Since the early 90s, GLBTQ film festivals in Philadelphia, under various names, built a huge local audience of queer cinefiles and celebrated diversity and community. Not to mention proving an impressive midsummer tourist draw. Qfest Philly was shut down in 2013, but is back now as the rebranded qFLIX Philadelphia under the organizing skills of veteran festival producers Thom Cardwell and James Duggan.
This year the festival is a paired down but deep field representation of GLBTQ cinema from around the world and in the US. Cardwell said that his team will “rejuvenate qFLIX Philadelphia as an LGBTQ film festival for the community in the tri-state area and the city. I don’t think that there’s ever too much arts and cultural to entertain, enjoy and enrich our lives.”