Q&A session with George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, during the 2015 Film Festival.

Educational Platforms

Educational Mission of Nacogdoches Film Festival

The annual Nacogdoches Film Festival is our signature event, but it is not the only thing we do to help young filmmakers achieve their aspirations.


An important part of our mission is to help develop and nurture the future of film making in all media platforms. Providing learning opportunities for young and budding filmmakers is at the core of who we are and what we do.

We are currently living in "The Age of the Image" and students of film are not just about Hollywood and show business — they are also learning a valuable communication tool for the future.

We provide scholarships to film students, as well as financial assistance to the annual SFA Summer Feature Film production. The SFA Film Program has been producing talented professionals for the past 33 years and one of our goals is to help the program continue to grow.

In addition to financial contributions, we feature film industry panels during the annual film festival, coordinate expert film industry guests for SFA film program classes, and, beginning with the 2017 Festival, we will provide opportunities for high school filmmakers to showcase their work.


SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year, using money earned at our annual film festival and other fundraising activities, it is our goal to award $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester for two semesters) to a number of film students at Stephen F. Austin State University.


The exact number of scholarships awarded each year will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Nacogdoches Art Alliance, dependent upon money available as of April 1 of each year.

 
SUMMER FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION

Every summer, the SFASU Film Program produces a feature length film made by students from throughout the College of Fine Arts. This provides these students will an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in all aspects of actually making a full-length feature film.


Following a lengthy post-production period, the film will be debuted, with appropriate fanfare, at the annual Nacogdoches Film Festival.

Each year, using money earned at our annual film festival and other fundraising activities, it is our goal to provide a generous donation to help offset the cost of producing this film.


The exact amount of money awarded each year will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Nacogdoches Art Alliance, dependent upon money available as of April 1 of each year.
 


FILM INDUSTRY PANELS
Every year, the Nacogdoches Film Festival brings to town a number of talented and accomplidhed individuals who make their living in the film industry. As part of the festival’s program, we offer several (generally 5-7) one-hour panel discussions — on Friday and Saturday — featuring knowledgeable film industry professionals.

The subject matter for these panels covers a wide-range of topics, such as making a short film on a budget, acting for film, cinematography, legal issues, editing techniques, documentary film making, and getting your screenplay to the screen. Each panel will have a designated moderator and questions from the audience are encouraged.

These panel discussions are free to college and high school students.

 
GUEST SPEAKERS

Every year, the Nacogdoches Film Festival brings to town a number of talented individuals who make their living in the film industry. Depending upon arrival and other travel issues, we try to arrange for at least of couple of visiting film industry guests to speak to student classes — on Friday — at the Film Program building.

Once again, this gives film students another opportunity to learn from talented individuals who were “in their shoes” back 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, who have been successful in making a living in the film industry.


HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKERS
This is a relatively new program we launched last year in an effort to reach young kids in their mid-teens to help nurture and encourage their dreams of making films. Our goal is to provide high school filmmakers with an additional avenue to showcase their talents.

The top ten high school short films, as determined by our judges, will be shown during the 2018 Nacogdoches Film Festival on Saturday afternoon.

First, 2nd and 3rd Place awards will be handed out in a formal ceremony, with up to seven other selected high school films receiving certificates of Honorable Mention.

An important part of our mission is to help develop and nurture the future of film making in all media platforms. Providing learning opportunities for young and budding filmmakers is at the core of who were are and what we do.

2017 Scholarship Presentation (from left to right) Brad Maule, Bill Arscott, Calvin Henson, Jr., Amanda Campbell, and Ron Johnson.