ACTOR DAVI SANTOS (left) and writer-producer Carlos Pedraza (center) accept their respective acting and producing awards from qFLIX Worcester producer Thom Cardwell. Photo: Mariano Conte

WORCESTER, Mass. — Actor Davi Santos (Tim Wyman) and Something Like Summer screenwriter-producer Carlos Pedraza won awards for the film at the inaugural screening of the qFLIX Worcester Film Festival on Thursday.

CELEBRATING ACTOR Davi Santos’ Rising Star Award at the ‘Something Like Summer’ afterparty in Worcester, Mass.

Davi won the festival’s Rising Star Award for his performance in the movie and his burgeoning film and television career. Carlos won qFLIX’s Producer’s Award honoring his career in producing LGBT-themed films. Both awards were presented just before Summer‘s screening at Worcester’s historic, restored performance hall, the Hanover Theatre.

RISING STAR Davi’s performance as Tim Wyman has been winning accolades from reviewers since the film’s world premiere in Sydney, Australia. Davi attended the premiere.

A writer-producer himself, Davi has garnered mainstream acclaim and a worldwide fan base for his role as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge, with upcoming high-profile appearances on NBC’s Law & Order: True Crime, the Will & Grace revival and the Weinsteins’ horror pic, Polaroid.

ON STAGE opening night at qFLIX Worcester festival, James Duggan (left) and Thom Cardwell (right) present the Producer’s Award to Carlos Pedraza.

PRODUCER Carlos Pedraza’s award follows his third gay-themed feature film. His first film, Judas Kiss, opened the qFLIX’s predecessor festival in Philadelphia in 2011. That film also won cast member Sean Paul Lockhart a Rising Star Award.

Something Like Summer was the closing night feature at qFLIX Philadelphia in March this year, where it brought home a Best First Feature award for director David Berry.

ACTOR GRANT DAVIS accepts a Best Picture award from the Jukebox International Film Festival in August.

“It’s gratifying to work with a festival so intent on nurturing actors and filmmakers by recognizing their work as it develops over a career,” Carlos said. “In Davi’s case it’s about signaling talent so likely to accelerate his career.”

AWARDS These latest two awards follow a strong showing for Something Like Summer on the festival circuit this year, with sold-out screenings around the world and honors for director David Berry, producer Carlos Pedraza, composer Cian McCarthy, actors Ben Baur and Davi Santos, and Best Picture nods from many festival juries, audiences and staff.

qFLIX USA The Worcester festival is the first expansion of qFLIX USA, a nonprofit organization created by the Philadelphia festival to bring LGBT films to vibrant gay communities around the country eager to celebrate films that tell their stories.

We believe that experiencing our voices, stories and visions on film from around the world, from birth to death, from the loved to the loveless, from youth to maturity, helps lift us forward as individuals and as a community.

Founding Producers Thom Cardwell and James Duggan

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