The eighth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held on February 21-23, 2019 at the historic Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, Texas.

VIP All-Access Passes are available for purchase now and enable the bearer to have access to all events associated with the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival.

The following is the schedule of events for the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival as of today. Please note that the appearance of certain industry guests is subject to change should unforeseen circumstances dictate.

Following the showing of each film, there will be a brief question and answer period featuring individual(s) who participated in the making of that particular film.



Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • FILM PROGRAM — "Behind the Scenes of SFA's Film Program," presented by award-winning director (and SFA graduate) Derek Wayne Johnson, SFA Film Program faculty member Peyton Paulette, and Film Program founder Bill Arscott — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 6:00 p.m.
  • FILM Less, the winner for 2019 NacFilmFest DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM competition, directed by Isabelle Levent. NOTE:  preceded by awards ceremony — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 7:00 p.m.
  • FILM Desert Shores, the winner for 2019 NacFilmFest FEATURE FILM competition, directed by Michael Stevantoni.NOTE: preceded by awards ceremony — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 7:30 p.m.
  • Informal After-Party (cash bar) — (Fredonia Hotel/Nine Flags Bar) — 9:00 p.m.


Friday, February 22, 2019

  • SHORT FILMS (Short Film showings) — the very best of the submissions in the 2019 Short Film Competition (Fredonia Hotel/Rusk Room) — 12:00 p.m.
  • PANEL SESSIONS (Three Industry Panel Sessions) — (Fredonia Hotel/Rusk Room) — 2:00 p.m.
  • VIP RECEPTION (VIP All-Access Pass required) — (Nacogdoches Visitors Center, 200 East Main St., downtown Nacogdoches) — 5 p.m.
  • FILM The Porcelains, winner of 2019 NacFilmFest SHORT FILM competition, directed by Jacob SizemoreNOTE: preceded by awards ceremony — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 7:00 p.m.
  • FILM PROGRAM "A Lifetime in Comedy," a retrospective look at the life and career of award-winning comedienne and national treasure, Texas' own Ruth Buzzi, emceed by our very own Brad Maule — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 7:30 p.m.
  • FILM — "Tejano," an award-winning film by emerging filmmaker (and UT film school graduate) director David Blue Garcia — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 9:00 p.m.
  • Informal After Party (cash bar) — (Fredonia Hotel/Nine Flags Bar) — 10:45 p.m.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILMS (H.S. Short Film competition showings) — the very best of the submissions in the 2019 H.S. Short Film Competition — (Cole Art Center, 329 East Main, downtown Nacogdoches) — 10:15 a.m.
  • SHORT FILMS (Short Film competition showings) — the very best of the submissions in the 2019 Short Film Competition — (Fredonia Hotel/Rusk Room) — 12:00 p.m.
  • PANEL SESSIONS (Two Industry Panel Sessions) — (Fredonia Hotel/Rusk Room) — 2:00 p.m.
  • FILM "Sons of Thunder," a new television series premiering on Pureflix.com in 2019 produced by veteran actor Michael Kruger, starring East Texas actor Randal Reeder and written by Garrison, Texas-native Amos Elseth — (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 4:00 p.m.
  • ARSCOTT INTERVIEW SERIES — This year's theme will be Three Generations of SFA Filmmakers, as we present an informal interview with award-winning documentary film director and SFA graduate Derek Wayne Johnson and producer (and SFA graduate) Chris May, in a format similar to James Lipton's iconic "Inside the Actor's Studio"). Longtime Hollywood actor, SFA graduate and current SFA faculty member Brad Maule will conduct the interview, named in honor of SFA Film Program Founder Bill Arscott(Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 6:30 p.m.
  • FILM — "John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs," an award-winning documentary directed by Derek Wayne Johnson— (Fredonia Hotel/Banita Room) — 7:30 p.m.
  • Informal After Party (cash bar) — (Fredonia Hotel/Nine Flags Bar) — 9:00 p.m.

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VIP All-Access Pass holders will receive priority seating at all events during the 2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival. VIP All-Access Passes are now available for purchase on Eventbrite.

One-Day Passes will be available for purchase online beginning February 1, 2019, but ONLY IF seating is available.

2019 Nacogdoches Film Festival