HISTORY

aGLIFF - The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

aGLIFF - The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival was founded in 1987 and became a 501(c)3 in 1995 under the umbrella of the new non-profit aGLIFF.

This year we celebrate 27 years of programming for the Austin community.

aGLIFF has grown tremendously in size and scope from a short four-day run of four films primarily focused on coming out and AIDS to a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs that culminate in our annual film festival program, with over 150 films depicting a myriad of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age, and region.

The festival showcases feature films and shorts, mainstream and avant-garde. Films Symposia and panels have explored current political and social trends; and increasingly the festival provides a space for showcased, talented new voices for first-time filmmakers.

aGLIFF and the Polari non-profit organization goals:

  • To create positive and visible film programs relevant to lives of LGBTQI-identified people
  • To educate the community about LGBTQI issues
  • To produce and promote the best in LGBTQI community building events
  • To support and partner with other organizations to enlighten the public

The aGLIFF and Polari programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, My Queer Movie Project, the Filmmaker Assistance Program, Community Partner Program and Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) program.