The All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) cultivates the Texas LGBTQ+ community by enlightening, educating, and entertaining our clients and patrons through programs that enrich the LGBTQ+ and ally communities while developing LGBTQ+ awareness. aGLIFF Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, Community Partnership Program and Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in or around the annual aGLIFF Film Festival Program.

Population Served

The constituency served by the aGLIFF nonprofit organization is primarily the LGBTQIA communities of Central Texas as well as national and international LGBTQIA communities. aGLIFF has about 6,000 members and engages an outreach of over 10,000 people, approximately 70% of whom were LGBTQI-identified. As aGLIFF has grown in scope and vision, the constituency has broadened and diversified. The organization has evolved from a program primarily based on entertainment and the experiences of American gay white men into an internationally-recognized community organization committed to reflecting and speaking to a broad range of issues across cultures, race, immigration status, class, gender identity and expression, age and region.

Film Festival Program

aGLIFF entertains our community through the exhibition and support of the best in recent LGBTQ+ international, national, and regional films. The festival showcases features and shorts, in addition to mainstream, and avant-garde films. Festival events connect members of the community. Symposia and panels explore current political and social trends; and increasingly the festival serves as a venue for first-time filmmakers. Special shorts programs have focused on the issues faced by LGBTQ+ youth, immigration of LGBTQ+ people, gender identity and expression, adoption, marriage, military service, religion, racial identity, cultural issues, and hate crimes against LGBTQ+-identified people.

Our 2018, or 31st annual festival grew its attendance by 25% from 2017, during its four days. It was held at the flagship Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar with 60+ visiting filmmakers in attending from all over the world.

aGLIFF accepts films of any length and genre that are by, about and/or of interest to LGBTQ+ people. We also welcome proposals for multi-media, performance and interactive projects. Feel free to contact the program director if you're unsure if your film qualifies. An entry constitutes agreement to our Entry Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

Preview submission(s) must be submitted through FilmFreeway's secure online link only.

Works in Languages other than English:

Preview and exhibition copies of works in languages other than English must be subtitled.

Premiere Status:

aGLIFF does not generally program submissions that have previously screened in the Austin, Texas area. Exceptions are rare and determined on a case-by-case basis. aGLIFF does NOT program works that have been broadcast on television, or are on DVD or streaming distribution prior to the festival. It is your responsibility to disclose this information on your entry form and to notify us immediately of any changes after your entry is submitted for review.

Rough Cuts and Works-in-Progress:

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for entry only if they will be completed by June 30th, 2019. Please specify what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc.).

Online submissions must be uploaded by the deadline dates for which the paid entry fee applies.

Rental and Screening Fees:

If you have submitted your film to aGLIFF via FilmFreeway or ask for a waiver fee, aGLIFF will NOT pay rental or screening fees for submitted and programmed works. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Exhibition Formats:

Acceptable formats for exhibition in the festival may include Digital Cinema Package (DCP), BluRay, h.264 file and 35mm film print but exhibition format will be based on theater availability and will be subject to pre-approval by the aGLIFF Artistic Director.


Sending as full a press kit as possible is encouraged with each entry and will be required upon acceptance. Press materials may be emailed to film@agliff.org.

Press kit should include:
- Digital photo stills in JPEG or TIFF format at 300 dpi (dots per inch)
- Trailer, less than 2 minutes, in MOV or AVI format
- Director Biography
- Cast and Crew List
- Reviews
- Artwork
- Mention of other festivals your film has screened

Juried Awards:

Programmed works may be eligible for the following award competitions: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short and aGLIFF's "Humdinger" Audience Award.

Films selected to be in juried competition must be a Texas premiere, and conform to any additional requirements as described on the aGLIFF website.

Other Awards:

All feature length films selected are eligible for Audience Award and other special awards.

1. Films must be Texas, Southwest, US, North American, and/or World premieres to screen at aGLIFF.
2. Films must be at least TX premieres to be considered and eligible to be accepted into "Competition" sections.
3. Films that have been previously submitted to the aGLIFF are not eligible.
4. Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018.
5. Films in theatrical release in Austin, Texas prior to, or at the time of the festival (August 22-25, 2019) are not eligible.
6. Film screeners must be submitted on a private video screener link with password.
7. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
8. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
9. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
10. Student film entries must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc. and should be included with a screening link).

Overall Rating
  • Arshad Khan

    This festival is stellar in every possible way. Austin is beautiful, the festival staff and volunteers are extremely kind and sweet and well informed. The venues for the screenings were wonderful- the Alamo Drafthouse where you can order food and drinks while you enjoy your film. The programming was also spectacular. Great place.

    December 2017
  • Carlos Ruano

    Jim Brunzell and his staff were super nice with us. Although we were unable to attend the festival, we felt we were there.

    November 2017
  • Adam Stephenson

    I was not able to attend this years celebration of films in Austin but humbled to have our film included. This is one of the longest running LGBTQ Film Fests that we submitted to and they have maintained a great reputation. Their communication with us was stellar and would recommend submitting to anyone with a story to tell.

    October 2017
  • Iain Gardner

    Unfortunately, we were unable to attend aGLIFF this year, but the organisers always kept us updated with relevant information and made us feel part of the event even in our absence.

    September 2017
  • Gary Jaffe

    We had a terrific time at aGLIFF. Jim and John really rolled out the red carpet for filmmakers (literally), all the screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse were projected beautifully, and it was overall just a really wonderful weekend.

    September 2017