Wrapping up fall events & preparing for a new year - TFC Newsletter, November 2018
IN THIS EDITION
- Community Engagement
- FFTX Workshop in Denton
- Texas Film Round-Up in Waco
- TFC Internship Opportunities
- Industry News Round-Up
Photo Credit: AFF / Alysse Mazakian
Celebrating 25 Years of the Austin Film Festival
With 20 made-in-Texas films premiering this year, Austin Film Festival had no shortage of Texas ties as it celebrated 25 years. Each Texas screening had archival footage provided by our friends at Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), and TFC Staff hosted Q&A’s and panels throughout the festival, including the 'Made in Texas' panel outside the Paramount. Thank You to AFF for continuing to honor filmmaking in the Lone Star State.
Film 101 Workshop in South Padre
On November 17, we traveled to the CineSol Film Festival in South Padre Island where we hosted the Film Commission 101 Workshop alongside the Houston Film Commission and South Padre Island CVB where festival attendees and the general public learned about the variety of services and initiatives we offer - both locally and statewide. Thank you to the CineSol Film Festival for inviting us to participate. What a great turnout from the local RGV community!
We partnered with the Austin Film Society to present a screening of Texas-made Thunder Road. The self-distributed feature premiered at AFS Cinema, which continues to celebrate Texas filmmakers and connect Austin and Texas to the wider film community.
San Marcos Film Locations Workshop
On October 16, we participated in a discussion with the San Marcos community on the benefits of having a business or property used as a filming location. That same day, the Greater San Marcos Partnership released an economic impact study from productions that have visited the Film Friendly Texas (FFTX) certified community. Thank you to the San Marcos community for joining us and exemplifying what it means to be FFTX certified.
Photo Credit: Houston Cinema Arts Society
Virtual Reality in Houston
Virtual Reality continues to make its way to worldwide film and media festivals. This year, we attended the 10th annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival as they embraced the growing technologies of Virtual Reality with “360 Cinema: A Collective Virtual Reality Experience.” Festival attendees and the Houston public explored new worlds of experimental storytelling, immersive dance, and 360 artworks - all with a headset, headphones and swivel chair.
Photo Credit: TXMPA / Tricky-Kid.com
2018 Impact Awards at Southfork Ranch
Southfork Ranch is visited by tens of thousands from around the world each year & on October 13, the TXMPA Impact Awards honored the entire Texas moving image industry - including the iconic series Dallas, which created the tourist behemoth that hosted the awards. Other honorees included small business and video game/animation recognition, plus the Community Impact Award to Houston-based Sculpting With Time Productions for their short film Harvey's Heroes.
Photo Credit: AICP Southwest
AICP Showcase in Dallas
Each year, the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) recognizes the outstanding achievements of advertising and marketing work, providing a space for the local industry to come together in Dallas for a celebration of great work. AICP also announced that their AICP Gives initiative is expanding to Dallas this year with the national initiative of goodwill.
Photo Credit: Daily Sun / Michael Kormos
Industry News Round-Up
- Virtual reality device sparks fading memories for Central Texas elderly group fighting dementia
- Corsicana Mayor presents Key to the City to filmmaker
- Rooster Teeth Raises $1.4 Million for Charity
- Dallas Mavericks debut augmented reality mural in the heart of Downtown Dallas [produced by Dallas-based Groove Jones]
- McKinney Game Developer Playful Corp. Raises $5M in Venture Round
- A film produced in Paris, Texas, has been rediscovered and digitally restored
- How [Texas-based] Owlchemy's new virtual reality game turns vacationing into another job robots take from humans
- Robert Rodriguez, Vice Media to Target Hispanic Audience With [Austin-based] Creative Agency La Reyna
- Mike And The Moonpies Contribute “Can’t Run Out On Me” To New [Made-in-Texas] Film Texas Cotton
- 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines returning to TV with a new Discovery network