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Schedule


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Full Schedule


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To purchase tickets, find the film program you want to attend and click the TICKETS button. All-Access VIP Passes available here.

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Thursday


Thursday

Thursday


Thursday

11:30 am, Thursday - Art Meets World 

Music, literature, even technology... Magic happens when art gets out into the world.

Shorts Block 1

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"    


2:30 pm, Thursday - Choices

There are never easy answers... these short films remind us how difficult decisions can change lives.

Shorts Block 2

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"


4:30 pm, Thursday - Lone Star Shorts

Get a peek at unique lives and everyday struggles in our first round of films from across the Republic of Texas

Shorts Block 3

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"


6:30 pm, Thursday - Opening Night Reception 

Join us on the red carpet to celebrate the opening of the film festival. Meet the filmmakers and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Must present festival pass or film tickets


8:00 pm, Thursday - Opening Night Feature Film

 

Feature Film 1

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "G"

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"INTO THE WHO KNOWS!"

Family Film

Ten year old Thomas has a best friend: Felix the Fox. But his parents want him to make “real friends”, so they send him to summer camp. He hates it. After a midnight escape, Thomas and Felix find themselves deep in the forest of the Who Knows, where they pursue a mythical being called the Totem and decide to catch it.

This feature film is accompanied by these local high school made short films:


10:30 pm, Thursday -  After Party

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Actors, writers and directors, oh my! Buy a drink for those new filmmaking friends you just made. (Complementary drink tickets available for Filmmakers and VIP passholders)

Location: Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop, 708 Austin Ave.  

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Friday


Friday

Friday


Friday

Educational Panel 1

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Pass-holders only

10:30 am, Friday - Virtual Reality Analysis

Experience an award winning VR film created by the Baylor University FDM Department, view the behind the scenes documentary, and engage in a discussion with those filmmakers on the challenges and best practices for VR filmmaking.


11:00 am, Friday - War Stories

Exploring the soldier’s journey on the battlefield and beyond.

Shorts Block 4

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"


1:00 pm, Friday - Texas Two Step

Get a second helping of zany comedies and sincere stories in these great short films from Texas. 

Shorts Block 5

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "PG-13"


1:30 pm, Friday -  Lies

Someone is not telling the truth. These films explore the consequences of little white lies and serious dark deceptions.

Shorts Block 6

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"


3:00 pm, Friday - Grace

Love, marriage, ethics and beliefs...these stories push the envelope and challenge the status quo with dignity and strength. 

Shorts Block 7

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "R" Adult Situations / Nudity / Graphic Scenes


3:30 pm, Friday - This is Me

Who am I? Let's explore our family ties, relationships and the unique qualities that make an identity.

Shorts Block 8

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG"


5:30 pm, Friday - Anything Could Happen

Twists, turns and surprises galore!  Expect the unexpected with these adventurous short films.

Shorts Block 9

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG-13"


5:30 pm, Friday - Strangest Things

It's okay to stare. . . feast your eyes on this collection of well crafted oddities

 

Shorts Block 10

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "R" Adult Situations / Nudity / Graphic Scenes


7:30 pm, Friday -  Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Wrong turns that end up either crazy funny or crazy insane.

Short Film Block 11

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "R" Adult Situations / Graphic Scenes


8:00 pm, Friday - Feature Film

 

Feature Film 2

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: TBA

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"AMANDA AND JACK GO GLAMPING"

Romantic Comedy

With their marriage on the rocks, Jack (David Arquette) and Amanda (Amy Acker) go “glamping” to reignite their spark. With the arrival of honeymooners and a hunky landowner, Jack must dive into an exploration of love, failure… and donkeys.

Director Brandon Dickerson will be in attendance. 


10:00 pm, Friday -  After Party

Mix and mingle as we play Cards against Cinemanity! (our original movie-themed game) 

Location: the Waco Hippodrome restaurant

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Saturday


Saturday

Saturday


Saturday

10:00 am, Saturday - Family Friendly Films

Imagination runs wild in films that will entertain both kids and parents!

Short Film Block 12

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "G"


10:00 am, Saturday - Love Lost and Found

From first kisses to final goodbyes, you’ll find the love here.

Short Film Block 13

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "PG"


10:00 am, Saturday - Waco Locations Tour 

This is a free tour of Waco film locations, conducted by the Waco Film Commission. Due to limited space, this is an invitation only, separately ticketed event. Location scouts are invited to sign up! Deadline is March 16, or whenever spaces are filled. Tour is from 10am – 1pm and includes a free lunch. Filmmakers, please sign up with the link below. If you are a film location scout and did not receive an invitation, interested in attending, please follow the link below for details and to sign up for the tour.

 

Click below for more info, or to sign up:

 https://wacoheartoftexas.com/film/film-industry-familiarization-tour/

Educational Session 2

Location: Heritage Square (3rd St & Austin Ave)

Pass-holders only


12:30 pm, Saturday - Matinee Feature Film

Feature Film 3

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG"

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"MONSOON"

Drama

In the hot desert monsoon season of Arizona, two best friends have trouble letting go of each other after a tragedy rips them apart.

Director Miguel Duran will be in attendance.


12:30 pm, Saturday - University Film Professors Panel

"Future Filmmakers" panel discussion with professors from Texas universities.

Panelists include: Dr. Dustin Hahn, TCU • Chris Hansen, Baylor • Bart Weiss, UT-Arlington

Educational Session 3

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Pass-holders priority seating

General public if space available


1:30 pm, Saturday -  University Student Showcase

Discover the filmmakers of tomorrow!  This selection of short films, chosen by 4 Texas Universities represent their respective film programs.

Short Film Block 14

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "PG-13"


3:00 pm, Saturday - Thicker Than Water

When family gets real.

Short Film Block 15

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "PG"


3:30 pm, Saturday - You and Me

No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be. 

Short Film Block 16

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "R" Adult Situations


5:00 pm, Saturday - Documentary Featurette

Feature Film 4

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "G"

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"REMIXING THE NEWS"

Documentary

“Remixing the News” features work by Texas artists, including the Jones Collection’s moving image curator Jeremy Spracklen and former SMU art faculty member Michael Morris. Culled from over 100 hours of 16mm footage from the Jones Collection’s own WFAA Newsfilm archive, these shorts reappropriate, recontextualize and deconstruct media images of the 1960s and 1970s, as a way to not only understand the radical cultural and historical shifts of this tumultuous era, but also to spotlight how the media processes and presents these changes, for better or worse.


6:00 pm, Saturday - Future Men

We're not raising boys, we are raising future men. 

Shorts Block 17

Location: Cultivate 7Twelve

Rated: "R" Adult Situations / Graphic Scenes


6:30 pm, Saturday - Closing Night Feature Film

Feature Film 5

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "R" Adult Situations / Nudity / Graphic Scenes

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"AN AMERICAN IN TEXAS"

Drama

An angry, crackling and defiantly disordered underclass of nowheresville punk- rock kids, see their band Surgeon General’s Warning (SGW) as their ticket out of small town Texas, as 1990 comes to a close. The band drops acid, plays gigs and carries out calculated acts of vandalism around town to the television soundtrack of 24-hour newscasts about Operation Desert Storm and devotion to country at any cost. Faced with the reality of a dead end job at the plastic plant, a life in the oil field, or fighting a war that has no meaning to them, the group's chaos and imminent adulthood leaves them completely vulnerable for what ensues.

Director Anthony Pedone will be in attendance.


9:00 pm, Saturday - Awards 

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Join us at the Hippodrome as we recognize the award winning films of the Deep in the Heart Film Festival.

Champagne reception to follow at Cultivate 7Twelve.  

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Sunday


Sunday

Sunday


Sunday

10:30 am, Sunday - "Directing Your First Feature Film"

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What does it take to craft a feature-length story?  Join our feature film directors for a catered brunch as we  talk about their experiences on set, and discuss some advice on making your first feature film.

Panelists include: Micah Barber, Brandon Dickerson, Miguel Duran and Anthony Pedone

Educational Session 5

Location: Waco Escape Rooms

711 Washington Ave.

Pass-holders only


2:00 pm, Sunday - Encore Screening

Some of the best short films of the fest return in one amazing screening block.  This is one block you do not want to miss!

Please note: This block has been pushed back one hour to 2:00 pm.

Short Film Block 18

Location: Waco Hippodrome

Rated: "R"

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VIP & PACKS


VIP & Ticket Packs

VIP & PACKS


VIP & Ticket Packs

VIP & Ticket Packs

It's the Premiere Film Event in Central Texas. See it in style!

VIP Passes get you into everything.  Ticket Six-Packs give you a discount for going to multiple shows.  

VIP - ALL ACCESS PASS - $100

Get the A-list treatment with access to all film screenings, educational sessions, receptions and after-parties. Plus, you receive a free festival t-shirt and swag bag. (First come, first served). The best value for the full festival experience.

TICKET SIX-PACK - $32

Perfect for the film-lover who wants to catch a few shows. This six-pack of individual tickets can be used in any combination for any of the film screenings. One person for 6 programs, two people for 3 film programs… you get the idea.