Film Festival 101
Film Festival 101
What you need to know to attend Waco's Premiere Independent Film Festival
March 28-31, 2019
First, these are not artsy-fartsy films. Don't worry about "getting it". We've selected films that we find meaningful. Stories that most everyone can relate to. So get ready to laugh, cry or even scream, because these movies are made to connect with audiences.
We're bringing some of the best indie films to Central Texas.
You'll get to:
See movies you won't see anywhere else
Meet and talk with attending directors, actors, writers and filmmakers
Walk the red carpet at the historic Hippodrome
Learn more about the filmmaking industry and craft
Everyone! Anyone who likes movies will find something to enjoy at the festival.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
You can dip your toe in, and just watch one movie. Or you can dive in, buy a pass, see everything and attend every party. Our suggestion: Check out the schedule - we’re building it now, but it should be live by Feb 22. There's a description for each program. See what interests you. We're sure something that will entertain you.
Yes. There are two ways to attend the festival:
VIP - ALL ACCESS Passes: These get you into every film, party, and educational session. It's the A-list way to attend the festival
Individual tickets: A single general admission ticket to a feature film or short film program. (You can also buy a pack of six tickets for the price of four. Check out the Ticket Six-Pack)
It's all in downtown Waco at these cool venues...
These terrific indie flicks are similar to your traditional movie going experience (check out the schedule for more details on each film).
But the short film programs are where it gets really interesting. . .
Think of it as a movie mix-tape. We've brought together independent short films from around the world, designed a theme, and have hand-crafted a playlist for you. In many of these programs, you'll get a taste of different types of films: drama, comedy, documentary, etc.
Each block is about 90 minutes and will take you all around the world without leaving your seat. A new story begins about every 10 minutes, so you’ll experience slices of life from many different angles.
Feel free to applaud after every film in the program, but please stay for the entire block of films. At the end of the program the lights will come up, we'll have a Q&A with attending filmmakers, then everyone will exit as we reset for the next program of films.
The Waco Hippodrome is a film lover's dream. Equipped with a full service kitchen, bar and waitstaff, movie-goers can eat, drink and watch a show, all while sitting in the theater's recently renovated seats. In addition, audiences can check out paintings, sculptures and works from local artists in the Hippodrome lobby. This century old gem may have started as a vaudeville theater, but it's evolved into a Waco cultural hot spot.
724 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701
Cultivate 7Twelve is new to Waco and the film festival. More than an art gallery, its a hub of Waco culture as it’s expressed through art, good, food and drink. Just two doors down from the Hippodrome, its centralized and convenient to both filmmakers and movie-goers. It will be our destination for panels and parties.
712 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701
Waco Winery is a true locally owned and run vineyard and tasting room. Sit under the stars on the rooftop patio (complete with a view of the Silos) or relax in the lounge overlooking Austin Avenue! Both spaces are a great, relaxed place to unwind and enjoy fine Texas wines. Their vineyards are located just a few miles outside of Waco.
708 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701
What is an escape room? Waco Escape Rooms custom builds rooms around a story or theme and invites you to test your wits against the challenging clues, perplexing puzzles, and maddening mysteries embedded in the rooms. Be warned, you might get addicted to the thrill of the hunt!
711 Washington Avenue, Waco TX 76701
Our sincerest appreciation to our wonderful sponsors! Their dedication to the arts and our community enables us to serve both filmmakers and film lovers! Please support them as they support us.
The arts are vital to the culture of our central Texas community. The Deep in the Heart Film Festival welcomes working with any organization that shares interest in growing the arts and local filmmaking. Contact email@example.com for more information on becoming a sponsor.
The Deep in the Heart Film Festival is the capstone event of the Heart of Texas Film Society. We seek to promote independent film throughout Central Texas. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
To make a donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love making movies? Love watching movies? Love helping your cultural community?
Here's what volunteer positions we're looking for right now:
Social Media Ambassador
Work with the Deep in the Heart social media coordinator
Promote festival events and screenings
Publicize "day-of" and "on-site" activities
Must apply for this position. Email us: email@example.com
Greet our guests
Distribute filmmaker and VIP passes & swag bags.
Check Filmmaker & VIP badges,
Distribute and collect voting ballots.
Set-up and take down
Help move tables and or chairs
Set up Red Carpet area
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/YfvrqaN
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Volunteering with the film festival is a great way to help out, build your resume, and meet other artists and filmmakers. Plus:
Volunteers who work 1 shift (either at the Registration table or as an Usher) will receive a t-shirt.
Volunteers who work 2 shifts (either at the Registration table or as an Usher) will receive a t-shirt and 4 individual tickets.
Volunteers who work 3 shifts (either at the Registration table or as an Usher) will receive a t-shirt and 1 VIP-All Access Pass, which includes all films, classes, and the after-parties.
Questions? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Behind the Scenes of the Small Texas City and its Burgeoning Film Festival (MovieMaker Magazine, January 10, 2019)
Deep in the Heart film fest: Stories come first (Waco Tribune-Herald, March 23, 2018)
Mark your calendars for the Deep in the Heart Film Festival (KXXV, March 19, 2018)
Deep in the Heart Film Festival (The Wacoans Podcast, March 3, 2018)
Having a Drink With Louis Hunter & Samuel Thomas (Wacoan Magazine, March 2018)
Doing it RIGHT the first time (Father-Daughter Film Report, July 17, 2017)
Arts: Film Festivals show movies' artistic sides (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 22, 2017)
Waco Film Festival successful in its debut (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 20, 2017)
Waco: Film Festival wraps up (KWTX, February 19, 2017)
Movie alert: "Jackie," Film Fest openings (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 17, 2017)
Deep In The Heart Film Festival makes its debut (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 16, 2017)
Deep in the Heart Film Festival kicks off Thursday (KXXV, February 16, 2017)
Deep in the Heart Film Festival on the Morning Buzz (KWTX, February 16, 2017)
Creative Waco to award $120,000 in arts matching grants (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 14, 2017)
Deep in the Heart Film Fest makes Waco debut (Waco Tribune-Herald, February 11, 2017)
Like Movies? This festival is for you. It's that simple. (DowntownWacoTX.com, February 3, 2017)
Local Film Festival Looks to Create Community through Storytelling (KWBU, January 24, 2017)
Arts 2017: Waco’s cultural lineup in film, art, stage, music (Waco Tribune-Herald, January 5, 2017)
Waco-made “Blur Circle,” “The Tenor” among Waco film fest picks (Waco Tribune-Herald, December 21, 2016)
An interview with Festival Directors Samuel Z.P. Thomas and Louis Hunter (Movie-Blogger.com, November 9, 2016)
Deep in the Heart Film Festival expands Waco’s movie scene (Baylor Lariat, September 15, 2016)
Film Entries Pour In for First Deep in the Heart Film Festival (Hometown News, August, 2016)
Film and video production duo announces plans for film festival in Waco. (Waco Tribune-Herald, July 9, 2016)
February 13, 2016 | Mayor, City to Be Recognized by Texas Film Commission at Deep in the Heart Film Festival Press Release
December 13, 2016 | Deep in the Heart Film Festival Announces Opening Feature, Panel Lineup Press Release
July 1, 2016 | Official "Open for Entries" Press Release
Send press inquiries to Samuel Thomas info[at]deepintheheartff.com.
Film festivals are a great cultural event that's not only entertaining, but artistic. Let us tell you more in Festival 101.
There's long been an interest in filmmaking and great films in central Texas. We want to show Waco the great stories out there and the wide and fantastic world of filmmaking.
Waco is also a seedbed of artistic talent and a home for working artists, including media professionals and filmmakers. Many of today's industry leaders came from the Waco area and Baylor's Film and Digital Media Program.
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
We love and accept all film genres: comedy, drama, horror, thriller, documentary, animation. We want a story that grabs hold of us and won’t let go.
This year we will accept feature, short and student film submissions. Our audiences will see great independent feature and short films from Texas and around the world. Look our for the schedule in February 2019.
Submission info is here. This includes our rules as well as links to our FilmFreeway and Withoutabox portals.
The Deep in the Heart Film Festival is proudly located in Waco, Texas. Our films screen at the Waco Hippodrome: 724 Austin Ave, Waco TX 76701.
There are several great hotels in the downtown Waco and surrounding areas. If you are traveling from out of town, please email us and we may be able to provide you a discounted rate at our festival hotel.
You can buy tickets and check out the schedule in February of 2019.
YES! This is an event in our community and for our community. We would love to have your talents and time. Read more about the type of things we might be looking for and how to sign up in our volunteer section. Bonus: get free stuff!
We welcome writers, journalists, and new media! We have press passes available to qualified media. Email us at media[at]deepintheheartff[dot]com for more information.
We thought you might come up with some good questions. Read the full festival rules here, and if you don't see the answer there, reach out...
Send us an email! email@example.com.