FFA presents its 3rd Virtual Regional Roundtable of 2020 on August 21, with host festival aGLIFF. The festival runs August 6-16. The roundtable will include overall themes of audience engagement, and queer film programming.
Registration per person is a suggested $20 donation which will go directly to support aGLIFF’s Black Queer Filmmakers Fund. Email us at info @ filmfestivalalliance.org if you need to request a voucher. Register here >
Thank you to our sponsors Elevent, Film Festival Flix and The Laurel Channel.
Friday, August 21: (All session times are in EST)
2:00pm-2:50pm: Building Audiences in the Virtual World, sponsored by Elevent
Authentic audience building through programming can already be a challenge for film festivals. We’ll hear from leaders at focused festivals about how the virtual festival platform has affected their audience building for worse, or maybe for better? Speakers include Andria Wilson (Executive Director, Inside Out Film Festival), Hanna Huang (Executive Director, Austin Asian American Film Festival), Mercedes Cooper (Director of Programming, Array), Anoushka Ratnarajah (Artistic Director, Out on Screen) and Jim Brunzell (Artistic Director, aGLIFF.)
3:00 – 3:50pm: aGLIFF 2020 Case Study:
This session with the aGLIFF team, dives into the 2020 virtual festival, and will include information about programming, marketing, attendance, and an emphasis non-film audience audience engagement. As festivals pivoted to the virtual space, aGLIFF struggled with a decision that seemed adverse to the very foundation of Queer festivals. Hear how they overcame the instinct to cancel, and even changed a few board member opinions along the way.
4:00 – 4:50pm: Filmmaker Lounge: Special Happy Hour Edition, Sponsored by Film Festival Flix:
Join us in the Filmmaker Lounge with our host Katie McCullough of Festival Formula, LTD. to hear from Austin-based filmmakers Lisa Donato (Gossamer Folds), Gary S. Jaffe (Last Summer with Uncle Ira) and Jessica Wolfson & Jessie Auritt (The Paint Wizzard). We’ll hear from each of them about how they’re navigating/treading through the virtual festival circuit, and how the Austin filmmaking community is weathering the pandemic.
5:00-5:50pm: Rebranding of A Festival: From Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival to aGLIFF to Prism:
For years aGLIFF stood for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, a name that by the 30th anniversary of the longest running festival in Austin no longer described the films it played nor to the community it served. Hear how aGLIFF became the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival on its way to Prism.