Since 2007 the Marfa Film Festival has attracted talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and attendees from around the world to a remote corner of far west Texas. Over 5 days we screen a diverse mix of features, shorts, music videos, and experimental works, including a full afternoon schedule followed each evening by outdoor classics screenings in a starlit desert, with special happenings and spaces.
Our program celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking through meticulous curation and fostering a relaxed social space where up-and-coming filmmakers and adventurous cinephiles mix with film veterans and living legends in a captivatingly scenic, culturally rich environment. We show films one-at-a-time, so attendees can enjoy the entire program with spare hours to relax and socialize in that unhurried “sun-drenched desert town at the end of the world” Marfa kind of way.
Filmmakers, flims, and musical talents featured at MFF have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. Our program features works of promising newcomers, exceptional talents, and celebrated masters, including world premieres and overlooked classics.
The remote landscape surrounding Marfa has witnessed a fascinating history of art and film which continues to unfold in . Festival attendees enjoy an intimate get-away immersed in the unique culture, spectacular scenery, and clear air of the Marfa plateau.
We feel tremendously excited to announce some major developments for 2015:
• The next Marfa Film Festival will happen October 14-18, 2015.
We’d like attendees to experience Marfa at its very best, and everyone seemed to agree the milder climates and earlier sunsets of autumn make it the ideal season. Shorter daylight hours will also allow us to expand our popular program of outdoor screenings beneath the stars.
• MFF is going 501c(3) non-profit.
Through the years we’ve been blessed with fantastic volunteers who contributed extraordinary time and effort to make each Marfa Film Festival a success. Together we’ve made huge strides, but as the festival continues to grow it’s clear we’ll need the support of cinephiles and arts patrons who share MFF’s vision of building a truly world class international film festival in beautiful West Texas. We intend to build and maintain an organizational infrastructure capable of realizing and further developing that dream. To read our mission statement click here
• We’ve added an un-produced screenplay category.
Starting in 2015 we’ll celebrate the work of talented screenwriters by accepting screenplay entries and selecting the best for inclusion in our official program. Selected screenplays will receive live readings featuring local and visiting actors during the festival. Oscar award winning author and MFF 2009 alumni Larry McMurtry (The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Brokeback Mountain) and his writing partner Diana Ossana will participate as members of our screenplay selection team, and we expect to have further exciting announcements in the future.
• We’ve added a trailer / teaser category to our program.
Regardless whether any intention to actually produce a film beyond the trailer exists, we appreciate how the brevity and lack of production constraints in trailers / teasers presents an excellent opportunity to realize striking and innovative film concepts worth sharing.
• Film + Screenplay Entries for the 2015 Marfa Film Festival are now officially open.
• Join our new mailing list to receive updates and special offers.
All who participated this year brought incredible talent, vision, and hard work together, resulting in the seemingly casual occurrence of a world class film festival imbued with all the charm, intimacy, and sophistication that make Marfa such a special place. So many brilliant and vivacious personalities came together, and friendships were made. Thanks especially to our volunteers and sponsors, without whom the fest could never have happened at all.
• We presented over 50 films including features, shorts, and music videos in a variety of genres, with 17 and countries represented and over 40 filmmakers attending.
• CocoRosie twice performed an original live score to Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates, once outside in the vast desert beyond Marfa, once in Marfa’s state of the art Crowley Theater. Both shows = incredible.
• We had 2 Special screenings of Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood in Marfa and Alpine. Lead actor Ellar Coltrane, who spent twelve years making the film with Linklater, joined us for a Q&A.
• We celebrated the 4th of July with an advance screening of acclaimed French director Michel Gondry’s new film Mood Indigo, than we headed out to Marfa’s Vizcaino Park to dance to amazing live music and djs, all while sipping the finest tequila and enjoying the DIY firework extravaganza put on every year by Marfa locals.
• We screened films outdoors under the brilliant West Texas night sky, including Paolo Sorrentino’s undeniable modern classic La Grande Belleza and the world premiere of the visually entrancing psycho-sexual drama Buttercup Bill.
• This year for the first time MFF featured an interactive experimental arcade curated by Juegos Rancheros of ATX, where visitors hung out in tipis experiencing a diversity of games ranging in style from retro to cutting-edge, all designed especially for MFF around the “Space Cowboy” mythos.
We accept Narratives, Documentaries, Animated Films, Music Videos, Trailers / Teasers, Experimental Works, and Screenplays of any genre, addressing any topic. Films must screen within defined runtimes, detailed in our entry guidelines.
Selecting a film for the Marfa Film Festival program is the only formal award we bestow. MFF doesn’t choose ‘best-of’ or organize selected films into competitive hierarchies. We’ve noticed eschewing competitiveness seems to foster a refreshingly unguarded social atmosphere where creative people with a diversity of experiences and reputations can meet to discover new friendships and collaborations naturally. We treat visiting filmmakers with friendly hospitality including a luxuriant filmmakers only dinner and other special happenings.
Passes get you into all screenings, plus a commemorative badge, festival tote and program guidebook.
Attendees from years past will notice we no longer offer the “B.I.G. Pass”, we’ve decided instead to offer only one level of pass and focus on making the festival more awesome for everyone. We will however offer extend special offers from time to time, so sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.
• Discounted Passes and Tickets available on site for Tri-County residents
• Checkout with cryptocurrencies to receive a 10% discount
Traveling to the Marfa Film Festival is an adventure in itself. Located in one of the most remote corners of the United States, you can arrive here by automobile, train, and private airplane. For specific information about how to make your way to Marfa click here.
A duplicate portion of our program will also screen in the neighboring town of Alpine, so we highly recommend booking there if accommodations in Marfa become scarce.
Sign up here to receive periodic news and updates from the Marfa Film Festival
Have a question our website doesn’t answer?
You can phone us during business hours at 213-634-7115, or send an email using the form below and we’ll get back to you.