The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) cultivates the Texas LGBTQI community by enlightening, educating, and entertaining our clients and patrons through programs that enrich the LGBTQI and ally communities while developing LGBTQI awareness. aGLIFF Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, Filmmaker Assistance Program, 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 LGBTQIA 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 LGBTQI youth, immigration of LGBTQI people, gender identity and expression, adoption, marriage, military service, religion, racial identity, cultural issues, and hate crimes against LGBTQI-identified people.

Our 2016, or 29th annual festival grew its attendance by 35%, during its four days. It was held at the flagship Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar with 50+ 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 LGBTQI 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 Format:

Preview submission must be submitted through FilmFreeway's secure online link or on DVD, with online submissions being encouraged.

DVD entries must be Region 0 or 1 and MUST INCLUDE TWO (2) COPIES, which shall each be labeled with the following information:
1) Title
2) FF tracking number
3) Running time
4) Contact info (Name, address, phone number).

DO NOT PUT LABELS ON THE DVDs as this affects their playability - use a permanent marker instead. Please test burned DVDs on several makes and models of players before sending it to us. Please note that the DVD copies you submit for preview will be retained in the aGLIFF archive. Please consider the environment with your submission; we prefer paper sleeves and little to no marketing materials at this time.

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 July 16, 2017. Please label the DVD "Rough Cut" and 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. DVD preview copies must be postmarked by the deadline dates for which the paid entry fee applies. Any previews received bearing a postmark date after the deadline for which a fee was paid will be charged for the amount required to qualify it for the next available deadline.

Foreign DVD entries must be sent prepaid to aGLIFF. Preview copies must be sent directly to aGLIFF with all transportation charges, delivery fees, and any duties or taxes prepaid by the shipper. The entrant must bear financial responsibility in the event that aGLIFF is charged any brokerage fees. Please be sure to include all proper customs documentation. We recommend that the following declaration be printed on the outside of the package and on customs forms:


aGLIFF cannot accept nor assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. In case of loss or damage during the festival, the liability of aGLIFF is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

Notification of Receipt and Acceptance:

To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your DVD entry, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard with your entry.

Final program selection decisions will be sent via email to the contact of record by mid-July, 2017.

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 Program 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 or sent via mail on CD with your entry.

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

Awards & Prizes

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.

Rules & Terms

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, 2016.
5. Films in theatrical release in Austin, Texas prior to, or at the time of the festival (Sept. 7-10, 2017) are not eligible.
6. Film screeners must be submitted on DVD or private video screener link with password. (2 DVD Screeners or one flash drive per entry; NTSC Region 0 or 1)
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 DVD screeners or screening link).

2 Reviews

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    sean butay

    aGLIFF gave the world premiere of my new feature movie, THE BIG RAINCHECK. Jim Brunzell and the festival staff were all very friendly, and extremely well organized. The venue, the Alamo Drafthouse in South Austin, is a superb movie theater. I got to see my movie on a large screen, with great projection of sound and visuals.

    September 2016
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    Matt Vance

    I would whole-heartedly enter this festival again. Jim Brunzell, the board, staff and awesome volunteers made for a very welcoming experience. And pray they keep the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar for their venue...it's fantastic! 100% perfect presentations and the service staff was flawless. I truly mean all of this!

    September 2016