Red Wasp Film Festival - 2020
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What's the BUZZ?

For the first time in Red Wasp history, we will be offering a special exclusive VIP event to all selected film makers! This event includes an opportunity to view the newly released documentary ‘Cowboys’ directed by Bud Force and John Langmore with Ultralite Films premiering at Austin’s Film Festival in October of 2019. You will also have a chance to check out historic downtown Bryan and interact with some of the locals.

The City of Bryan was originally a railroad town and has distinguished itself as a destination for vibrant art, great restaurants and distinctive shopping. Each street is lined with eclectic restaurants, shops, bars and art galleries that foster Downtown Bryan’s funky small town charm.

The Red Wasp Film Festival aims to bring high quality films from around the world to the Brazos Valley to increase film and film maker appreciation.


This event is currently in the planning stages! Keep an eye on this page for updates!

Why BCS?

We proudly screen at the Queen! The Queen Theatre was originally built in the late 1800's as a hotel in the heart of Downtown Bryan. The hotel began showing silent films on the ground level in the early 1900's. The name "Queen Theatre" was officially given to the building in 1914 and converted into a fully operational movie theater in 1939. The Queen has been recently renovated and restored to its original 1939 glory.

A little extra STING: B/CS boasts a broad range of quality attractions. Texas A&M University - home of the famous ‘Viz Lab’, trains students who often go on to careers at Pixar, Blue Sky, LucasFilm and DreamWorks. TAMU also offers galleries and museums -- as well as the Bonfire Memorial, horticulture gardens, and iconic Kyle Field.


In addition to Texas A&M, there are several museums throughout Aggieland, including the nationally recognized George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Museum of the American G.I, Brazos Valley African American Museum, which is one of only three in the state dedicated to African American heritage, and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.


Take the time to stop by the Messina Hof Winery and Resort, especially during the harvest season, visit the Tasting Room for a wonderful tour of the facility and a truly Texas wine-tasting experience.


BEE a part of something special here at Red Wasp Film Festival!

Red Wasp Film Festival History

The Red Wasp Film Festival began in 2003. Founders Carol and Craig Conlee first held the festival at 7F Lodge in Wellborn, TX. Originally, the festival was held outdoors during the springtime, and red wasps would frequently pester the guests. In an attempt to bring humor to the situation, the Conlee’s decided to name the festival after the pests, hence the name Red Wasp Film Festival. In 2006, the Brazos Progressives partnered with Carol and Craig, and the festival moved to downtown Bryan, TX.

In 2014, The Arts Council assumed management of the festival. Each year Red Wasp grows more popular and attracts larger crowds and more interesting and diverse films. The Arts Council continues to expand the festival so that many more film lovers will be able to enjoy artistic and innovative films in the Brazos Valley for many years to come!

Submit an entry

All film submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway Click here to submit
All films selected to be shown at the festival will receive two Producer passes at no charge.

There are two level of festival passes Producer and Director.
Producer passes are good both days of the festival and get you into all screenings and events including the opening night screening of Cowboys:A Documentary Portrait. There are a limited number of Producer passes available.
Director passes are good for the Sunday screenings only.
Purchase passes here.

Awards

Cash awards will be given for the following categories:

Best of Festival
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Texas Film
Audience Favorite

Award amounts will be determined after all film submissions have been received.


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