When is the Rockport Film Festival?

The Rockport Film Festival is always the first weekend in November, when Texas days are still warm but Texas nights are cool. It all kicks off with a Red Carpet Party the Thursday before the festival, and films screen all day Friday and Saturday.

In 2016, the festival will be November 3-5.

Where do film screenings take place?

Traditionally, the Thursday night Red Carpet Party and screening takes place at the Rockport Center for the Arts. The screening is held outside, under the Autumn moon, in the Sculpture Garden on the Rockport Harbor.

The screenings on Friday & Saturday take place at Rockport Cinema 4, our local theater, at 2702 Hwy 35 N.

What kind of films screen at the Rockport Film Festival?

 We have six categories of films:
1. Documentary Feature
2. Fiction Feature
3. Documentary Short
4. Fiction Short
5. Animated Short
6. Student Film

Five of the films will be full-length features. There will be four short film blocks, around 90 minutes long and consisting of roughly six-eight short films.

We showcase films from across the globe! Although it varies every year, in 2015, 30% of our films were international, 5% were from Texas, and the rest came from across the country.

Why does Rockport need a film festival?

Our goals are to enrich an audience already supportive of the arts by providing a window onto the world of independent cinema, and to encourage cultural tourism and economic impact by providing new and innovative event programming for our area. Being a community known for its mix of art and environment, we hope the Rockport Film Festival will reach audiences local, regional and statewide during what is typically an off-season for tourism in our community. These experiences—exposure to one-of-a-kind film programming, interaction and dialogue with filmmakers, and connecting the unique position of Rockport to the diverse world of filmmaking—have created a hidden gem that is poised to expand significantly with continued support.

What is independent film?

Independent films are typically made outside of the Hollywood studio system, which means they are privately financed projects that tend to be on a smaller budget scale.

How do I attend the festival? Where do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online through this website.
We recommend that you stay at the Lighthouse Inn, the official hotel of the Rockport Film Festival.
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How do I receive my tickets I have bought online?

Tickets and VIP passes that were purchased online can be picked up at the theater or at Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX. No tickets will be mailed.

What is there to do in Rockport?

There is so much! Whooping Crane Tours, fishing, art galleries. Check back soon to see a list of ideas.