The Austin Film Festival (AFF) has hired Only the Young filmmaker Elizabeth Mims (pictured) as a senior programmer.
She will work alongside newly appointed festival creative director Erin Hallagan and newly appointed film program coordinator Harrison Glaser to implement the event’s film program.
Mims – a realscreen Doc Hot Shot honoree in 2012 – previously worked at the festival as the Young Filmmakers program director and has screened her films Only the Young and 2012 at the fest. Glaser formerly spent two years as the AFF’s conference assistant.
The AFF recently realigned its programming team to grow attendees and film submissions. The conference and film departments have merged and will be overseen by Hallagan, who has previously worked as conference director and film programmer.
“We are excited about the new team we have assembled to build our film program as even more committed to the craft of great storytelling,” said AFF co-founder and executive director Barbara Morgan in a statement.
Mims codirected the 2012 doc Only the Young with Jason Tippet. The film tells the story of three teenagers living in an economically depressed Southern California desert town.