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San Antonio Film Festival In Full Swing

Susan Ranjel
Adam Rocha

San Antonio's biggest film festival is well underway. Its director is  Teacher/Film Maker/Entrepreneur Adam Rocha.

"This is a full throttle film festival. We're being recognized worldwide."

This is the 22nd time that Rocha has cranked up the San Antonio Film Festival machine.   

"There are 145 films from around the world, 29 San Antonio Film Makers.  We have Hell or High Water. That's their very first world premier and we're very excited by that." 

It features world premieres, and behind the scenes conversations with everyone from tech crews to the stars of film. And they've got instructional stuff for those looking to hone their skills.

"We have panels--two on Friday. And they're free and open to the public at the Tobin Center. That's at 11a.m. and runs until 2:30. And also we have two other panels, and that is on Saturday. If you're interested in getting into Hollywood, or you just want to know about it, come out. It's a fun time. "

The Film Festival also highlights children's films in a partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, from 10-11 a.m. daily through Saturday. 

"We have local celebrity actor Ricardo Chavira. His film is also premiering Saturday night. It's called Birth of a Killer and it's by Director Daniel Maldonado. That's a local film--a San Antonio film--and we're proud to premiere that as well."

He says you don't have to be a film maker to appreciate their craft.

"The work that they do is art. It's the most contemporary art there is. You can hear the stories, and it's really fun and interesting."

The San Antonio Film Festival runs through Sunday. 

Find more on the San Antonio Film Festival here.