The Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Film Festivals
3. Houston Indian Film Festival
The Good Road, winner of the Houston Indian Film Festival 2013's Best Feature Film Jury Award
The Houston Indian Film Festival, now in its seventh year, is headed by film producer Sutapa Ghosh . Under her direction the festival has grown by leaps and bounds, attracting more and more high-profile filmmakers and actors. The festival features, yes, the usual Bollywood extravaganzas, but also includes lots of other genres, including documentaries.
The next Indian Film Festival of Houston is scheduled for October 10 to October 12, 2014.
2. Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival
Actor Brandon Smith is among the past guests at the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival
We like the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival for its humble, down home attitude (the festival must have a "no divas allowed" rule) and for the variety of categories, from feature length documentaries to animated shorts, foreign language features to art/experimental shorts. The festival also has student projects and music video categories.
There were plenty of Texas filmmakers among last year's winners, but the student project winner came from Madison, Wisconsin and the best short winner was from Brewster, New York.
Submissions for the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, set for September, 2014, are currently being accepted.
1. Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Bastian Günther's Houston, screened at a previous Houston Cinema Arts Festival
We can thank former Mayor Bill White and arts philanthropist and former trial attorney Franci Crane for the stellar Houston Cinema Arts Festival - the two were the initial forces behind what became the Houston Cinema Arts Society, which produces the annual festival. With a focus on films about the arts and artists, HCAF has brought in dozens of celebrities and cinema greats such as Isabella Rossellini, Tilda Swinton, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Redford. The 2014 festival, sure to be another blockbuster, is set for November 12 to 16.