Winners honored as curtain closes on 2nd film fest (Video)
April 7, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
Two thumbs up -- that's all Anne Frances had to give at the close of the second annual Victoria TX Independent Film Festival on Sunday night.
"I was happily surprised to see it nearly double in size," the 51-year-old said about this year's showing.
Frances, of Austin, attended the first festival, which she said was well attended, but this year has shown that the addition of music, arts and more films has brought more Victoria independent film-goers out of the woodwork.
Her brother, Eric Gomez, 42, of Victoria, was only able to attend two Sunday movies and the award ceremony Sunday night but was surprised about how many people were there.
"It's good for downtown," said Gomez. "I like that it's helping the economy."
Brea Guettner, who was part of the film festival both years, helped create the smartphone app for the festival.
She said she was happy with the apps, but even more happy with the exposure the Victoria underground arts, film and music industries have received.
"Victoria needs this," said Guettner. "If for nothing other than to inspire people. We have a lot of local talent, and we have no venue or outlet. This brings them together."
Boris Castro, one of the filmmakers for the biking documentary "Breakin' L.A.," was excited to see a good show of people for the social ride through historic downtown.
To him, the film festival isn't just for indie film or music junkies. It helps make changes in the community.
"It really motivates people," said Castro, who also served as a juror. "There has been talk about bike lanes."
For now, he'll be heading back to Hamburg, Germany, but hopes to be back next year.
"It was something special," he said. "It has something for everybody."