Reel East Texas Film Festival was launched in 2017 in Kilgore, Texas, and continues to invest in our filmmakers and in our community.MORE
YEAR 4 | NOV. 12-15, 2020
Filmmaker or film fan, head toward
downtown for four days of activity in the Texan Theater and Kilgore’s Old Post Office.
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Year 4 is ahead! We’ll see you Nov. 12-15, 2020, in Kilgore, Texas.
Reel East Texas Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing independent filmmakers.
Located in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods, Kilgore is unlike any other town in Texas. Its wildcatter spirit and workman mindset is ideally suited for independent filmmakers, and Kilgore’s signature skyline, authentic downtown and tall pine trees make for a picturesque Texas backdrop. The city’s Main Street and Historic District is home to the iconic Texas landmark Texan theater, where all films are screened. Beyond downtown, Kilgore offers a cultural and learning experience with the Texas Museum of Radio & Broadcasting, the East Texas Oil Museum and the Rangerette Showcase.
City events, parties, mixers and other custom-tailored activities make the Reel East Texas Film Festival a can’t miss for all filmmakers.
A festival hosted by filmmakers for filmmakers, RETFF loves great films, and bringing together audience, filmmaker and film industry representatives in celebration of artistic and independent spirit.
Working with our visiting filmmakers and dedicated community members,
RETFF aims to make lasting contributions not only to the film industry but to our home.
ongoing activity in the Texan Theater and the Old Post Office, continuing to improve both facilities for more and larger public and private events. When both venues are in full operation and self-sufficient, attention will shift to the revitalization of the Crim Theater. Through coordination with City of Kilgore, Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation and other partners, we aim more traffic and support that will be used exclusively on renovations and future improvements.
tourism to Kilgore by way of filmmakers attending the festival, paired with Kilgore Historic Preservation Foundation’s annual derrick lighting, an evening unique to Kilgore, a charming way to welcome vistors. RETFF includes events for filmmakers and guests, keeping them occupied for multiple days with a wide variety of industry-oriented and entertaining diversions. RETFF culminate with a Saturday night celebration before Sunday’s farewell brunch and awards ceremony.
a film industry in Kilgore and East Texas. The film festival will continue working with the City of Kilgore, Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders to create filmmakerfriendly incentives and make use of the Texas Film Friendly status Kilgore holds from the Texas Film Commission. RETFF, in association with Overton Films, will agree to produce the winning screenplay of the annual film festival with the agreement the winning screenplay will be produced in Kilgore.
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Here’s What Our Filmmakers Have to Say…
They really care about the experience of the filmmakers and it shows. There was a swanky filmmaker lounge fit with a bar and local artwork, and lots of opportunities for chatting and networking. The programming was great and really dynamic.”
Filmmaker Lucy Owen
Reel East Texas is one of the best festivals I’ve attended and I never would have guessed it was the first year. The people were amazing and the whole town came out to embrace the festival. From the amazing lounge and screening room to the tour of the town by the mayor and publisher of the newspaper we felt welcomed by all. I hope to attend future years festivals and see what they can do…”
Filmmaker Michael Charron
“I can see why this festival has such a life. The small town of Kilgore has a great deal of character, and really gets behind this jewel of a festival.”
Filmmaker Chris Heath
Things That are Important to Us
Moving forward, reaching out and giving back, Reel East Texas Film Festival wants to have a positive impact on our communities in Kilgore, in the state, in the worldwide film industry and elsewhere.
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Meet Our Team
Chip hale has been actively involved in independent film for 15 years, from feature to short films – documentary and narrative – to web series, music videos and commercials. At an early age Chip developed a love for movies and it was that love that led him to Los Angeles in 2001. Hale’s feature directorial debut came in 2007 with Mulligans, but his follow up feature film Sweethearts of the Gridiron (2015) received regional critical acclaim and went on to become a multi-award winning film at home and abroad.
Steve Shirey has been a volunteer since his high school days in his hometown and has participated in the recent renovations and event operation at the Texan, but also the Kilgore Art & History Museum, facilitating the agreement and hanging of the works of Kilgore artist, the late Mr. Bill Phinnie.has participated in the recent renovations and event operation at the Texan, but also the Kilgore Art & History Museum, facilitating the agreement and hanging of the works of Kilgore artist, the late Mr. Bill Phinnie.
James Draper is an East Texas native who works as Editor of the Kilgore News Herald in addition to projects with KNH Marketing, Overton Films and numerous community organization. Through his work with the Kilgore News Herald, KilGogh, Overton Films, Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation and, now, Reel East Texas Film Festival, he’s enjoyed every opportunity to contribute a small part to the community’s ongoing revitalization of the Texan Theater, Old Post Office and, someday, the Crim Theater.
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