STXIFF to feature all aspects of filmmaking over four days

More than 50 pictures from 12 different countries will be showcased at the South Texas International Film Festival.

Beginning Wednesday Sept. 5 and concluding Saturday Sept. 8 the fourth installment of the festival will include showcases at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Cinemark Movie Bistro and the Edinburg Conference Center.

The Films

“Tejano,” is a feature film by director David Blue Garcia shows the extreme measures a man goes through to save a family member. “El Rosario,” is a short film starring valley native JT Campos from the television series “Queen of the South” and shows a new take of a classic folk tale. Award-winning director Rodrigo Moreno will also have “Ramona” presented. All three titles were shot in the Rio Grande Valley.

Another picture unveiled by the official selection committee was Brian Maurer's “In The Wake of Ire.” The feature film tells the story of a man reunited with his estranged daughter after 20 years. “Red Tape,” an animated short film by David St. Clair sketches a story of a man who is mislabeled as an animal and goes through a series of events. More than 18 films fall under the Shorts category. Other shorts include “Cowboy's Heart,” the story about fame, love and country music; “The Promise,” an Australian film about a military serviceman's struggle with post traumatic stress disorder.

The festival is also celebrating its second annual Student Film Award. This category was implemented to allow aspiring student filmmakers to showcase their talent. This year “Schizophrenia” and “Run Away” were written, directed and produced by high school students.


Panel Discussions

Topics for the festival will include Women in Film, Documentary Film Panel and Feature Filmmakers in Competition.

Women in Film was created in an effort to support gender equality within the industry and to energize aspiring female filmmakers. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Linda Belau, Film Studies Program Director at UTRGV. Belau has numerous literary publications on the subject. The panel will also dissect important topics for women in business, shine a light on their struggles and celebrate their achievements.

Six women from the film industry will sit on the panel including Lynda de la Vina, a Ford Educational Excellence Award recipient and one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States; Rannes Mann of Hong Kong, Director and producer Laura Lilia Torres and filmmakers Dulce Navar and Alicia Villarreal.

The Documentary Film Panel will feature local filmmaker Mario DeLeon that will discuss the impact documentaries have and the importance of having an accurate representation. A total of six speakers will present on this panel including Charlie Vela and Ronnie Garza from the documentary “As I Walk Through the Valley.”

The Feature Filmmakers in Competition panel will be a platform where participating filmmakers will share their knowledge and experiences with film. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the film industry. Moderated by director Rodrigo Moreno, participating filmmakers are invited to discuss their endeavors and lessons learned throughout the development and production stages of their projects.



Friday Sept. 7 the festival will feature four workshops with topics including an Acting Workshop with Valente Rodriguez, a stunt workshop with “Queen of the South” JT Campos, Make it Happen! Business of ShowBiz with Kerry Valderrama and a Cinematic Special Effects Makeup with SyFy Faceoff Champion Matt Valentine. A fee of $10 will be charged for the makeup workshop.

Saturday Sept. 8 the festival will conclude with an award ceremony hosted by Valente Rodriguez and television personality Maria Imelda Perez. Tickets for the award ceremony are $60 and can be purchased at