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#1 rposhard


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:14 PM

San Antonio, Texas - USA
June 18 to 24, 2012

In the Spotlight this week is the 18th Annual SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (SAFILM), celebrating the DIY spirit by showcasing the best in independent cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences, visiting filmmakers, and key industry insiders in San Antonio, Texas. Regarded as a highly-anticipated cultural event, SAFILM offers priceless opportunities to filmmakers, garners extensive media attention, and is championed by community leaders for its diverse and exciting program.

Already one of the largest festivals in South Texas, this seven-day event has become renowned for uncovering cinematic treasures every year with an amazing lineup of 100% DIY shorts and features, with a keen eye for the idiosyncratic, the unique, and the untold. SAFILM aims to nurture, foster, and develop independent filmmakers of all ages and offers an array of opportunities to showcase films to diverse audiences, including film enthusiasts, local and national media, professional film critics, and radio and television station representatives.

Filmmakers and enthusiasts alike describe the SAFILM experience as intimate and inviting, and the energy level as electric, uplifting, and inspirational. Alum Chris Brown recently explained the influence of SAFILM on the success of his film: "Without the early and passionate support of the San Antonio Film Festival, FANNY, ANNIE & DANNY may never have enjoyed the success that it's had. The whole SAFILM team couldn't have been kinder or more welcoming. They made us feel like family from the moment we arrived."

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San Antonio Film Festival is an accessible and inclusive platform for cinema artists that brings cinematic culture to a diverse audience and showcases films from around the world while educating and encouraging emerging filmmakers of all ages.

SAFILM offers a "micro-platform" release to appreciative audiences made up of both industry players and film fans who will undoubtedly spread the word and increase interest in the films presented. The Festival program receives attention from many film distributors and programmers from festival circuit mainstays around the world, making it a respected showcase vehicle for emerging film artists and their works.

All invited filmmakers receive festival passes with access to special workshops and some filmmakers may additionally be offered complimentary lodging and transportation. San Antonio offers visitors a vibrant community and is known as the cultural hub of South Texas just an hour south of Austin. Area highlights include the highly acclaimed Riverwalk, a tree-lined canal that borders countless restaurants, bars, music clubs, and art galleries. The city is home to world-renowned visual artists and several museums with amazing contemporary art exhibits as well as private collections that can only be seen in San Antonio this season.

SAFILM offers a myriad of activities for every taste, and gives attendees the chance to catch first-run indies in the heart of Texas. Join in the fun at a one-of-a-kind film celebration…submit your film to the San Antonio Film Festival today!

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