The 2018 Hill Country Film Festival takes place this week in Fredericksburg. The boutique festival began in 2010 and has grown to include a film society, an indie screening series, and a film camp for teens. If you’re a film fan that’s been looking for an excuse to visit Fredericksburg, this is your weekend. HCFF’s All-Access badge is one of the best deals you’ll find on film festival badges; not only do you get access to excellent programming, but you’ll be visiting some of the city’s most popular venues and restaurants at the nightly parties.
Wednesday, April 25th—Film Affare
Executive Director Chad Mathews explains, “Film Affäre is our annual fundraiser that will be opening the 2018 festival on Wednesday. This event pairs food with film. This year’s emphasis is on the work of Jon Favreau.” Film Affare 2018 will be held at Hoffman Haus, with five courses prepared by Chef Wood of Otto’s German Bistro. Tickets are available here.
Thursday, April 26th
Catch the first short film programs of the festival or a family screening of THE GOONIES at Fritztown Cinema. HCFF is a great spot to catch indie film with Texas links, including Opening Night features, DANCE HALL DAYS and AN AMERICAN IN TEXAS. After screenings finish up, head over to one of Fredericksburg’s most popular restaurants, the Auslander Restaurant & Biergarten, for the Opening Night party.
Friday, April 27th
Your All-Access badge will get you admission into filmmaker panels, too. Friday kicks off with “Alchemy: Film as a Collaborative Art.” This is a great opportunity to hear directly from filmmakers who are actually screening their work at the festival; plus, all panels are sponsored by my alma mater—Texas Christian University—so, that’s a win-win. Friday night’s feature is THE UNICORN, which premiered at SXSW and completely sold out its screenings, so if you missed it in Austin, here’s your chance. West End Pizza Company will host the after party.
Saturday, April 28th
Saturday will be another good day for movies about Texas. DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS is another SXSW premiere making the trip to Fredericksburg. The closing night documentary feature is EVERY NIGHT’S A SATURDAY NIGHT: THE BOBBY KEYS STORY, about saxophonist Bobby Keys, a Texas native who began touring with Buddy Holly as a teenager. The Closing Night party will be held in the Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War, one of the Hill Country’s most famous landmarks.
Sunday, April 29th
Obviously, it’s not a weekend in Fredericksburg if you don’t visit a winery. Spend Sunday morning at Pedernales Cellars, where you’ll enjoy a wine, light refreshment, and a final panel discussion, along with a tour of the vineyard.