Victoria TX Independent Film Festival
April 3-6, 2014
Film ExChange is thrilled to have the opportunity to present the third annual Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, April 3rd-6th, 2014, in downtown Victoria, TX. The four-day event is designed to inspire and champion independent artists, while introducing the community to the passionate work being done in independent cinema.
In only its 2nd year, Moviemaker ranked VTXIFF among the top 25 in its list of 50 fests worth the submission fee in 2013. Rutger Hauer, legendary actor and director of his own film festival, visited that same year and declared, “This is where good shit happens.” VTXIFF is the rare film festival run by passionate filmmakers who know how to deliver on the promise of what that experience should be for other filmmakers… like coming home.
Produced in conjunction with Film Exchange, an international film festival network with partner fests in Austin, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Las Vegas and Berlin, submissions are eligible for inclusion in any partner fest. Films selected from each festival travel to Austin TX to compete at RxSM for The Crossroads Award, a screening on opening night at VTXIFF, and a combined purse of $5000.
But that’s only the beginning… while VTXIFF 2013 screened 70 films in 7 venues over 4 days, it also brought Berlin artist, Stohead, to Victoria for his first U.S. show, where he painted two murals downtown and several other pieces that were on display during the fest. Artists from NYC’s Antagonist Movement not only screened films, but painted murals and recorded 12 local and visiting bands live to vinyl for Never Records, inspiring the fest to start its own label that will record vinyl every year. There were screenings for children at the local zoo, magic acts, live podcasts, zines, even a midnight bike race.
It’s a rare film festival that understands that filmmakers need far more from the festival experience than Q&As and networking. VTXIFF is that rare community that celebrates, champions, and inspires artists of all kinds… especially filmmakers.
Brian Eno said that although the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”
Victoria TX Independent Film Festival (VTXIFF) is the Velvet Underground of film festivals… mostly because it’s as much about the magic that happens when artists of all kinds bond, influence one another and share community as it is about film. Each year visiting filmmakers not only screened their own films, they collaborated on new films there or started their own festivals!