Organizers of QFest, the annual local LGBT film festival, announced Thursday that the event will not run this summer as scheduled. The festival would have celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
QFest usually spans nearly two weeks in July but instead, there will be a "mini" QFest this fall and another in the spring, both at the new Warehouse Cinema, a three-screen cinema complex in Northern Liberties, slated to open in November.
According to a statement posted on the festival website, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance officials said the change stems from fundraising challenges, as well as the unavailability of founder and artistic director Ray Murray to helm event programming.
Murray is a driving force behind Warehouse Cinema and was a founding member of TLA Entertainment Group. TLA was acquired by Sterling Genesis International in January. At that time, new TLA CEO and president Derek Curl told PGN he was "in talks about how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of QFest."
Read more about the postponement of QFest in next week's PGN.