Hill Country Film Festival set to screen films on April 26-29

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Fifteen feature films and 73 short films will be screened during the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) in Fredericksburg, Thursday through Sunday, April 26-29, at Fritztown Cinema.

Along with the films representing nine countries, there will also be panel discussions, a closing night party and awards program and a send-off reception.

Once again, the festival will screen short films fully produced and directed by high school and college student filmmakers.

In addition, the festival will also showcase a competition with nine feature screenplay finalists and seven short screenplay finalists.

For the festival, all access badges, film passes and individual tickets are available.

Screenings begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Fritztown Cinema.

Also on Thursday, April 26, will be a Filmmaker Welcome Home Party, opening night documentary feature and feature film and an Opening Night Party at Ausländer Restaurant and Biergarten.

The film festival continues on Friday, April 27, with a 9 a.m. breakfast panel discussion presented by the Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Communication at the Fritztown Cinema.

The schedule continues with short and feature film screenings and includes a party on Friday night presented by the San Antonio Film Commission.

Saturday, April 28, begins with a 9 a.m. breakfast panel discussion presented by the TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication.

Features, documentaries and short films will be shown throughout the day and evening, culminating with the closing night party and awards.

On Sunday, April 29, activities include a sendoff at Pedernales Cellars.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hillcountryff.com.

The Hill Country Film Festival is the vision of its director Chad Mathews, an actor, screenwriter, producer and native Texan.

HCFF was created to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world and is annually presented by the Hill Country Film Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The Hill Country Film Festival, created in 2010 to celebrate and showcase filmmakers from Texas and around the world, evolved into a non-profit organization with a broader vision.

The Hill Country Film Society not only hosts the annual festival but provides year-round independent film programming in the Texas Hill Country as well as education in the art of independent film.

Its mission is to encourage discovery through visual storytelling and create experiences that educate, inspire and engage.