Exciting news! This year we will be officially renaming our Audience Award in honor of our festival founder, Scott Dinger! Dinger, a pioneer within the LGBTQIA community, created AGLIFF in 1987 at a time when LGBTQIA culture had few public outlets. AGLIFF/Polari thrived under Dinger’s leadership from 1987 to 2004. It is the oldest film festival in Austin, Texas and the largest and longest running LGBTQIA festival in the Southwest.
“Scott Dinger contributes his everything to the city of Austin in a way that reaches far beyond just the front lines of his efforts. He is a groundbreaker, a motivator and a model of what the word ‘community’ stands for,” said Board Vice President Paul Soileau.
The Scott Dinger Audience Award will be given to one outstanding feature film, as decided by the audience of the Polari Film Festival. This is Polari’s most participatory and community-oriented award. By attaching Dinger’s name to the Polari/AGLIFF Audience Award, the organization acknowledges Dinger’s tremendous contribution to our communities in creating a space and audience for queer cinematic expression.
Scott Dinger’s legacy and the announcement of the Audience Award’s renaming will occur on Opening Night of Polari26: Wednesday, October 16, at 7:30pm at the Stateside at the Paramount. Dinger’s legacy will be honored via speeches by Polari Artistic Director Curran Nault and Board Vice President, Paul Soileau. There will also be a video presentation highlighting Dinger’s history with the organization. A private pre-reception for Dinger will be hosted by the Polari Board of Directors in advance of the Opening Night presentation.
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