNER – Best British Audience Award, 
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Best British Short, 
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Iris Prize

PRE-DRINK
Directed by Marc-Antoine Lemire, Canada, 23 Minutes
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Iris Prize

THE CENTIMETERS
Directed by Lara Zeidan, Lebanon/UK, 9 Minutes
WINNER – Iris Prize
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Saturday March 30, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

5:00pm

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS: The Imperial Council Story
Saturday March 30, 5:00 PM  @ Plays & Players

50 YEARS OF FABULOUS: The Imperial Council Story
 
Directed by JETHRO PATALINHUG, USA, 2018, Documentary, 82 Minutes, English

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Struggling to maintain its relevance in a fast-changing city, a 50-year-old LGBT charity organization in the US, the Imperial Council of San Francisco elects its next Emperor and Empress. "50 YEARS OF FABULOUS" recounts the rich history of the Imperial Council, one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the world, from its genesis as a critical public space for the community and capacity building of LGBT San Franciscans, to its vital role in the advocacy for LGBTQ+ human rights. The film documents the full scope of the organization's historical evolution up to its contemporary struggle in finding relevance, both in the wake of social progress it has helped to foster, and in light of a newly empowered political coalition committed to rolling back a half-century of civil rights achievements.

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Executive Producer, David Lassman, and Producer, Marc Smolowitz are expected to be in attendance.

Saturday March 30, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:00pm

CANARY
Saturday,  March 30,  5:00 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

CANARY
Directed by CHRISTIAN OLWAGEN, South Africa, 2018, Dramedy, Musical, 120 Minutes, English Subtitles.

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A coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy who gets chosen to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defense Force Choir and Concert group- known as the "Canaries," during the height of the Apartheid regime. Through this group of motley men he discovers camaraderie, the liberating freedom of music and eventually love, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. This rousing and moving film will have you reaching for your 80's playlist.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

7:15pm

JACK & YAYA
Saturday March 30, 7:15 PM  @ Plays & Players

JACK & YAYA

Directors MARY HEWEY & JEN BAGLEY, USA, 2019, Documentary, 83 Minutes, English
WORLD PREMIERE

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Best friends Jack and Yaya celebrate their 30th year of friendship in their hometown in South Jersey alongside a motley crew of extended family and neighbors. While they party and reminisce, Jack and Yaya support each other as they both fight for acceptance as openly trans people.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

7:15pm

SEX AND ROMANCE: Cisgender and Trans Male Shorts
SEX AND ROMANCE – Cisgender Male and Trans Male Shorts, 89 Minutes

Who doesn’t want a little love and sex in their life? This program of eight international gay and trans shorts depict all different stages of relationships—from hookups to sex tourism, group sex to gay marriage. At times, comedic, dramatic, erotic and romantic, these films will leave you smitten and longing for more.

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THE CURSE 
Directed by Dave Berenato, 2018, USA, 7 Minutes (Cisgender)
Kyle’s is ready to hook up with a hot Grindr date at a Halloween party. But a witch thinks it’s a bad match.

THIS IS DRE@M 
Directed by Hernando Bansuelo, 2018, USA, 13 Minutes
Josh is a lonely New Yorker who flies to Thailand for a weekend to meet Dre@m. The couple fall in love, but will their relationship last?

TOGETHER 
Directed by David Benedek, 2018, Slovakia, 20 Minutes
Three young men, living together in Bratislava find love and sex and a shared bond with each other in this sweet, dramatic, and romantic short.

DIX (TEN) 
Directed by Villette Franck, 2017, France, 10 Minutes (Cisgender)
In this sexy short, one man meets another, and then they meet a third until the group is ten strong, then they count back down to one.

ruok 
Directed by Jay Russell, 2018, USA, 13 minutes (Cisgender)
Alex and Bryan have fight via text when one sleeps with a guy they both desire. But can they stay mad at each other?

HANDYMAN
Directed by JC Calciano, 2019, USA, 9 Minutes (Cisgender)
A gay man keeps needing the assistance of a hunky handyman he fantasies about in his house. Is there an ulterior motive at work?

ENGAGED 
Directed by David Scala, 2018, USA, 17 Minutes (Cisgender)
Darren wants to propose to his boyfriend Elliot, but the timing never seems right. Then he gets cold feet. Will love win out?


Saturday March 30, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

9:30pm

BATHROOM STALLS AND PARKING LOTS
Saturday,  March 30, 9:30 PM  @ Plays & Players

BATHROOM STALLS AND PARKING LOTS

Directed By THALES CORREA , USA, 2019, Drama, Comedy, 80 Minutes, English, Portuguese
WORLD PREMIERE

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BATHROOM STALLS AND PARKING LOTS explores dating in today’s hook-up culture. It analyzes how dating apps have turned relationships into disposable and meaningless experiences. The movie takes a hilarious look at the culture of romantic relationships among gay/bisexual male youth in the Castro District as a Brazilian guy rummages through San Francisco’s gay clubs for his one-night stand in hopes of taking their relationship to the next level.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

9:30pm

HARD PAINT
Saturday,  March 30,  9:30 PM  @  Connelly Auditorium

HARD PAINT
Directors FILIPE MATZEMBACHER & MARINO REOLON, Brazil, 2018, Documentary, 118 Minutes, English.

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Set in Brazil's southern city of Porto Alegre, the film focuses on a socially repressed young man who only comes out of his shell during chatroom performances, when he strips and smears neon paints on his lithe body. While facing criminal charges, Pedro must grapple with his sister's sudden decision to move away and leave him behind. Alone in the darkness of his bedroom, he dances covered in neon paint, while thousands of strangers watch him via webcam.

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Saturday March 30, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor
 
Sunday, March 31
 

10:00am

TRANSFORMATIONS - Trans Male and Trans Female Shorts
Sunday March 31, 10:00 AM  @ Plays & Players

TRANSFORMATIONS - 
Trans Male and Trans Female Shorts, 85 Minutes

In this series of thought provoking shorts, the camera focuses on the lives of a myriad of trans male and trans female subjects.

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BACKUP PLAN
Directed by David Beck, 2018, USA, 14 Minutes
Fired for being trans, a devoted grade school teacher decides the only solution is suicide, but an unexpected visit complicates her plan.

I'M ALEX
Directed by Itzuri Sanchez and Joss Manz , 2018, Spain, Mexico, 16 Minutes
Alex wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience through social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body and developing an online profile.

#DO I HAVE BOOBS NOW
Directed by Jesse Brossoit, 2018, Canada, 7 Minutes
A year after launching #DoIHaveBoobsNow, Courtney Demone revisits the global conversation she catalyzed on social media censorship policies and the sexualization of feminine bodies, and reflects on the impacts of being thrust into the critical spotlight as a visible trans activist and queer feminist.

CANDY'S CRUSH
Directed by Roberto Nascimento, 2018, New Zealand, 7 Minutes
This is a portrait of professional Kiwi wrestler and trans woman, Leilani Tominiko, better known as Candy Lee. Leilani talks about her journey as a trans woman and following in the footsteps of her biggest female idol.

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
Directed by Xixi Zhu, 2018, USA, 6 Minutes
Through showcasing Harley Stine's journey to self identification, and his story of struggle, loss, support, and happiness, this documentary aims to close the gap in our understanding of the transgender community and advocate tolerance and acceptance by unifying our human experiences.

GRANDMOTHER AND ME
Directed by Kathryn Cole, 2018, USA, 7 Minutes
In this intimate documentary, Cole exhumes long-kept secrets to capture the complexities of familial love and the subtle effects of transphobia in the home.

IN THE MIRROR
Directed by Manuel Mercier, 2018, USA, 28 Minutes
A son finds his transgender father, Joëlle, who is not your average father. When the son suddenly turns up in NY, right after a sex reassignment, will Joëlle be ready to play the doting father?


Sunday March 31, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

12:00pm

FROM SOMBER TO SILLY: Cisgender Female and Trans Female Shorts
Sunday March 31, 12:00 PM  @ University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium 

FROM SOMBER TO SILLY: Cisgender & Trans Female Shorts, 83 minutes
It is a spectrum of films to tug at the heart and tickle the funny bone.

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ENDLESS SUMMERS FOR THE QUEER MIND
Directed by Ricardo Dal Moro, 2018, USA, 9.5 minutes
Mia has desires that don’t fit into the sexual norms of a 1960's society, what can be done?

HALAYLA (Tonight)
Directed by Emily Shir Segal, 2018, Israel, 14 minutes
Tonight Tom is meeting her girlfriend’s guy pals for the first time. Will she fit in or will the boys interest in their relationship be too much?

THE DRESS YOU HAVE ON
Directed by Courtney Hope Therond, USA, 13.5 minutes
A new dynamic creates challenges for a couple and questions the foundation of their relationship.

HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS
Directed by Jeanette Buck, USA, 14 minutes
When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk." It’s a mother-daughter story, times four.

WILD GEESE
Directed by Susan Jacobson, Canada, 18 minutes
When Amy falls down and the stairs and hits her head, she wakes up with no memory aside from her love for Polly. An unhappy turn of events for her husband Toby.

MISDIRECTION
Directed by Carly Usdin, USA, 14 minutes
From festival favorite Carly Usdin (last year’s Suicide Kale) comes a comedy about OCD, unrequited love, and a little slight of hand.


Sunday March 31, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

12:00pm

NEW MEDIA - WEB SERIES
Sunday, March 31, 12:00 PM @ Plays & Players

NEW MEDIA ~ WEB SERIES
, 101 Minutes

Come take a peek at the latest season of one of qFLIX's favorite Web Series, "History" and check out brand new ones sure to join our favorite's list!

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AMERICA IN TRANSITION
Directed by Andre Perez, 2018, USA, 24 Minutes
AMERICA IN TRANSITION brings you trans stories you won’t hear anywhere else.

SURFER'S PARADISE
Directed by Max Gold, 2018, USA, 33 Minutes
A human invited to live in the company of AI struggles between divided loyalties.

THE BOOK OF CRAIG - Season 1, Episode #1: "Genesis"
Directed by Tyler Stuart, 2018, USA, 20 Minutes
Things aren't going well for Craig, a modern day Job. That is until he meets a street-corner prophesier named, Jesus, who claims that he is, in fact, the reincarnated Jesus. Oh, and Jesus is gay.

HISTORY - Season 3, Episode #1: "Bad Thoughts"
Directed by Jack Tracy, 25 Minutes, USA, 2019
Jamie (Jack Tracy), William (William Cohen), Matthew (Jacob Seidman) and the whole gang return for an LGBTQ+ story about love, loneliness and the family you choose.

Jack Tracy (and others) will be in attendance.


Sunday March 31, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2:30pm

JUNK
Sunday,  March 31, 2:30 PM  @ Plays & Players

JUNK
Directed By MICHAEL PENNY, 2019, USA, Musical, Comedy, 107 Minutes, English.
WORLD PREMIERE

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Join us for the World Premiere of JUNK, a musical comedy! Direct from NYC comes Tym Moss and Robbie Wayne starring as two gay men, one younger . . . one considerably older, both dealers at a flea market, and are offered the contents of a recently deceased individual's dilapidated house and find nothing of value but a massive stash of ghostly vintage porn. As they sort through it they not only learn about the deceased individual but uncover a few things about themselves as well.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlLUKH84Nl8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR06TnZTRaAkf86W6PiCMCNuIJcoaPxhSHR5uddV-gE6y4_fpdfAt98LtII
Writer/Director, Michael Penny, as well as Tym Ross, Robbie Wayne and the rest of the crew will be in attendance.


Sunday March 31, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2:30pm

TEENAGE ANGST: Cisgender Male and Trans Male Shorts
Sunday March 31, 2:30 pm  @ University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium

TEENAGE ANGST: Cisgender Male and Trans Male Shorts, 86 Minutes

Being a teenager is tough—especially for queer youth. The five shorts and five-part web series in this program depict the blush of first love, coming out, and finding one’s sexual identity. From comic to dramatic to even musical, this international collection of male and trans shorts is funny, touching, poignant, and most of all, inspiring.

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FUCK
Directed by Vern Hass, 2018, USA, 3 Minutes (Cisgender)
A one word journey through an unsuspecting freshman’s sexual trials, tribulations, and revelations during her first semester of college.

TURN IT AROUND
Directed by Niels Bourgonje, 2017, The Netherlands, 10 Minutes
Teenage Bram attends a house party where he plays a game of spin the bottle, hoping to get the kiss he wants from Florian, the guy he secretly desires.

AMONG STUDENTS
Directed by Jannik Gensler, 2018, Germany, 10 Minutes (Cisgender)
A gay teen, who is bullied by his classmates, has an encounter with his teacher that changes everything.  

SOMETHING ABOUT ALEX
Directed by Reinout Hellenthal, 2017, The Netherlands, 18 Minutes (Trans)
Teenage Alex likes his sister’s boyfriend, but there is more to this story than meets the eye.

SEQUINS
Directed by Michael Beddoes, 2019, United Kingdom, 18 minutes (Cisgender)
Paul is a budding drag performer who is encouraged to try out his act at the school talent show.

INTERESTED IN
Directed by Blayze Teicher, 2018, USA, 27 Minutes (Cisgender)
This five-part, locally set and shot web series, explores the romantic trials and tribulations of Michael, a recently out college student who navigates love, sex, dating, and friendship.


Sunday March 31, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

5:00pm

SNOWFLAKE
Sunday March 31, 5:00 PM  @ Plays & Players

SNOWFLAKE

Directed by JACK TRACY, 2018, USA, Drama, Political Thriller, Science Fiction , 117 Minutes, English
WORLD PREMIERE 

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After a shocking presidential victory flings an anti-gay Christian warrior into the Vice Presidency, Ethan (JJ Bozeman) must grapple with his fear of the future and decide how many bridges he's willing to burn, and how far he's willing to go to do something about it.

WATCH THE TRAILER:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eUjeTcAlhM


Sunday March 31, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plays & Players 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103

5:00pm

WHERE THE HEART LEADS: Cisgender and Trans Male and Female Shorts
Sunday March 31, 5:00pm @ University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium

WHERE THE HEART LEADS: Cisgender and Trans Male and Female Shorts, 101 minutes
We have all experienced the pull of the heart—a new crush, an ex, someone we can’t have, a family member who doesn’t understand, a friend we’re afraid to come out to. This group of short films will show that where the heart leads, we frequently follow, whether happiness or heartbreak is the end result.

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LADYBUG
Directed by Nick Lopez, 2018, USA, 6 Minutes (Cisgender Men)
Sebastian tries desperately to make his mom happy on Mother’s Day in this student short, while mom is detached and distracted.

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Directed by Lisa Rideout, 2017, Canada, 15 Minutes (Trans, Cisgender Women)
The story of Toronto’s oldest cross-dressing store and the relationships binding the clientele with the owner during actual visits.

VIOLET AND JUNE
Directed by Linnea Ritland, 2017, Canada, 6 Minutes (Cisgender Women)
A crazy blend of live action and animated overlays make this a cute, quirky film of a young lady who has a crush on her best friend.

STILL WAITING
Directed by Thomas Hakim, 2018, France , 24 Minutes(Cisgender Men)
Every day, Anton waits for nightfall, and every night Alexandre comes to him, which encapsulates the eternal longing of one person for another.

MISSED CONNECTIONS
Directed by Michelle Sam, 2017, USA, 15 Minutes (Trans)
A hysterical rendering of two people who meet at Burning Man and then try to reconnect through social media and help from friends.

FOREIGN
Directed by Mark Pinkosh, 2018, UK, 28 Minutes (Cisgender Women)
The lovable and laughable structured life of a comic is slowly invaded by a first date, a neighbor, life, and surprises that toss her into a new reality.

TANGLE
Directed by Malihe Ghloamzadeh, 2018, Iran, 7 Minutes (Cisgender Women)
A gripping black and white animated short about trying to hold onto family and the past while struggling to break free. A first-time student filmmaker.


Sunday March 31, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
University of the Arts - Connelly Auditorium Avenue of the Arts & Walnut Street, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street, 8th Floor

8:00pm

Closing Night Film - MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING | Shown with FORGOTTEN CREW -SILOAM STORIES (World Premiere) | AWARDS CEREMONY
Sunday, October 14, 8:00 PM  @ The Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING
Directed by Alessandro Genovesi, 2018, Italy, Comedy, 90 minutes, Italian with English subtitles.

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This year qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 will close with the acclaimed comedy from Italy, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, written and directed by Alessandro Genovesi, at 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 31, at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Red carpet call for photo ops runs from 7:15 to 7:45pm.

Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) and Paolo (Salvatore Esposito) live happily together in Berlin and are finally getting married. They decide to celebrate in the small village in Italy where Antonio grew up. While his mother immediately supports his intentions, her husband Roberto, the town mayor, is much more reluctant. Paulo, who has not spoken to his conservative mother in a long time, must get her to the wedding as a condition of the marriage. He sets out on a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition understanding that love is love.  Throw in a couple of wacky roommates and the path to the altar is paved with hilarity, hijinks, and lots of love!  If “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Mama Mia” had a baby it would be this delightfully campy film.

WATCH THE TRAILER:https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi766294553

Preceding the featured screening of “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” will be the presentation of the much-anticipated festival and jury awards in the following categories: Best “Female Identifying Subject” Short Film; Best “Male Identifying Subject” Short Film; Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film; Best Documentary; Best Feature Film. This year we will introduce the qFLIX Philadelphia Grand Jury Award for the overall best film.

After the awards presentation we will be screening a powerful short film called “FORGOTTEN CREW: Season 1, ‘Siloam Stories,’” which follows people living with HIV, and the stigma and ignorance the label still carries. Intimate interviews of members of Siloam tell of a place for them to heal by alternative methods, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit and how this healing pool has changed their lives. Founded in August,1995 by Father Don Reilly and Sister Bernadette Kinniry, who stated that she wanted to “Express my gratitude to all who had anything to do with this documentary . . . creating it, participating in it, and helping us to meet more of the broader public. I delight that so many of our ‘friends’ are speaking their own thoughts regarding Siloam and we cherish each whom we have been privileged to meet. They have truly enriched and deepened our own lives. Peace to one and all.” Siloam has existed through private donations for 22 years, and now Siloam is in danger of closing due to lack of funding.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/317872844


Sunday March 31, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Kimmel Center - Perelman Theater 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

10:00pm

MY BIG GAY WEDDING PARTY
Sunday,  March 31 , 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM @ the Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City 

Closing Night Reception - My Big Gay Wedding Party
(For badge holders and "My Gay Big Italian Wedding" ticket holders only

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The evening continues at 10:00 PM with My Big Gay Wedding Party at the Cambria Hotel Philadelphia ,  where we celebrate all of our amazing filmmakers and our incredible team of volunteers. Guests will enjoy select appetizers first, desserts, signature cocktails, and discounted cash bar items for the duration of the night. Come dressed to celebrate!

We conclude this festival marking 25 years of LGBTQ+ films in our region with this celebration.

Come join the stars and celebrate the great diversity that is the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community.



Sunday March 31, 2019 10:00pm - Monday April 1, 2019 1:00am
Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City 219 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA