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35 Years of Reel Q

Join us for the 35th anniversary of Reel Q. Our annual film festival ventures online for 2020, inviting viewers into a new virtual space that continues to bring the Pittsburgh community the best in queer cinema.

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Now showing in your living room or home theater: Reel Q 2020! This year’s festival brings not just dynamic features and shorts programs but also live events with filmmakers and local organizations right to you. Learn how our online platform, Eventive, can deliver Reel Q’s 35th anniversary festivities to your favorite screen, wherever you are.

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2020 Features

Rehabilitation of the Hill Poster

Rehabilitation of the Hill

Keyboard Fantasies Film Poster

Keyboard Fantasies

The Dilemma of Desire Poster

The Dilemma of Desire

Queer Japan Film Poster

Queer Japan

T11 Incomplete Film Poster

T11 Incomplete

Queer Genius Film Poster

Queer Genius

Alice Junior Film Poster

Alice Junior

Breaking Fast Film Poster

Breaking Fast

2020 Shorts Programs

Black Excellence Image
Black Excellence
Teen Dreams Image

Teen Dreams

Women's Shorts Image

Her Shorts

Transtastic Shorts Image

Transtastic Shorts

Men's Shorts Image

His Shorts

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Global Gays

2020 Festival in the Press

Opening the Door for the Celluloid Closet in Pittsburgh


October 13, 2020
By Michael Buzzelli

The 35th Annual Reel Q Festival began on October 8 and runs through October 17. The event is mostly online this year (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) but will feature a socially distanced drive-in screening of Hellbent at the Central Outreach Wellness Center.

Reel Q LGBT Film Festival goes virtual for its 35th year

Pittsburgh City Paper

October 6, 2020
By Hannah Lynn

Instead of gathering in movie theaters this year, the 35th annual Reel Q festival is going virtual with a slate of 21 documentaries, dramas, romantic comedies, and short films.

Ep 47 - Learn More About Reel Q, Pittsburgh's LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The Slaw

September 29, 2020
By Stephanie Brea

Pittsburgh’s Reel Q film festival celebrates 35 years this October. In this episode, executive director TJ Murphy highlights some of the organization’s history.

30 Under 30 2020: TJ Murphy

Pittsburgh Business Times

August 27, 2020
By Jennifer Beahm

TJ Murphy leads Reel Q, which will present its 35th annual film festival this year on Oct. 8-17 virtually for the first time as a result of the pandemic. The event features films, panel discussions with visiting directors and actors, and a short film program for teenagers.

Reel Q film festival includes movie with Hill District backdrop

Trib Live

October 8, 2020
By Shirley McMarlin

This year, the Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival will feature 21 programs screening over 10 nights on virtual platforms, including a movie filmed almost entirely in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ film festival celebrates 35th anniversary

Pitt News

October 6, 2020
By Beatrice McDermott

This October, cozy up with a thought-provoking romantic drama set in the Pittsburgh Hill District and a heartfelt rom-com about a gay Muslim man to celebrate the legacy of LGBTQ+ cinema with the ReelQ Film Festival.

12 Pittsburgh Events Not to Miss in October

Next Pittsburgh

September 28, 2020
By Jennifer Barron

Pittsburgh’s longest-running film festival will light up devices and televisions with 21 programs over 10 nights. Reel Q kicks off with “Monsoon” starring Henry Golding as a British Vietnamese man returning to his birth country.

Image credit: Newspapers by J E Smith on Flickr

2020 Sponsors

UPMC (2020)
UPMC Health Plan

Black Excellence photo by Wherbson Rodrigues | Teen Dreams photo by cottonbro | Transtastic Shorts photo by | Global Gays photo by Jameson Mallari Atenta