The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) announced today that Bears Rebecca Fonté will be the organization’s new artistic director.
Fonté has served on aGLIFF’s Board of Directors since 2016 and has been a part of the fabric of Austin’s film and arts scene even longer with highlights including Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival, and Founder and Creative Director of the SciFi themed Other Worlds Film Festival. She has also recently taken a seat on the Board of Directors for the Film Festival Alliance, a global community for mission-driven film festivals. Fonté begins her role at aGLIFF this month.
Fonté also serves on the Arts Commission for the city of Austin representing District 6.
“aGLIFF is such a fundamental part of my own personal coming out story – it was the first place I saw my internal self on screen. I couldn’t be more honored to step into the programmer’s seat,” said Fonté. “I’m sure when Scott Dinger founded this festival, he could never have imagined how much it would mean to so many people. I can only aspire to live up to all the great programmers who came before me.”
aGLIFF was founded as the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival in 1987 and the festival began as a four-day event with just four films primarily focused on coming out and the AIDS epidemic. It has grown into a multifaceted nonprofit organization with year-round community programs and events culminating each year in the annual film festival. In 2018, the organization changed its name to All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) to reflect the changing landscape of how queer people identify.