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Hybrid version for the 5th annual QueerX festival celebrating LGBTQ+ music, film, politics, and culture

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2020 Fest Will Feature Live TV Voting, Virtual Award Show, & COVID-Safe In-Person Screening

The first queer global streaming TV network, Revry, honors National LGBT History Month in October with the premiere of the 5th annual QueerX festival brought to you by Lexus (Oct. 1–31). Celebrating LGBTQ+ music, film, politics, and culture, the festival–which has been touted as the queer SXSW (Billboard, Flaunt Magazine)–will take a unique approach to its screening and panel programming this year by going virtual, live, and free. The 2020 event–taking place 3 weeks before the national election–will revolve around the theme “Rise Up” and will drive political participation through its screenings, panels, and activations. 

 

Revry presents QueerX TV–a free 24/7 TV channel through the month of October which will host all of the festival’s “Official Selections” including international LGBTQ+ short films, digital series, and music videos. Audiences will have the opportunity to screen all entries and vote, in real time, on their category favorites. The globally streamed QueerX TV channel will also host other exclusive programming for the festival including Revry’s newest POC-driven panel series, Amplify Voices (promo here), which explores the intersectionality of black and queer identity through the lens of entertainment, sports, politics, and allyship. Other programming for QueerX 2020 will include virtual Happy Hours and its annual Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest presented by Final Draft–giving creators the rare opportunity to pitch projects one-on-one to top industry producers and production companies. 

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Tickets Available Now at: www.queerx.com

 

The festival will celebrate National Coming Out Day with the virtual and in-person premiere of QueerX Live!a star-studded award show that will include screenings of the category winners from the competition, musical performances, celebrity coming out stories, and the presentation of the 5th Annual Revry Visibility Awards which honors public figures who have proven to be on the front lines of queer advocacy this year. The QueerX Live! show will premiere on National Coming Out Day across 250+ millions households & devices on the Revry apps–available in all major app stores (named "App of the Day" by the Apple App Store)–and on its 11 live TV channels on mainstream platforms (e.g. Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Comcast, etc.). In addition, the show will also screen on National Coming Out Day at a COVID-safe, drive-in screening event, QueerX @ the Drive-In–a pop-up Drive-In in Downtown Los Angeles benefiting the community-focused non-profit, DTLA Proud, and featuring DJs, food and drink, as well as surprise guest performances.

 

QueerX is a one-of-a-kind festival highlighting diverse LGBTQ+ works from around the world and facilitating important conversation relevant to our ever-evolving queer culture. Inclusive of the entire LGBTQ+ community, QueerX breaks the mold of other festivals by giving prominence to international storytelling, queer music, unique and free global access, and connecting underrepresented queer creators with the decision-makers in the industry. “The festival pushes boundaries by fostering connection and empowering queer voices,” shares Revry CEO and Co-Founder, Damian Pelliccione. “Community and a sense of shared identity are two of the advantages that being queer offers and its through this festival that we can give back by creating a space of belonging. One where artists, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can connect while exploring the future of queer expression.”   

 

Key Festival Highlights include:

 

  • Oct. 1st-4th: QueerX TV brought to you by Lexus will premiere on the Revry channel guide and viewers will be able to screen and vote for their favorite selections from the Comedy, Drama, and Music Video categories. 

 

  • Oct. 5th -10th: The boundary-pushing Revry Original panel series, Amplify Voices will premiere and screen new episodes. The series embraces black and queer intersectionality across entertainment, politics, sports, and allyship and includes conversations with the authors of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics,’ and discussions about the shared experiences of LGBTQIA+ people in Music and Sports and how to best be an ally to the Black and Queer communities. Hosted by DJ, Activist, and Entrepreneur Joshua ‘Zeke’ Thomas, the programming will include panels with Political strategist / analyst, campaign manager, and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile, Iconic creative Director & Talent Developer Laurianne Gibson, NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, World Cup Gold Medalist gymnast Eddie Penev, and more incredible voices.

 

  • Oct. 11th: On National Coming Out Day, the QueerX Live! awards show will air with musical performances, screenings of the winning films, as well as Revry’s annual honoring of influential celebrities who have made an impact on the community with the 2020 Revry Visibility Awards. A live QueerX @ the Drive-In event will also screen the QueerX Live! awards show in downtown Los Angeles with special pre-show live entertainment and musical performances.

 

  • Oct. 17th: QueerX is thrilled to champion new voices by hosting its annual Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest presented by Final Draft. This virtual event gives any creator the rare opportunity to pitch a project face-to-face with top industry producers and decision makers. Only 20 pitch slots are available with top pitches receiving the Final Draft product as prizes.

 

  • Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - Each Thursday eve from 5pm-7pm (PST) / 8pm-10pm (EST), come enjoy this free Virtual Happy Hour by enjoying your own cocktail and connecting with fellow festival attendees, filmmakers and industry professionals. 

 

QueerX is proud to have Lexus as its Grand Sponsor. Other sponsorships include Final Draft and Tourist Office of Spain who will present the 2020 TourSpain Award . QueerX’s Advocate Partners include Cheurlin Champagne, with Community Partners including DTLA Proud, Black Women Lead and Gayborhood Agency. Special thanks to Media Partners Getty/WireImage and L.A. Confidential Magazine.

 

Upcoming announcements include: live and virtual music performances, Powerhouse Industry Pitchfest judges, and Visibility Award Winners! Past awardees, industry participants, and sponsors include Tyler Oakley, Gigi Gorgeous, Dan Reynolds, LoveLoud, Tegan and Sara, Hannah Hart, Ari Fitz, Bebe Zahara Benet, Amber’s Closet, Viacom, EOne, IFC, Funny or Die, Brian Graden Media, Seed&Spark, Adaptive Studios and Powderkeg Media. 

 

QueerX 2020 Official Selections Program includes:

 

DRAMA

A Walk in the Park (Dir. Santo D. Marabella)

Adolescence (Dir. Zeb Daemen)

Affection (Dir. Connor Williams)

Baby Lies Truthfully (Dir. Joseph Ingham)

Becoming _ (Dir. Sophie Francey)

Box: A Digital Love Story (Dir. Chase Michael Torrence)

Extrasensory (Dir. Ryan Suits)

Flush (Dir. Diego Freitas)

For Spacious Sky (Dir. Coy Middlebrook)

Foundation (Dir. James Elinski) 

Good Bi Kiss (Dir. Chris Phillips)

Here Lies Truth (Dirs. David Elijah & Lauren Flack)

I'm Moshanty. Do You Love Me? (Dir. Tim Wolff)

In Orbit (Dir. Katie McNeice)

Leeway (Dir. Roberto Nascimento)

Now You Know (Dir. Roberto Ferreira)

One More Please (Dir. Aleksei Borovikov)

People Like Us - S2 (Dir. Leon Cheo)

Playback (Dir. Nikhail Asnani)

Plunge (Dirs. David James Holloway & Samuel Lawrence)

Reflections (Dir. Vickie Rose Sampson)

Reparations (Dir. Gregory G. Allen)

The Foreigner (Dir. Ben Allen)

The Leap (Dir. Shanna R. Riker)

The Y Theory (season 2) (Dirs. Caroline Taillet & Martin Landmeters)

Treasure (Dir. Monty Wolfe)

Velour (Dir. Miranda Manziano)

We're Not Here (Dir. Bonnie Moir)

 

COMEDY

A Sip With Vodka: A Russian Guide to Becoming A Real Housewife and Making It In America (Dir. David Kahawaii)

Avocado Toast the series (Dir. Sam Coyle)

Being In (Dir. Victor M. Rocha)

Blurred Lines (Dir. Lucy Sandler)

Dated (Dir. Zenon Samuels)

Don't Frighten The Horses (Dir. Yannis Zafeiriou)

Fertilizer (Dir. Ben Simpkins)

InQueeri (Dir. Alexandra Rose)

Jules & Eli – Pilot Episode (Dirs. Cristina DiGioia & Damon Corbin)

Kiko's Saints (Dir. Manuel Marmier)

Lez B Real (Dir. Ellie Gravitte)

LoverGirl (Dir. Shawna Khorasani)

Phasmophilia (Dir. Simon Sager)

Punch Card (Dir. Adrianna Stough)

Simple as That (Dir. Brandon C. Lay)

Stalls (Dir. João Dall'Stella)

Tiny Laughs (Dir. Laura Edith Rivas)

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

"Backroom" by ShyBoy 

"Backstabber" ft. Nina Flowers by Fior

"But First..." by Erin Brown Thomas

"Human" by Je'Vel

"Silence" by Nick Eliscu

"Star of Bethnal Green" by Bear's Den

"Tables Have Turned" ft. Coco Montrese by Christina Royale

"UP2U" by the Nico Show

"Vivian & Valerie" by Gabe Lopez

"Way. Way. Back" by Christopher Sorensen

 

 

ABOUT REVRY

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv, Revry.tv

 

ABOUT LEXUS

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers. www.facebook.com/lexus, www.twitter.com/lexus, www.youtube.com/LexusVehicles, www.instagram.com/lexususa

 

ABOUT FINAL DRAFT

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company Final Draft, A Cast &Crew Company, has published Final Draft® software –the number one screenwriting application in the world –for30years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best –writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break® Contest, a screenwriting competition that launches careers and awards over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers Final Draft Mobile for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. To learn more about Final Draft and its products and services, visit www.finaldraft.com

 

ABOUT DTLA PROUD

DTLA Proud is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strengthens and empowers the local LGBTQ+ & ally community in Downtown Los Angeles through visibility, volunteerism, partnerships and events. Founded by a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and nightlife promoters, we were born from the idea that together we could create an all-inclusive community that represents the diverse LGBTQ+ population that lives, works and plays in the thriving heart of the city of Los Angeles. 

 

To learn more, please visit www.dtlaproud.org and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DTLAPROUDOrg) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/dtlaproud/) for live updates.

 

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