The 6th Annual Nacogdoches Film Festival is expanding to three days, Feb. 24-26 to include fun parties and more opportunities to meet with filmmakers and special guests.

 

A kick off reception Friday night will be held for all VIP ticket holders at the Charles Bright Visitor Center located in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Immediately following, guests will be shuttled by bus to the Lamp-Lite Playhouse where two films will be viewed and discussed. Film festival parties, beginning at 8 p.m. are open to the public and everyone is invited to join these festival venue partners for specials on imported beers and karaoke at Frogs Sports Bar & Grill or live music at Liberty Bell.

 

Saturday’s events will be hosted at Stephen F. Austin State University campus and the Cole Art Center downtown where festival attendees will watch short films and participate in panel discussions. Two-time Academy Award nominee Al Reinert will be featured as part of Saturday's lineup.

 

The fun continues into the night on Saturday at Holiday Inn Express with Party in the Pit. Patrons will meet with special film guests while enjoying a warm fire, live music, delicious dishes from Junk Food Junkies’ vintage airstream, and libations from Frogs full-service cash bar. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission will be free to all guests staying at Holiday Inn Express and VIP ticket holders. Other entrants will be asked to donate $5, which benefits the Nacogdoches Art Alliance.

 

Sunday the Film Festival will wrap up the weekend by featuring special guest star Amber Benson, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before the afternoon activities begin, Liberty Bell will have a champagne brunch or head to Frogs for Sunday funday with crawfish and beer by the pitcher.  

 

Overnight visitors attending the festival are encouraged to take advantage of exclusive packages available online to enjoy the jam-packed weekend of activities. The packages include overnight accommodations, all access VIP and movie passes, plus admission to the opening reception and Party in the Pit, which will include an event T-shirt, poster and entry into prize drawings.

 

"We're thrilled to offer more exciting after-hours and nightlife opportunities for film festival goers," said Joanna Temple, Nacogdoches CVB Director of Sales. "We hope that many film lovers will join us for the entire fun-filled weekend,” Temple said. 

 

For more information about the Nacogdoches Film Festival, including exclusive packages, visit www.VisitNacogdoches.org or contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888-564-7351.

 

The Nacogdoches Film Festival (Nacogdoches Art Alliance) is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to raise scholarship money for film students attending Stephen F. Austin State University, as well as to provide financial support for the SFA Film program’s annual Summer Feature Film project, where SFA students experience firsthand the making of a full length feature film.