Film Festival coming to Runnels County

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register
Runnels County will have the first film festival in the history of the county. The 2022 Runnels County Film Festival will be April 29 and 30 at the Winters Community Center.

It's official. Runnels County will have a new festival in 2022. The Runnels County Film Festival will be held in Winters on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30.

Organizers say that the festival will feature a film competition, where filmmakers will submit 15-20 minute films to the festival to be judged by a panel of critics from various areas of film and media. There will be a critics' award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Additionally, there will be awards for the top 3 in the fan favorite category. One film will be selected as the overall grand prize. 1st place in both categories will include prize money.

The Runnels County Film Festival will be held on April 29 and 30 in 2022. A movie was filmed in Runnels County in 2019. The movie, "Country Club," was written and directed by Shane Bradford, and produced by George C. Romero.

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Jeff Smith of KRUN radio is one of the organizers of the festival. He said that bringing something like this to Runnels County is a breath of fresh air, "This is completely unique for our county. It's never been done before, and it's an exciting time for us. We set it up 6-months out so that we, and our partners, would have time to set it up and do it right. We didn't want to rush it."

The Runnels County Film Festival will be held on April 29 and 30 in 2022. A movie was filmed in Runnels County in 2019. The movie, "Country Club," was written and directed by Shane Bradford, and produced by George C. Romero.

Winters was selected as the location for the festival since the town has been on an economic upturn recently. Earlier this year the Welcome to Winters group of business owners took things into their own hands to breathe their own breath of fresh air into the economy. Their Main Street Market Days have been a resounding success, "This was the main reason we selected Winters. They are doing an incredible job," Smith said.

The festival will have vendor booths and is offering sponsorships. In a unique move, with KRUN being a partner, sponsorships also include recognition on the film festival's commercials on the radio station over the next 6 months. Sponsorships also include the sponsor's name on the banner as well as on the t-shirts that will be sold at the festival. T-shirts are included in the sponsorship packages, as well as VIP tickets to the festival. Sponsors will also receive gift bags of items from local businesses and vendors, "We want to not only bring people to our festival, we want to bring business to Winters," Smith commented.

As for the film competition, filmmakers will pay an entry fee of $20 for the contest. On the Monday before the festival filmmakers will be emailed (or can pick up) the assigned genre for their movie. The categories will range from drama to mystery, romance, etc. The filmmakers will have until noon on Friday April 29 to turn in (or email) their movies to the festival organizers. The prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The organizers are currently looking at possible locations to host an after-party once the festival is wrapped up.

The Runnels County Film Festival will be held on April 29 and 30 in 2022. A movie was filmed in Runnels County in 2019. The movie, "Country Club," was written and directed by Shane Bradford, and produced by George C. Romero.

Smith said that less than a week after announcing the festival on the KRUN in the Morning with Jeff and Bill Show people have already been contacting KRUN and other organizers about being part of the festival, "We've been contacted by businesses, amateur filmmakers, production companies, film schools, universities, photographers, talent agencies, and others who want to be vendors and sponsors."

Organizers said that motivation came in part from writer/director Shane Bradford, "They filmed a horror movie out here in 2019. The movie is named 'Country Club. He's a great guy." The trailer for the movie will be showed at the Cult Classic Convention in Bastrop from February 26-27, 2022. There are plans to film a sequel in Runnels County, "Shane came out here and used everywhere from the Ballinger Inn to Horny Toad Brewery, as well as a ranch in Paint Rock and locations in Water Valley. Shane and his actors and crew really treated everyone well and are great folks. We're looking forward to them filming another movie out here."

The Runnels County Film Festival looks to the advent of independent filmmakers for inspiration, but isn't limiting the movies to amateurs, "If we get enough sponsors and attention, we might have an amateur and a professional category. We really want to showcase everyone, from directors to writers to producers to actors, professional and amateur alike."

The festival organizers are also looking into having live music during the event, as well as a red carpet, "We have an official photographer for the event. Jason Gore of GorePhotos.com is going to be out there taking photos. We might even have a red carpet. At this point, we're looking at all possibilities," Smith added.

If you'd like more information on the Runnels County Film Festival, you can email info@RunnelsCountyFilmFestival.com, or you can call 325-977-9707 or 325-276-0994. There is also a Runnels County Film Festival page on Facebook.