Filmmakers descend on Bryan
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 22:10
The Brazos Progressives will feature independent films at the 11th Annual Red Wasp Film Festival on Friday and Saturday in Bryan.
Red Wasp Film Festival chair, Krista May, said the submission guidelines were open to everyone, regardless of age or content. The festival will showcase independent films from local filmmakers as well as those across the state, country and world.
“We’ve had people as young as 14 submit something they’ve created and actors in films who are even younger and have attended Red Wasp to see themselves on screen,” May said. “We’ve accepted music videos, animation, documentaries, shorts and feature-length films of all sorts.”
Event judges selected 11 out of 29 entries to be screened at the film festival, some hailing all the way from Poland and France, May said. Filmmakers can earn awards in six different categories including Audience Favorite and Red Wasp Best. Gift certificates, bottles of wine, Red Wasp Festival T-shirts, posters and a trophy for Red Wasp Best award winner are all prizes to be won.
At the 2012 festival, “Enchiridion,” a surrealist vampire story, won the Independent Spirit Award. “Enchiridion” director Mark Beal, Class of 1989 and video producer for College Station City Hall, said he had a good experience at the festival.
“It’s a real fun experience and a good audience,” Beal said.
Beal said he appreciated the laid-back atmosphere of the Red Wasp festival.
“It’s a really good experience because it’s a very friendly audience and it’s a fun festival,” Beal said. “At some of the festivals I’ve been to, you go there expecting to be someone special because you’ve got a film there and you’re kind of ignored and are just sort of like one of the audience members. I went to one festival where they showed my film and I had to buy a ticket to get in to see it.”
Six films will be shown Nov. 1 and five on Nov. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the StageCenter Community Theatre.