SAN ANGELO, TX — San Angelo will inaugurate its film festival in person this year. Organizers are calling this October's event the second annual San Angelo Revolution Film Festival but for 2021, it will not be virtual, instead an in-person, two-day event. This city was recognized in 2018 by the State of Texas as a film friendly community. The film festival is organized to highlight that status.
In 2019, the San Angelo Conventions and Tourism Bureau recruited an Austin film festival organizer to expand his concept westward with San Angelo as its hub. Covid-19 interrupted the momentum and organizers are determined to regain traction on the annual event this year.
“As a reminder from our announcement in 2020, after attaining the Texas Film Friendly Designation in 2018, we approached James Christopher, Director of the Austin Revolution Film Festival, www.austinrevolution.com. We wanted to bring Texas movie directors and producers to San Angelo for a tour to showcase our community as film friendly. From that conversation, James suggested hosting a film festival. Several conversations later, the San Angelo Revolution Film Festival was born. We are fortunate to be able to utilize the existing Revolution name.”
In 2020, the 1st San Angelo Revolution Film Festival was scheduled to take place on April 17-18, 2020. Sadly, the event was unable to happen due to Covid. However, the film submissions were voted on and an on-line award’s ceremony took place, and the films and performers were honored.
Breaking Brokenness Clip - When Hell Breaks Loose by Cedric Thomas Smith, the San Antonio filmmaker who won best filmmaker in the 2020 San Angelo Revolution Film Festival.
Fast forward to 2021 and the San Angelo Revolution Film Festival will take place in-person on October 14-16 at the Brooks & Bates Theatre in San Angelo Performing Arts Center and the Murphey Hall City Auditorium at City Hall.
“While our first annual event was not able to take place in person in 2020 but we did name the winners, we will be showcasing those films on Thursday, October 14, and this year’s selections will run October 15-16. Technically, it will be our 2nd annual festival but the first live festival, so we know it will be a terrific event highlighting film, film makers, and film actors and actresses. We are excited about it," Bayes said.
Christopher has been managing the submissions for the 2021 festival.
"Currently, Austin Revolution Film Festival (ARFF) is the top reviewed film festival on Film Freeway and part of Movie Maker Magazines Top 50," he said
Unfortunately, Christopher was unable to have his Austin event this year so he will instead focus on the success of San Angelo’s festival.
"What we'll bring to San Angelo is a slate of films made very much in the spirit of Texas: films made with grit, sweat and determination made in the face of an industry that doesn't want outsiders making movies. It's a true indie film revolution and we're excited to bring those films to beautiful San Angelo and help grow that indie film community there,” he said.
The San Angelo Revolution planners are seeking sponsorships and volunteers for the fall event. If you are interested in more information, contact Diann Bayes at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, (325) 655-4136. Follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit the website, www.sanangelorevolution.com for additional information and updates.