What to Expect: The 2015 Texas Independent Film Festival


Every year, we’re proud to support the Texas Independent Film Festival (formerly called Texas Film Festival and SWAMPFest Film Festival) in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University. TxIFF is going on Friday, April 10th through Saturday, April 11th at Rudder High School Performing Arts Center in Bryan, Texas. Each year this event showcases an incredible array of short films and features that carry through them an authentic spirit of independent filmmaking that you won’t see anywhere else. The festival is also entirely student-run, impressive in its own feat.

The festival got its start in 1993 with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee as the keynote speaker. The festival at that time was run by MSC Film Society (now MSC Aggie Cinema) and grew over the years until it ended its initial run in 2005, at which point the university’s film festival duties were taken over by Aggie SWAMP Club with SWAMPFest Film Festival until 2010 when it merged into the former/now resurrected Texas Film Festival. And then a couple years later “Independent” was added into the title to better reflect the spirit of the annual event. We’ve had numerous short films screened in previous years, including Powerpoint, The Walker, Dee’s Final Fling, and Carnivores (winner of Audience Choice in 2014).

The director of the festival this year is Malcolm Harrison, Class of 2015, and we’re sure to be in for a treat. The special guest of the festival is Texas filmmaker Ya’ke Smith, who directed the 2012 feature WOLF, which screened at SXSW Film Festival. His films have screened and won awards at over 80 national and international film festivals, garnering a Director’s Guild of America Student Award, an HBO Short film Award, a Student Academy Award Nomination and a Black Reel Award, among others. Widely regarded as one of this generation’s next film directors to watch, Ya’Ke has made a name for himself as a filmmaker with a veracious style of storytelling that takes an unflinching look at issues facing today’s society. His new short film, dawn. is screening in the second short films block on Friday night. Check out the website for his productions- Exodus Filmworks.


Below is the Schedule of Events for Texas Independent Film Festival 2015:


DAY ONE: Friday, April 10

7:00 PM – Shorts Block 1

The Bounty Hunter


No Man’s Land


The Clean Sneak

Look Behind You


8:30 PM – Introduction of Mr. Ya’ke Smith

8:45 PM – Shorts Block 2


Katrina’s Son

One Hitta Quitta

9:25 PM – Q&A with Ya’ke Smith

Discussion of dawn., One Hitta Quitta, and Katrina’s Son


DAY TWO: Saturday, April 11

2:00 PM – Feature: Wild in the Streets

3:00 PM – Workshop 1 – Crowdfunding
4:30 PM – Workshop 2  with Ya’ke Smith (Directing your Actors)
6:00 PM – Dinner Break
7:00 PM – Feature: Sweethearts of the Gridiron
8:30 PM – Shorts Block 3

Nico’s Sampaguita

The Uncanny Valley


Night Noise

Making Up

An Arm and a Leg

My Hero

From 5 to 1


10:00 PM – Awards & Closing Remarks



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