Cinematic storytelling has a special place in the heart of Texas. Hosted in magnificently restored movie houses across the state, each of these film festivals offers a taste of the local film scene, community with fellow cinephiles and an escape into hundreds of dazzling productions.
Plaza Classic Film Festival
Catch a vintage flick at the world’s largest festival dedicated to classic films. You’ll feel like you’re in a time capsule when the movie stars of yesteryear dance across the silver screen at El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
Hill Country Film Festival
For a side of indie filmmaking with your schnitzel, head to Fredericksburg’s Fritztown Cinema to snag a seat at their annual four-day celebration of independent film, the Hill Country Film Festival. Each year, the festival showcases more than 90 feature-length and short films from Texas and around the world.
Oak Cliff Film Festival
Small-town hospitality awaits in Oak Cliff. This little neighborhood in the Big D (that’s Texan for Dallas) transforms to host independent filmmakers of all stripes with an eclectic selection of screenings, parties and workshops everywhere in town for the Oak Cliff Film Festival.
Downtown Tyler Film Festival
Film buffs and cinematic storytellers unite at the Liberty Hall theater in Tyler for the Downtown Tyler Film Festival, a laid-back event that showcases short films and encourages local filmmakers to hone their craft.
Austin Film Festival
Billed as a “writer’s film festival,” this Austin treasure is the place to be if you’re a budding screenwriter or cinephile of any kind. Each October, the Austin Film Festival showcases over 180 exquisitely curated films, panels, competitions, classics and shorts in the majestic theaters around town. You can even enter a screenplay in the competition!