Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, to be postponed and rescheduled for the fall

Annual film festival event, produced by Charlotte Pride, will now be held Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2020

Charlotte Pride announced on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that it is postponing Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival. The decision was made in light of the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions on mass gatherings and events, the continued uncertainties regarding the pandemic’s trajectory, and how long recommendations for social distancing might last.

The event was originally scheduled to take place May 9-17, 2020, at Camp North End. It has now been rescheduled to Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2020, and will be hosted at the same venue.

In lieu of an in-person film festival this May, Charlotte Pride will host its “LGBTQ Shorts Showcase: Stay-at-Home Edition,” an online screening of several short films submitted to screen at the festival. You can find more details about the special online-only screening event online at https://charlottepride.org/reelout/.

Daniel Valdez (he/him), president of the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors, said of the decision: “Our very first priority is the safety, health, and wellness of our community, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, and other partners. We are confident that rescheduling Reel Out Charlotte will allow us to be clear of the current crisis and successfully present the event our annual attendees have come to love. We are also grateful for the ongoing and generous support of our event venue, partners, and, especially, our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to continue presenting valuable programming and events for our community. We look forward to joining our community for our rescheduled film festival in October — including a special Halloween night celebration of LGBTQ cinema.”

Karen Graci (she/her), President of PFLAG Charlotte, a longtime partner and sponsor of the film festival, responded to news of the postponement: “PFLAG Charlotte knows the crisis we are facing is a difficult one for many in our community, including our local nonprofits and community organizations. We, too, have been impacted and appreciate Charlotte Pride’s decision to postpone Reel Out Charlotte. We look forward to an even better, more successful event in October.”

At this time, planning is moving forward for Charlotte Pride’s other community events scheduled in June and July, as well as the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade scheduled for Aug. 1-2, 2020. Charlotte Pride is closely monitoring all updates and guidance from governmental authorities and our partners at the city.

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Media Contact:
Matt Comer
Communications Director
matt@charlottepride.org