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2014 Hill Country Film Festival SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 | 3 P.M. | BLOCK 1 | SHORTS | FRITZTOWN CINEMA | FREE SCREENING

  • Chopper | Belgium | Animation | Lars Damoiseaux & Frederik Palmaers
  • DIE SCHAUKEL DES SARGMACHERS | Azerbaijan | Drama | Elmar Imanov
  • Front Porch | USA | Drama | Chris J. Rodriguez
  • Ice Queen | USA | Drama | Rohan Khublall
  • Insomniacs | UK | Drama | Charles Chintzer Lai
  • Roy & Betsie | Australia | Drama | Stuart Willis
  • Sing-Song | USA | Dramedy | Kathryn Kane

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 | 5 P.M. | BLOCK 2 | FEATURE | FRITZTOWN CINEMA | FREE SCREENING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 | 8:30 P.M. | BLOCK 3 | FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORTS | MARKTPLATZ OUTDOOR FREE SCREENING

THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 1 P.M. | BLOCK 4 | SHORTS | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 3 P.M. | BLOCK 5 | SHORTS | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 5 P.M. | BLOCK 6 | KIDSFILMFEST SHORTS | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

  • Ctrl | UK | Kids live-action | Amy Coop **
  • Little Star’s Journey | USA | Animation | Yi-An Chien **
  • Macy’s Journey  | USA | Animation | Eva Nordholt **
  • Moongirl| USA | Animation | Henry Selick **
  • Peaceosaurus | Canada | Animation | Barb Taylor **
  • Rainy Day Ducks | USA | Animation | Danielle Heitmuller **
  • Slowly But Surely | USA | Animation | Eli Balser **
  • The Silly Seasons | UK | Kids live-action | Christopher Michael **
  • The Trap | Canada | Kids live-action | Rio Fitch **
  • Whale Song | Australia | Animation | Nirali Somaia **
  • When I Met Dottie | Canada | Animation | Xstine Cook, Maezy Dennie, Medina Dennie, Zaiyah Dennie **

THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 7 P.M. | BLOCK 7 | FEATURE | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY | SPECIAL SCREENING

  • Bernie | USA | Drama | Richard Linklater **

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 10 A.M. | BLOCK 8 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 11:30 A.M. | BLOCK 9 | FEATURE | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 12:15 P.M. | BLOCK 10 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 2:30 P.M. | BLOCK 11 | FEATURE | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 3:30 P.M. | BLOCK 12 | DOC SHORTS | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 4:45 P.M. | BLOCK 13 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 7 P.M. | BLOCK 14 | FEATURE | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 10 A.M. | BLOCK 15 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 11:30 A.M. | BLOCK 16 | FEATURE | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 12:15 P.M. | BLOCK 17 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 2:30 P.M. | BLOCK 18 | FEATURE | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 3:30 P.M. | BLOCK 19 | KIDS FEATURE | FRITZTOWN CINEMA

  • Wayfaring Stranger | USA | Music Video | Timothy Baird
  • Khumba | USA | Animation | Anthony Silverston **

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 4:45 P.M. | BLOCK 20 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

  • America 101 | USA | Comedy | Richard Speight, Jr.       
  • Best Man | Sweden | Drama | Gunnar Järvstad
  • Bet on Red | USA | Drama | John Murray **
  • Easy | USA | Drama | Daniel Laabs
  • Hotel | Spain | Horror | Jose Luis Alemán
  • Pint | Australia | Comedy | Nic Barker
  • Stay Calm Stan | USA | Comedy | N.T. Bullock
  • The Heeler | USA | Drama | Justin Steele

SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 7 P.M. | BLOCK 21 | SHORTS | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY

** Films screening out-of-competition

Feature Film Schedule for the 2014 Hill Country Film Festival

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 | 5 P.M. | FRITZTOWN CINEMA
FREE SCREENING
THURSDAY, MAY 1 | 7 P.M. | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY
SPECIAL SCREENING (out of competition)
  • Bernie | USA | Drama | Richard Linklater
FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 11:30 A.M. | FRITZTOWN CINEMA
FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 2:30 P.M. | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY
FRIDAY, MAY 2 | 7 P.M. | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY
SATURDAY, MAY 2 | 11:30 A.M. | FRITZTOWN CINEMA
SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 2:30 P.M. | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY
SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 3:30 P.M. | FRITZTOWN CINEMA
SPECIAL SCREENING (out of competition)
  • Khumba | USA | Animation | Anthony Silverston 
SATURDAY, MAY 3 | 7 P.M. | FREDERICKSBURG THEATER COMPANY
 
 
PLEASE NOTE - our short film schedule will be announced March 27th.

FEATURE FILMS (in competition):

SHORT FILMS (in competition):

FEATURE FILMS – SPECIAL SCREENINGS (out of competition):

  • Bernie | USA | Drama | Richard Linklater
  • Khumba | USA | Animation | Anthony Silverston 

SHORT FILMS – SPECIAL SCREENINGS (out of competition):

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Programming a film festival hurts

Programming a film festival hurts. It does. In one click of a button, an acceptance email can make a filmmaker’s day or dash their dreams with a rejection notice. As a filmmaker, that rejection and pain has been a part of my life since the beginning of my career and I understand it all too well.  In fact, I’m dealing with it right now with my current short film.

In an ideal world, we would accept every film submitted to us, but that is just not a possibility. With over 300 films submitted this year and only 21 blocks available (shorts & features), we are limited to say the least.

In my many years of having my own films rejected by film festivals, I’ve come to learn that rejection is not always a reflection of my film being bad. In fact, there are a slew of reasons why film festivals pick what they pick. Just to give you an idea of what a programming team is faced with when figuring out a line-up, here’s a list of some of the things considered when evaluating each and every submission:

  • How is the quality of the production?
  • Does the film have a good story?
  • Does this film fit a certain genre?
  • Do we (as a film festival) have similar films submitted?
  • Is this film available already online?
  • Is there questionable content that needs to be addressed?
  • How would this play for our audience? Is this film marketable to our audience?
  • What is the running time? And will the film’s length fit in a specific block?
  • Would this film play well in the company of other accepted films?
  • Does the film inspire dialogue?
  • Is this a foreign or American film?
  • Does the film have any recognizable talent?
  • Has the film played at other festivals?
  • Does the film have distribution?

This list is just the beginning. Believe me, there are factors that spring up every year that may or may not qualify a film for a slot.

Here’s what I want to impart to all the filmmakers that have submitted to the Hill Country Film Festival: when we push play to watch your movie, we are crossing our fingers, holding our breath and cheering for your film to be the missing link to our programming puzzle. Film programming happens piece by piece and all the films accepted have a unique place in our schedule for specific reasons.  And although it’s a system that can never be perfect, we work hard to consider our audience and program the very best of independent filmmaking.  Every film is watched and discussed between at least two programmers, if not more. 

When a film isn’t accepted, please know that it doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for your film in the festival world. It just wasn’t compatible with our particular festival, in this particular season. With over 3,000 film festivals around the world, you will find a home for your movie. Please keep trying. Never give up.

Lastly, as a filmmaker who has experienced both acceptance and rejection, I hope that you are inspired to create and submit again and again. There is value in both. Win or lose, filmmakers gain strength in knowledge, persistence, and determination. It has made me a stronger filmmaker and definitely a more understanding one. Let’s hope that we never lose sight of why we make movies - because we love to make them, we have to make them, and we wouldn’t have it any other way, regardless of a festival rejection or acceptance email. Just keep making movies.

Chad Mathews | Executive Director

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