CROWDS INCREASE 13% VERSUS 2015, WITH TWO SOLD OUT FEATURE LENGTH FILMS.
The 10th Annual Rockport Film Festival began with a fantastic Red Carpet Party on the grounds of the 1867 RH Wood House, one of the oldest homes in Rockport. Over 300 people attended the evening screening of Honky Tonk Heaven - a 25% increase in attendance as compared to 2015. Party-goers enjoyed terrific food, libations and live music under the stars. Many local film buffs touted the event as “the best party ever in Rockport.” Part of the evening’s magic was the beautiful grounds of the house located in Downtown Rockport.
Over 40 long and short films were featured over the course of three days. Two screenings sold out the theater with a 163 seat capacity. The festival had record attendance - a total of 1,454 people attended screenings and events tied to the festival experience. That is a 13% increase in overall attendance as compared to last year. Filmmaker presence was huge- 100% larger than last year, with over 20 filmmakers from different parts of the country visiting Rockport for the very first time.
This year’s festival brand touched more people than ever; 93% of people reached were outside of Rockport. And 75% were from 70 miles outside of Rockport. The event received extensive media coverage: live appearances on television and radio; public service announcements on radio and television; featured online content; and more. Feature news articles were published in the Victoria Advocate, the Rockport Pilot, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, & The Bend Magazine.
Since its inception in 2007, the Rockport Film Festival has grown steadily every year. Yet it remains the intimate and grassroots festival it was at the start- uniting filmmakers and film-lovers as only this festival can. Corporate level support and sponsors also grew. The event is a joint partnership between the Rockport Center for the Arts and the Rockport Rotary. Proceeds benefit programs for both organizations.
The festival’s Creative and Event Director, Elena Rodriguez states “The Rockport Film Festival is a proponent of the power of storytelling in film and the importance of the visual arts. I look forward to making the film enthusiasts’ experience even better in 2017.”