The only thing that is going to tear our attention away from seeing some great films this weekend will be seeing the award presentations to David W. Ross, Rose Troche, and Ellen Ratner. There’s even some special sneak peeks that only QFest attendees are going to see with Rose Troche’s program. It’s going to be a one night only experience you won’t want to miss! Day of show tickets are available at the venue 30 minutes before first screening.

Festival Favorites have been announced! Click here for info. Please note we have a SOLD OUT screening on Saturday July 21st at 7:15pm of I WANT YOUR LOVE, so KEEP THE LIGHTS ON will screen Saturday July 21 st at 7:15pm instead of 7pm at Ritz East 1.

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Before, during and after films, our proud sponsors and official Old City Watering Hole of 18th Philadelphia QFest 2012, Mac’s Tavern, 228 Market St., is offering two dollars off all regularly-priced drinks and specially-priced Smirnoff QFest 2012 Cocktails with a ticket stub or VIP Badge, now through July 23 and food is served every night until midnight.

. Ritz East Theater 1: 5pm: Nate and Margaret. A dramedy about two oddball best friends and neighbors. Director Nathan Adloff & short filmmaker Shane Morton (“The Cinderella Effect,” which precedes the film) will attend.
Nate and Margaret
Ritz East Theater 2: 5pm: Speechless. Astonishingly complex, melodramatic, seductive, nuanced, cleverly structured and unpredictable.
Ritz at the Bourse: 5pm:
Mary Marie. Bravely pushes the boundaries of an indescribable love affair. Director-actress Alexandra Roxo will attend.
Mary Marie
Ritz East Theater 2: 7pm: Mixed Kebab. A hunky, closeted gay Muslim from a traditional Turkish family finds love for the first time with a blond Belgium boy.
Mixed Kebab
Ritz East Theater 1: 7:15pm: I Stand Corrected.This true life story follows the meteoric rise and internal struggles of King of Prussia native, Jennifer (then John) Leitham, an exceptionally talented, left-handed, upright bassist and recording artist. Subject Jennifer Leitham & short filmmaker Wren Warner (“Transpass”) will attend.
I Stand Corrected
Ritz at the Bourse: 7:15pm: Forbidden Fruit (shorts). The temptations are great, from schoolyard crushes to secret desires. Sometimes you just have to pick that apple! (or should it be a peach?) Director Dara Sklar (“Fluid”) will attend.
Forbidden Fruit (shorts)
Ritz East Theater 2: 9:15pm: Let My People Go! A wild comedy about a lovesick young man stuck in the craziness of his unconventional French Jewish family.
Let My People Go!
Ritz at the Bourse: 9:15pm: Bad Boy Street. Two men - quite dissimilar in age, nationality and emotional stability - embark on an unconventional romance in this Todd Verow drama set in Paris. Director Todd Verow will be in attend.
Bad Boy Street
Ritz East Theater 1: 9:30pm: I Want Your Love. Asexually graphic, but ultimately touching film that follows the bed-hopping adventures of a small group of San Francisco hipsters. I Want Your Love

Following the screening of Bad Boy Street head to Café Nola (414 S. 2nd street) to meet and mingle with director Todd Verow. The “Drag Mafia” will be in the house “sparking it” up!
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7/20 7:15 p.m. Ritz East Theater 1: Rising Star Award: David W. Ross. David Ross found early success as part of the popular British boy band, Bad Boys, Inc., before coming stateside to try a career as a professional model. After landing a role in the award winning 2006 film, Quinceanero, Ross became inspired to write his own film. The result is I Do, which he produced, wrote and also stars. The Rising Film Star Award will be followed by the East Coast Premiere screening of I Do
I Do
VIP Reception for David W. Ross
7/20 9:00 p.m. The Prime Rib: VIP Reception for David Ross. Be one of only 25 people to take part in a three-course dinner, including a champagne toast, in celebration of his award and first time as a screenwriter and producer on I Do, which he also stars. You will also get a personal photo with Mr. Ross as a keepsake. Advance tickets are $100 per person. Jacket and ties are not mandatory. Call the QFest Box Office for Reservations at 267-765-9800 ext. 4.

Artistic Achievement in Directing: Rose Troche And Career Tribute Interview
7/21 4:45 p.m. Ritz East Theater 2: Artistic Achievement in Directing: Rose Troche And Career Tribute Interview. For all of her achievements, we are excited to welcome and present Rose Troche (Go Fish, "L Word") with the Artistic Achievement in Directing as part of this year’s QFest. The award presentation will be followed by a career retrospective including clips from her feature and television work, as well as never before seen shorts directed by Troche, and an interview with film journalist Gary Kramer. As a special sneak peak for fans, we will also be showing clips from the film Concussion, which Troche is producing.
Rose Troche
Barbara Gittings Award: Ellen Ratner
In advance of the tribute, QFest will host the Barbara Gittings Award VIP Gala Showcase, 2:30p.m.-4:00p.m. at Monkey Bar (3rd & Chestnut), honoring Ellen Ratner, as well as A Perfect Ending director Nicole Conn for the 20th anniversary of Conn’s film, “Claire of the Moon”. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 267.765.9800 x4 or at the door.

7/22 4:30 p.m. Ritz East Theater 2: Barbara Gittings Award: Ellen Ratner. This year’s recipient actually worked side by side with Barbara Gittings in the early 1970s, making this year’s award even more special! Ellen Ratner is a passionate philanthropist, LGBT activist, Network Bureau Chief for Talk Radio News Service and Chief Political Correspondent for Fox News.
Ellen Ratner
Following the award presentation, QFest will screen the Philadelphia premiere of A Force of Nature, a film by Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple that brilliantly captures Ratner’s vivacious energy, immeasurable magnetism, and infectious personality.

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