Our History

The Nacogdoches Film Festival traces its origins back to 2011, when a small group of individuals from throughout the Nacogdoches community got together for the express purpose of celebrating films made by, or about, Texans.

Our very first film festival was held in April 2012 at the Hotel Fredonia in downtown Nacogdoches and has been held every year since then, shifting to a February timeslot back in 2014 in order to work around scheduling conflicts with the Texas National art competition and exposition. The upcoming 2017 Nacogdoches Film Festival will be our sixth annual event.

An important element of the Film Festival has been the Short Film competition, in which hundreds of filmmakers have submitted entries through our FilmFreeway portal. Beginning in 2017, we are adding two additional competition categories: one for Independent Feature Films and one for UIL/High School for budding high school filmmakers.

While focusing our attention primarily on emerging filmmakers, we have had our share of well-known guests, such as George R.R. Martin (author of the Game of Thrones series) and Charlaine Harris (author of the True Blood series).