Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
aGLIFF entertains our community through the exhibition and support of the best in recent LGBTQIA+ international, national, and regional films at the annual Prism Film Festival. The festival showcases features and shorts, narratives, documentaries, music videos, and the avant-garde. Festival events connect members of the community, filmmakers to each other and filmmakers to the community. Conversations and panels explore current political and social trends; and increasingly the festival serves as a major showcase for independent films.
In 2019, the Board of Directors selected PRISM as our festival theme to highlight the way our festival can refract a single beam of art into multiple viewpoints, showcasing all the voices in the spectrum of our LGBTQ+ community. With new Artistic Director Bears Rebecca Fonte taking over in 2021, aGLIFF made the Prism 'theme' the new name of the festival. "PRISM encapsulates the spirit of aGLIFF just like a prism captures light, splitting it into many colors," said Fonte, "We take the light of film (or a cinema projector) and reveal the many voices that make up our community. And prisms work both ways, if you put one in front of separate colors it combines them into one fused beam."
In 2020, in the wake of Covid, aGLIFF took its festival virtual and had its most successful event in years, garnering more publicity and eyes on films than the previous several years combined. In 2021, aGLIFF plans for Prism FIlm Festival to be a hybrid event, with most events virtual on Eventive, and a few screenings in person. By submitting your film, you agree to the organization's final determination of which events and films will be virtual and which are in person.
Programmed works may be eligible for the following jury awards: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, and other competitions as selections warrant.Films selected to be in juried competition must be Texas premieres.
All feature length films selected are eligible for the "Humdinger" Audience Award, named for aGLIFF's founder Scott Dinger.
Queer Black Voices Fund:
Eligible films will be considered for Queer Black Voices Fund, created in response to the recent events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Javier Ambler, among other incidents between police officers and African Americans. “From this point forward, we will always have Black stories told at aGLIFF,” Board President Casandra Alston said, "because queer community, Black community… when you’re hearing a story from the people who are part of that community, the story is that much more enriched." This year aGLIFF will begin awarding grants to cover costs associated with submitting and showing qualified films as part of Prism and our year-round programming. The fund also will be used to cover travel expenses to bring filmmakers to Austin. A portion of all entry fees goes back into supporting the fund.