Six years ago, a small group of film buffs from the Nacogdoches community got together for the express purpose of celebrating films made by, or about, Texans. While we’re mostly a mix of doctors, lawyers, college professors, business people and retirees who share a common passion for movies, a few of us even have actually have a lot of experience in the film industry. These include Brad Maule, Joe Lansdale and Inga Meier, whom you’ll meet in this video.

Helping develop the next generation of filmmakers is a very important part of the Nacogdoches Film Festival, and you can become a part of it, if you'd like, and help us out. There are several options you can do: you can become one of the sponsors of the film festival itself and help the scholarship fund.

Or you can buy an all-access VIP Pass to the film festival and attend all of the parties, meet our film industry guests and just come and watch movies with us. But any way that you help, it helps a film student at SFA, and it helps our film program grow bigger and bring film to East Texas.

Our film festival for 2017 is February 24th, 25th and 26th, right here in Nacogdoches. We hope you'll join us.


Al Reinert featured guest at Nacogdoches Film Festival

December 8, 2016—Two films that earned Academy Award nominations for screenwriter and director Al Reinert will be featured as part of Saturday's lineup Feb. 25 at the Nacogdoches Film Festival.

The documentary film, For All Mankind, by two-time Academy Award nominee and Texas A&M graduate Al Reinert will be shown Saturday evening on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Director Ron Howard later hired Reinert to write the screenplay for his then-upcoming film project Apollo 13, which earned an Oscar nomination.

In preparation for making the documentary, Reinert watched more than six million feet of footage shot during the Apollo mission and picked out the best. Rather than being a newsy, fact-filled documentary, Reinert focuses on the human aspects of the space flights. The only voices heard in the film are the voices of the astronauts and mission control, and Reinert uses the astronauts' own words from interviews and from the mission footage. Levie Isaacks, A.S.C., the cinematographer for the widely-acclaimed documentary film, will also be in attendance. Following the screening of the film, there will be a Q&A session with Reinert and Isaacks.

Saturday night will continue with the manned spaceflight theme with the showing of the Academy Award winning film, Apollo 13. Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit; however, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts survival and their safe return to Earth. Reinert and dolly grip Jeff "Moose" Howery will have a Q&A session after the Apollo 13 showing on the SFA campus.

Saturday is packed with a wide variety of stimulating activities for film aficionados. At 10 a.m. the best entries from the short film competition will be shown at the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. On the SFA campus, a series of panel discussions on various aspects of filmmaking will be presented throughout the day featuring film industry professionals sharing their insights and expertise. Typically, topics such as cinematography, acting, editing techniques, documentary filmmaking, legal issues, how to get your story to the screen and how to make a short film on a budget will be included. Each session will have a moderator and will be open for questions from the audience.

The best short film entries will be shown at the Upstage Theater in the SFA College of Fine Arts building while the top ten entries in the high school short film category will be shown at the theater in the Film Program building. The activities for the high school film attendees will also include a guided tour of the SFA Film Programs.

Saturday afternoon will culminate with a formal awards ceremony for the winners of the Short Film, Feature Film and the High School competitions. Winners of the three film competitions will be notified by Feb. 12.

The 6th annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017. For more information, final lineup and tickets, visit

Contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau for travel accommodations at 888-564-7351.