Escape the Madness of Fiesta with a Trip to the Hill Country Film Festival

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If Fiesta’s onslaught of cascarones, confetti, medal swapping and sloshing beer makes you want to run for the hills, the Hill Country Film Festival might be just what the doctor ordered. Launched in 2010 with a mission to “encourage discovery through visual storytelling,” the four-day gathering brings a thoughtful array of independent films and panel discussions to the heart of the Hill Country. Comprising nearly 90 shorts and features from the U.S., Canada, Spain, Germany, Australia and beyond, the program plays out at the delightfully old-school Fritztown Cinema (which thankfully serves up Texas brews and wine) and wraps each evening with parties around town. Although ideal for a quick day trip, HFF also makes for an excellent excuse to cozy up in one of Fredericksburg’s 300-plus bed and breakfast options. Check out the trailers below to get a sense of this year’s selections. $10 per film, $200 for a festival pass, Thu-Sun, Fritztown Cinema, 2254 S. Hwy. 87, Fredericksburg, (866) 224-7714, hillcountryff.com.

As Far as the Eye Can See screens at 7pm on Thu, Apr. 27

Almost Paris screens at noon on Fri, Apr. 28

Floating Horses screens at 1:45pm on Sat, Apr. 29


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