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 Event the Thursday before the festival, and films screen all day Friday and Saturday.
In 2019, the festival will be October 31 - November 3.

Where do film screenings take place?

The Thursday night Red Carpet Event and screening is held outside, under the Autumn moon. The 2019 location is Heritage Place, 412 Live Oak Street.

The screenings on Friday & Saturday will be at the Aransas County Airport - 421 John D Wendell Road.

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 six to eight short films.

We showcase films from across the globe! Although it varies every year, in 2017, 30% of our films are international, 30% 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?

There are three types of ticket: Single Film Block, Red Carpet Party, and VIP Passes.

  1. Single Film Block Tickets are $5 each and grant entry to one feature film or short film block. These tickets can be bought at the Aransas County Airport, starting 45 minutes before a film screening.

  2. Red Carpet Party are $75 and grant entry to both the Red Carpet Party and opening night screening on October 31. These tickets can be bought online at https://www.rockportartcenter.com/film-festival#tickets, in person at Rockport Center for the Arts (106 S. Austin Street), over the phone (call us at 361-729-5519), or at the entrance to the Red Carpet Party. Please note, there are no physical ticket s- we will have your name on a guest list at the door.

  3. VIP Passes are $100 and grant entry to all events and screenings of the Rockport Film Festival ($125 value). At regular screenings, priority access is given to VIP Pass-holders. These passes can be bought online at https://www.rockportartcenter.com/film-festival#tickets, in person at Rockport Center for the Arts (106 S. Austin Street), over the phone (call us at 361-729-5519), or at the entrance to the Red Carpet Party.

How do I receive my tickets I have bought online?

This year, we will have no physical Red Carpet Event tickets. We will have a guest list at the door, so be sure to give us the names of your guests. VIP passes can be picked up at three locations:

  1. October 19-31, Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM at Rockport Center for the Arts, 106 S. Austin Street, Rockport, TX

  2. October 31, 5:30 - 7 PM at Heritage Place, 412 N Live Oak, Rockport, TX

  3. November 1 -3, 11:30 AM - 10 PM at Aransas County Airport, 421 John D Wendell Road, Rockport, TX

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.