You’ve probably been watching a lot of movies at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s some news for lovers of queer film, arriving before Pride Month is over.
AGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival), an annual Austin celebration of LGBTQ films, has canceled this year’s physical gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic and will take its 2020 event online over two weekends, Aug. 6-9 and 13-16. Programming will be made available using an online screening service.
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This year’s virtual fest will showcase more than 50 feature and short films. To get in on the action, you can become an AGLIFF member or buy a badge for either weekend. Single tickets to view films will go on sale in July, according to the festival’s website.
(Full disclosure: This writer has volunteered at AGLIFF in past years.)
"We are living through a historic moment where the entire film industry has had to rapidly adapt to survive in these current times," AGLIFF board president Casandra Alston said in a statement. "We’ve had to shift our mindset to determine the best way we can deliver the next wave of revolutionary queer and trans stories for our community, and online seemed like the perfect solution to have these voices heard. Moving to a virtual platform has forced us to become better, more accessible, and more innovative for our audience and the filmmakers we support. We are also excited about some fun surprises we have in store for unique ways for everyone to stay connected during the festival even though we won’t be together in a movie theatre."
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AGLIFF also has announced the first wave of programming, including "The Glass Room," "Monsoon," "Pier Kids," "Surviving the Silence" and "Twilight’s Kiss." The full lineup will be released in July.
To purchase a badge to the virtual festival, $35-$65, go to agliff.org/badges.