Special Announcement!

The 2014 Philadelphia QFest Postponed

The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance (PCA) has announced the postponement of the July 2014 edition of Philadelphia QFest. The decision was prompted by several issues including fund-raising challenges and the unavailability of festival founder and Artistic Director Raymond Murray to head film programming. Click here to read the full press release

2013 Award Winners Announced!

2013 QFEST AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

BEST DOCUMENTARY:  The New Black, directed by Yoruba Richen

BEST FEATURE:  Out In the Dark, directed by Michael Mayer

BEST COMEDY:  Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf, directed by Anna Margarita Albelo

BEST SHORT:  Spooners, directed by Bryan R. Horch

HONORABLE MENTION:  The Rugby Player, directed by Scott Gracheff

2013 QFEST JURY AWARD WINNERS

BEST FEATURE:  Free Fall, directed by Stephan Lacant

BEST DOCUMENTARY:  Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, directed by Pratibha Parmar

BEST SHORT (GAY):  The Package, directed by Rafael Aidar

BEST SHORT (LESBIAN):  The Kiss, directed by Filip Gieldon

FIRST TIME DIRECTOR (FEATURE):  Jane Clark forMeth Head

FIRST TIME DIRECTOR (DOCUMENTARY):  Marta Cunningham forValentine Road

HONORABLE MENTION:  Pamela Drynan forWhere I Am

Festival News and Updates

Check back here for the latest festival news and program updates.

Important Notice for Online Ticket Orders!

At the moment we are experiencing difficulty processing online credit card orders.
We hope to have the issue resolved shortly. Thank you for your patience!

Programming Changes!

Please note the following changes to our Printed Program Guide Calendar (pages 44 & 45).

Friday, July 19

  • In Bloom moves to Ritz Bourse at 7:00pm
  • Queeradelphia moves to Ritz East 1 at 7:30px
  • Saturday, July 20

    Ritz East 2 Time Changes
  • The Rugby Player - 5:00pm
  • Geography Club and It Had to Be You will be switching theaters.
  • Geography Club will now play at the Bourse at 7:15
  • It Had to Be You will play at REast 2 at 7:15.
  • Important Ticket Location Announcement! *

    QFest is excited to announce a NEW Advanced Ticket Sales Location for 2013. This year, we will exclusively be selling in-person advanced tickets at Giovanni's Room at 345 S. 12th Street (12th & Pine). Ticketing hours will be 11:30am-7pm Monday- Saturday and 1pm-7pm on Sunday. Please note, this location is not handicap accesable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    * Due to technical difficulties, we will no longer be selling tickets at William Way Community Center.

    Festival Blog

    Keep up-to-date on all the latest festival news and gossip at our qblog. Here's a sample of our latest headlines:

    Interior. Leather Bar. is SOLD OUT for tonight

    Interior Leather Bar is sold out for tonight. It is playing again tomorrow morning at 12:15. Tickets for tomorrow’s show available HERE!  

    We still need volunteers!

    Hey everyone, With only a few more days until the festival, we still need to have a lot of positions filled for during the festival. Please, if you have any more shifts that you can sign up for, let us know. It’s true when we say that we can’t run this festival with you. You […]

    Events and Parties!

    QFest 2013 Fabulous Events Thursday, July 11 – OPENING NIGHT! G.B.F. Opening Night Party @ LIT ULTRA BAR Lit Ultra Bar, 9:30 pm to 2:00 am Presenting Sponsors: TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Underground Arts “Prom Night Gone Wild” is the party theme in celebration of the premiere of G.B F. Brittany […]

    Festival Extras

    Welcome from the Artistic Director

    Every year, when I begin compiling the list of programming possibilities for the upcoming film festival, I become anxious that there will not be enough films to fill our slots; that funding will dry up and the LGBT filmmaking community will follow the money and make heterosexual movies. But every year, when the onslaught of submissions overtake my desk and I begin to watch them, I calm the fuck down, knowing that there will be another festival filled with fascinating, entertaining and challenging features and documentaries.

    And what should you see? Well, everything. But if that isn’t in the cards, let me offer a few opinionated highlights. Let's start with sex. For the guys, the World Premiere screening of Road Strip, the documentary on two CockyBoys models is certain to delight (and they'll be here to present the film); there is also the shorts program, Cruising for Sex; the controversial James Franco/Travis Matthews film Interior. Leather Bar. (certain to excite and infuriate the audience); Truth a psycho-sexual thriller starring Sean Paul Lockhart (Brent Corrigan); a super hot romance set in Cuba, The Last Match and Mr. Angel, the eye-opening documentary on the life of trans porn star Buck Angel. [Read More...]

    For the women, the selections are admittedly thin this year compared to previous festivals but the programming team of Carol Coombes and Kelly Burkhardt choose quality over quantity with some of the stand-out being the Pratibha Parmar's enthralling documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth; Jamie Babbit's thriller Breaking the Girls, the super hot French import Bye Bye Blondie, the crowd-pleasing Canadian film, Margarita and the provocative historical documentary Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution.

    And personal favorites? Well, my taste is admittedly a little offbeat, but I absolutely love the enchanting Spanish coming-of-age drama Animals; the stylish and witty Love Will Tear Us Apart; the wild cross-dressing comedy First Period; the sexy and blood-soaked Violence of the Mind; the political drama (and follow-up to our 2009 hit, Shank) Cal; the incredibly entertaining bio-doc, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia and finally, In Bloom, a knowing look at a modern gay romance.

    Since it was such an outstanding year for documentaries, we make that category its own section with many thoughtprovoking films on subjects ranging from serious topics like religion, politics, AIDS and marriage equality to more pop themes such as disco and Divine. Don’t miss the double feature of Fall to Grace and The Battle of amfAR where former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey will be on hand at the Q&A.

    We don’t list expected guests in the printed guide (the reason being a near riotous audience years ago when actor Keifer Sutherland was a no-show) but there will be over a hundred, so please check the website for confirmed guests.

    And don’t miss our opening and closing bookend films: the raucous teen comedy G.B.F. which opens the festival and the seductively entertaining modern film noir Hot Guys with Guns directed by Doug Spearman (of "Noah's Arc" fame.) Over-all? The best line up of films ever. Did I ever say that before?

    - Ray Murray, Artistic Director