ClexaCon is teaming up with SAG-AFTRA, YouTube Space L.A., Outfest, and UNLV to bring something new to their convention. This is the third consecutive year of the convention and the second year it will be held at the Tropicana and for this third year the focus is on education and helping new creators find their way. With a diverse group of over 4,000 attendees from more than 40 countries last year, this year’s ClexaCon is looking to make the one of kind experience even more unique.
Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski, the great minds behind the convention, wanted to make a strong push with the mission of ClexaCon and bring extra focus to empowering and inspiring LGBTQ+ women to get involved in content creation and push allies to increase inclusion in their work. While representation of LGBTQ+ characters was at an all time high in 2018 on television, this is not the case for feature films. With Hollywood still lacking in representation it is crucial to continue to push to ensure the voices of LGBTQ+ people are heard.
With their partners, ClexaCon will be hosting a full day on April 11th focused on education and creation with two newly created Labs, The Creators and The Academic. Participants will be able to take part in a variety of panels and workshops and will also be able to network. Beyond that ClexaCon is collaborating in part with Outfest for their film festival. This will allow the Best Short Film Winner at ClexaCon to immediately be accepted into Outfest. The selections for the film festival are always strong and this added element just makes it an even more exciting experience for the creators.
Outside of these new events, ClexaCon will again be hosting Cocktails for Change as well as their Fun Run. This year the proceeds will be going to The Visibility Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ content creators. Ashley Arnold commented that “Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impacts we’re honored to be giving back this year to a community partner like The Visibility Fund that shares our voices and stands for our mission.” You can find out more about these events on the ClexaCon website.
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