The Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, TX will feature a retrospective of films screened by the Marfa Film Festival on April 28th, 2016. MFF will share a slate of shorts, music videos and one of all our all time favorite films “The American Astronaut” by Cory McAbee. Festival creator and director Robin Lambaria will be present for a Q&A. We hope you will join us for a night of great film and fun!
Announcements regarding the MFF 2016 lineup coming in May.
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.
Passes get you into all screenings, plus a commemorative badge, festival tote and program guidebook.
• EarlyBird passes purchased before Dec 31, 2015 will include a special goodie bag, free festival tee shirt, and invite to a filmmakers VIP pool party at the 2016 festival.
MFF is extending $100 off 5 day passes till Feb 14th! All pass holders will be invited to our film lover early bird filmmaker pool party!
• Discounted Passes and Tickets available for Tri-County residents (available on-site during the fest with a local photo ID or utility bill)
Developments in 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.
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.
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.
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