HCFF promotes movies, town


After traveling around America to various film festivals with films he’d produced, a question emerged in Chad Mathews’ mind.

“I always wondered why Fredericksburg didn’t have a film festival,” said Mathews, whose parents and grandparents are from here. “I enjoyed the towns with cool audiences and nice settings and always thought Fredericksburg should have a festival.”

It began in 2010 with a festival spanning two days with approximately 40 films.

Mathews, executive director of the film festival, gathered up the filmmakers he knew until he had enough for at least one film festival.

From there, the Hill County Film Festival has grown and is now in its eighth year.

“It’s a film festival created by filmmakers who care about film and want to support filmmakers,” said Mathews. “Fredericksburg is attractive to filmmakers and to moviegoers.”

“The filmmakers know about Austin, but I think they like going outside the urban community into smaller towns like this,” he said. “And Fredericksburg sells itself.”

This year’s festival featured nine narrative feature films, five documentary feature films, more than 50 narrative short films, nine documentary short films, showcase feature and short films (out of competition).

The event also featured five finalists for both feature and short screenplays.

The festival is growing, Mathews said, evidenced by the crowds and number of sellouts.


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