After a two year break, the acclaimed Marfa Film Festival has finally announced its return to the film festival circuit.
Set for June of 2013, the destination festival will once again set up shop in the town of Marfa, which in recent years, has become an established art oasis in the West Texas desert. Filmmakers, industry professionals, press and attendees from across the globe are expected to arrive in the tumbleweed-ridden spot in Presidio County, launching a five-day film celebration on ranches and warehouses scattered throughout the town.
Marfa's festival has been compared to the early scene in Sundance and Telluride, and called "the best little festival." One of the first screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" took place at the 2008 festival; a fitting location since the movie was shot in Marfa as well. That year's festival also played host to the first-ever public performance of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and later the world premiere of Grace Woodroofe’s cover of Bowie’s “Quicksand,” directed by the late Heath Ledger.
The 2013 iteration will continue the festival's M.O. of showcasing up-and-coming filmmakers alongside seasoned movie vets, with no awards in sight. The unique fest has already opened its doors for film submissions, and early bird passes are out now. Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming madness in Marfa.
The Marfa Film Festival will be held June 26th -- June 30th, 2013. Submissions to the festival will be accepted until March 17th, 2013.