All who participated this year brought incredible talent, vision, and hard work together, resulting in the seemingly casual occurrence of a world class film festival imbued with all the charm, intimacy, and sophistication that make Marfa such a special place. So many brilliant and vivacious personalities came together, and friendships were made. Thanks especially to our volunteers and sponsors, without whom the fest could never have happened at all.
• We presented over 50 films including features, shorts, and music videos in a variety of genres, with 17 and countries represented and over 40 filmmakers attending.
• CocoRosie twice perform an original live score to Sergei Parajanov’s 1968 masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates, once outside in the vast desert beyond marfa, once in Marfa’s state of the art Crowley Theater. Both shows = incredible.
• We had 2 Special screenings of Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood in Marfa and Alpine. Lead actor Ellar Coltrane, who spent twelve years making the film with Linklater, joined us for a Q&A.
• We celebrated the 4th of July with an advance screening of acclaimed French director Michel Gondry’s new film Mood Indigo, than we headed out to Marfa’s Vizcaino Park to dance to amazing live music and djs, all while sipping the finest tequila and enjoying the DIY firework extravaganza put on every year by Marfa locals.
• We screened films outdoors under the brilliant West Texas night sky, including Paolo Sorrentino’s undeniable modern classic La Grande Belleza and the world premiere of the visually entrancing psycho-sexual drama Buttercup Bill.
• This year for the first time MFF featured an interactive experimental arcade curated by Juegos Rancheros of ATX, where visitors hung out in tipis experiencing a diversity of games ranging in style from retro to cutting-edge, all designed especially for MFF around the “Space Cowboy” mythos!
Since 2007 the Marfa Film Festival has attracted talented filmmakers, international press, industry professionals, and attendees from around the world to a remote corner of far west Texas. Over 5 days we screen a diverse mix of features, shorts, music videos, and experimental works, including a full afternoon schedule followed each evening by drive-in style outdoor forgotten classics screenings under the stars, with special happenings and spaces throughout.
Our program celebrates innovation and excellence in film through highly selective curation and fostering a relaxed social space where up-and-coming filmmakers and adventurous cinephiles can mix with film veterans and living legends in a captivatingly scenic, culturally rich environment. We show films one-at-a-time, so attendees can enjoy the entire program with spare hours to relax and socialize in that unhurried “sun-drenched desert town at the end of the world” Marfa kind of way.
The remote landscape surrounding Marfa has witnessed a fascinating history of art and film which continues to unfold in 2014. Festival attendees enjoy an intimate get-away immersed in the unique culture, spectacular scenery, and clear air of the Marfa plateau.
Passes get you into all screenings, plus a commemorative badge, festival tote and program guidebook. Passes are available for pickup at our check-in desk in the Paisano Hotel ballroom.
Individual screening passes available on site for $15 each.
• All passes purchased with Bitcoin or MyriadCoin receive a 20% discount.
• Discounted Passes and Tickets available on site for Tri-County residents.
We accept Narratives, Documentaries, Animated Films, Music Videos, and Experimental Works of any genre, addressing any topic. Films must screen within defined runtimes, detailed in our submission guidelines. Marfa Film Festival places no restriction on an entry’s production date or premier status. We also welcome abandoned classics from decades past and never before seen indies.
Traveling to the Marfa Film Festival is an adventure in itself. Located in one of the most remote corners of the United States, you can arrive here by automobile, train, and private airplane. For specific information about how to make your way to Marfa click here.
We’ll also run a complimentary shuttle service to & from the neighboring town of Alpine (26 miles east) throughout the festival, with regular pickups and arrivals timed to coincide with film screenings, plus a late night return shuttle. A duplicate portion of our program will also screen in Alpine theaters, so we highly recommend booking there if accommodations in Marfa become scarce.
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