27th Annual

aGLIFF: The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

September 10, 2014 to September 14, 2014

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Narrative Feature
Narrative films 60 minutes and over.
Documentary Feature
Documentary films 60 minutes and over.
Experimental Feature
Experimental films 60 minutes and over.
Narrative Short
Narrative films less than 60 minutes.
Documentary Short
Documentary films less than 60 minutes.
Experimental Short
Experimental films less than 60 minutes.
My Queer Movie
Amateur (i.e., first-time) films less than 10 minutes.
Digital and Interactive Media Projects
Open to projects that combine film, art, and new media technologies, including installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, panel discussions, and games.


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. Polari Nonprofit Organization Programs include the Queer Youth Media Project, My Queer Movie, Filmmaker Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program and Polari Family Screening Program, all of which culminate in the annual Polari Film Festival Program.

Population Served

The constituency served by the Polari nonprofit organization is primarily the LGBTQIA communities of Central Texas as well as national and international LGBTQIA communities. Polari has about 6000 members and engages an outreach of over 10,000 people, approximately 70% of whom were LGBTQI-identified. As Polari 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.


(Artistic Director / Program Director); Aaron Yeats (Executive Director); Jim Brunzell (Program Director); Jim Brunzell (Program Director)


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. An entry constitutes agreement to our Entry Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

Preview Format:

Preview submission must be submitted through Withoutabox’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) WAB tracking number; 3) Running time; 4) Contact info (Name, address, phone number). DO NOT AFFIX LABELS TO 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 works that have previously screened in Texas. Exceptions are rare and determined on a case-by-case basis. aGLIFF does NOT program works that have been broadcast on television, or are in home video or DVD 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 15, 2014. 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 August 15, 2013.

Rental and Screening Fees:

aGLIFF does NOT pay rental or screening fees for programmed works.

Exhibition Formats:

Acceptable formats for exhibition in the festival may include BluRay, DigiBeta (NTSC), BetaSP (NTSC), 35mm film print, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP), 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@polarifest.com 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

Juried Awards:

Programmed works may be eligibile for the following award competitions: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Experimental Film, the My Queer Movie Award.

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

Other Awards:

All films selected are eligible for Audience and Nonprofit Awards. More information on these awards can be found on the aGLIFF website.

Use of Programmed Works:

Entrant agrees that programmed works may also be included in aGLIFF year-round programming. The filmmaker will be notified of any additional screenings.

Acceptance and Authorization:

By entering aGLIFF, the entrant authorizes public screenings of the entered work in the festival and agrees to provide an exhibition copy for the period of the festival at no charge. Should the distribution rights for the work change by the time the festival takes place, it is still the responsibility of the entrant to provide an exhibition copy to aGLIFF without charge. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn.

The entrant assumes all financial responsibility and legal liability for the content of their work including, but not limited to, usage of all copyrighted material for story, voice, visual images, and music.




1. Definitions.

1.1 “Polari” means the Polari, Inc., Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
1.2 “Work” means any narrative, documentary, experimental, and/or animated film and/or video of any length as well as any multimedia or interactive projects/proposals..
1.3 "Festival" means the exhibition of any media or art under the auspices of Polari

In exchange for the opportunity to have the work I submit (hereinafter "Work") considered for exhibition at aGLIFF, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I understand that by entering my Work for consideration, I/We to agree to:

I/We have read all of the aGLIFF Festival (a.k.a. Festival) rules. I/We understand and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. Festival Submission Fees once processed are non-refundable.

I/We agree to hold Polari harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. I understand that the festival projection format may change and I will be notified of the required format once my film is accepted.

By selecting “I agree” and clicking "submit" below, I am accepting these Submission Terms and Conditions in their entirety.