All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival August 22-25

The Queer Youth Media Project

SUMMER 2019 | Register Now

JUNE 10 - 14, 2019


In collaboration with the Austin School of Film, aGLIFF hosts the Queer Youth Media Project (QYMP). Youth ages 12-20 are welcome to attend free of charge, spending five days immersed in learning the filmmaking process and participating in various roles to complete a short film project which will be screened at the 32nd annual film festival in August! (Dates: Thursday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 25th taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar venue.)

Students will learn not only the entire movie making process, but will also be introduced to theater, acting, casting calls, how to enter films into festivals, market their films and find distribution.

We want to empower our youth with a platform for self expression as well as a highly instructive curriculum that teaches the entirety of the filmmaking process. Your creativity and execution have the unique opportunity to be showcased at our Film Festival Program in August, co-presented by our partners at the Austin School of Film.



Over the course of the summer program, students ages 12-20 will immerse themselves, along with our instructors, into the craft of filmmaking! You have creative control of depicting the current state of life for queer and ally youth while learning technical skills to communicate your stories. Tell your story through film, make new connections, meet industry professionals and be a part of defining your future! 

Applicants should be between 12-20 years old. (Unless otherwise arranged with instructor).

Classes are typically from 10am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Students are responsible for their own transportation and should bring a sack lunch.

Cost: $0

Applications for 2019: Please visit the Austin School of Film website at https://austinfilmschool.org/agliff-queer-youth-media-project/

Check out a couple of our past QYMP short films, hosted on Vimeo.

Ghosting After You | Bi Bi Movie

Students have the opportunity to write, direct, and perform in a short film each year, which is screened at the annual aGLIFF film festival in September.


2019 INSTRUCTOR: bears rebecca fonte

Bears Rebecca Fonté is a Transgender filmmaker and film festival programmer and consultant. They founded Other Worlds after two years as the Director of Programming for AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, overseeing some 200 films selected to screen at eight venues over eight days. The 2013 AFF saw 28 world premiere features and 7 films picked up at the festival or the week after.

Their current SciFi short PRENATAL has played 40+ festivals including Boston SciFi. Their feature thriller iCRIME, which they wrote and directed, was released on DVD, VOD and streaming by Vicious Circle Films in 2011. Their last short film, supernatural thriller, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE, was been selected for 69 festivals 2015-17 including SciFi London and the upcoming Dances With Films. Bears Rebecca also was one of the producers on the Sundance Jury-Award Winning short THE PROCEDURE. They also self-produced two web-series which have been seen by a combined ten million viewers. Prior to arriving in Austin, Bears Rebecca wrote coverage for independent producers and coverage services in LA and placed in nearly every single screenwriting contest out there including Screenwriter’s Expo, Final Draft Big Break, Page International, Story Pros and Austin Film Festival. They received their BA from Carleton College in British Studies and Theatre Studies and a MFA in Directing from Indiana University and have directed over forty plays, including the Austin Critics Table nominee Corpus Christi, and the Austin Shakespeare Festival's Complete Works of Shakspeare Abridged. They studied writing with noted playwrights Jeff Hatcher and Denis Reardon, and directed the first-ever professional productions by Princess Grace Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Don Zolidis and up-and-coming playwright Itamar Moses. Their new LGBTQ Horror short CONVERSION THERAPIST mase its World Premiere at Inside Out Toronto at the end of May.