The entries to Glen Rose’s first film festival are flowing in from all over the world, making the inaugural event an international affair.
So far about 30 films have been submitted to the Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival, which runs from August 26 to 29. Entries have come from Texas and all over the United States, and also from Canada, Australia, Spain and India.
The festival’s unusual name derives from neo, meaning “new,” and relics — artifacts from the past. Its logo — a dinosaur skeleton encased in the nuclear symbol — reflects Glen Rose’s history that goes back to the time of the dinosaurs and its present and future as the home of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
The festival’s unique concept is to showcase shorts and features from around the world that illustrate “the passage of time, generations, growth, renewal — where we have been and where we are going,” said Ben Wilbanks, the festival’s creative director.
“If you can apply the concept of Neo-Relix to your film, then you should submit your film, no matter the genre,” he added.
The festival accepts narrative features, documentary features, short films and welcomes experimental films and trailers. A short documentary or narrative generally is under 40 minutes in running length.
The early bird deadline, April 30, which offered discounted entry fees, has passed. The regular deadline is May 30 and the “drop dead” deadline is June 30.
The entry fee for the regular deadline is $20 for features, narratives and documentaries and $15 for shorts and student films. The fee goes up to $25 and $20, respectively, for entries postmarked by June 30. The submission form and guidelines are available at www.grnrff.org.
The organization also is looking for volunteers interested in film to help with the festival.
Wilbanks, 32, is no stranger to Glen Rose. He’s originally from Cleburne and appeared in the passion play The Promise.
“It was my first job. I was 16,” Wilbanks recalled.
From 2002 to 2004 he had the opportunity to step into an administrative role at The Promise.
“I was the catch-all,” Wilbanks said. “It was do-everything work.”
He’s been in the movie business from a young age and started making films in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades. Wilbanks also managed the audio tours for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth from 2000 to 200. He’s worked as a grip — someone who maintains and operates production equipment on a film set — and wrote some videos and commercials in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.
But Wilbanks decided he liked directing better than acting.
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