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Fredericksburg Welcomes the 2017 Hill Country Film Festival

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April 27 – 30th the Hills are alive as Fredericksburg welcomes the 2017 Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) highlighting the best filmmakers in Texas and around the world showcasing their creativity and amazing talents.

In its 8th year, the festival takes place in the heart of the Hill Country with screenings taking place at the recently remolded Fritztown Cinema movie theater.



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Created in 2010 to showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world, it soon evolved into a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a broader vision known as the Hill Country Film Society as shared by their website. Hosted by the Hill Country Film Society, the festival is just part of this umbrella of success.

“They provide year-round independent film programming in the Texas Hill Country as well as education in the art of independent film,” states their website. “Its mission is to encourage discovery through visual storytelling and create experiences that educate, inspire and engage. The society relies on its sponsors and members to help achieve its mission and ensure the future of film as part of a vibrant, creative culture.” For more information, visit

The Festival


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HCFF is the creative vision of its director Chad Mathews, an actor, screenwriter, producer and native Texan shares its website. Over the years filmmakers have come as far as New Orleans, San Francisco,  and New York among other places to showcase their work.

“The seventh annual festival held in 2016 showcased 89 films with seven percent of the films making their World premiere, 55 percent making their Texas premiere and 24 percent being Texas-made films,” shared their website.

This year’s lineup includes 102 films of which 96 are in competition. 31 Texas films, 17 feature films, 85 short films with 10 countries represented including Australia, Italy, Spain and Germany as shared on its web page. The complete lineup can be found on the festival website at

What to Expect


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Among the lineup of film offerings will be a wide array of genres ranging from dramas and comedies to dramedies and documentaries to animations. Various events surrounding the festival are set to take place throughout the city as well.

Film buffs can also expect hosted filmmaker Q&A/interviews, discussion panels, a filmmaker’s lounge, and festival parties shares its website. Additional festival news can be found on the HCFF Facebook page at Facebook/HillCountryFilmFestival and on Twitter

Don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of Fredericksburg and all its offerings in fine dining, shopping, vineyards, and more!