Flatland Film Festival 2020

From Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

LHUCA announced its official program selections for the 17th annual Flatland Film Festival taking place September 24-26, 2020 in partnership with Texas Tech Public Media. Flatland brings together film enthusiasts, filmmakers, directors, and producers to enjoy the best of cinema in Lubbock and the South Plains. This year, festival’s celebration of filmmaking excellence will take place both in-person and virtually.

The Flatland Film Festival will screen feature and short films representing multiple genres along with special filmmaker panels. Kicking off the festival’s program on Thursday, September 24 is a red carpet for filmmakers and guests prior to an in-person screening of The Education of Shelby Knox on the LHUCA Plaza. A talkback with Shelby Knox will follow the screening.

Virtual streaming for the festival will also begin Thursday with 90 minutes of short films followed by the feature film, Adam. Friday’s virtual program will feature another 90-minute selection of short films. An Almost Ordinary Summer and What Doesn’t Kill Us are the two feature selections for Friday. Saturday’s virtual programming will include two 90-minute short film blocks. The festival will conclude with the feature My Blood is Red and a panel discussion on topics concerning indigenous communities.

At the heart of the Flatland Film Festival are the short film screenings. Viewers will be encouraged to vote for the Audience Choice Short Film Award which features a cash award for the winner. A discussion with a number of the short filmmakers will also be available for viewers to access.

Festival pass holders will receive links and passwords via email to access that days programming. Films will be available to view for 72 hours. Festival “goers” will also receive access to content that includes filmmaker interviews and panel discussions.

The Flatland Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors including Texas Tech Public Media, GriffinWink, TTU School of Art, and Texas Commission on the Arts. More information about festival tickets, programming, and screening schedule can be found here.