Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Celebration of silver screen talent returns
Anthony Pedone has done it again. The Victoria TX Independent Film Festival is back for a second year, and we are excited to see what new talent he plans to bring to our area.
This year, the festival will feature almost 60 films, including feature-length and short films, as well as live music, recording sessions, artists and more. This wide array of offerings is amazing and we look forward to seeing the variety of talent and passion on display.
Venues across downtown Victoria are taking part in the festival, including the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, the Golden Gecko, the Nave Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum, the Texas Zoo and the Victoria Fine Arts Center. The festival also features "Cinema Under the Stars" every night in downtown Victoria, which is free of charge, but donations will be accepted.
The festival begins Thursday and ends Sunday, when awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m. in the Welder Center. Films in the Welder Center will cost $10 while events at the Golden Gecko, the Children's Discovery Museum and the Texas Zoo cost $5 each, and events at the Fine Arts Center cost $5 per family. If movie-goers want to attend multiple features, they can purchase a $125 wristband, which gives access to all of the films and events.
We are impressed with the planned growth of this year's festival over last year's events. In the first year, the festival brought in about 14 films, but this year, the number has almost four times that with more than 50 films. Bands are coming from as far away as France, and a German artist will be creating graffiti art during the festival as well.
With such a dramatic increase in content, we hope there will also be an increase in participation. This festival is an amazingly diverse celebration of creativity through film, and we encourage residents to take this chance to view some independent films they will not be able to see in a more mainstream venue. We also appreciate this festival's emphasis on the downtown Victoria area. This showcases the resources of downtown, and it is exciting to see people attending this festival and exploring the area at the same time.
We applaud Anthony Pedone and the other organizers and sponsors who make this festival possible. Thank you for bringing this creativity and talent to Victoria for residents to enjoy. We hope this festival is even more successful than the first.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.