Spearheaded by Jane Minarovic, a resident of The Woodlands and a graduate of The University of Texas as well as a filmmaker, the film festival made its debut in The Woodlands last February. The goal of the festival is to showcase films that celebrate the human spirit, incorporated with Q&A sessions and live entertainment.
“The Inspire Film Festival is organic to The Woodlands’ original vision set forth by developer George Mitchell and his wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, who believed art should be an integral part of the community,” The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau President Nick Wolda said in a statement. “The Inspire Film Festival is the perfect new addition—another jewel in the crown of myriad annual artistic events available in The Woodlands for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
The second annual festival will include partnerships between Inspire Film Festival and other nonprofit organizations, themed events at Market Street, an educational symposium at The Glade Gallery and after parties at Crush Wine Lounge. Film screenings will again be held at Cinemark Theaters at The Waterway and Market Street and at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
Minarovic is planning to present 15 international documentary films during this year’s festival, which officials have not yet announced.
“My hope for The Inspire Film Festival is to become a weekend where residents and visitors of The Woodlands of all ages will be entertained by a diverse slate of films from all over the world, and be inspired to go out and make a change, big or small—to make the world a better place.”
The nonprofit is seeking sponsorship, partnership and volunteer opportunities for the festival. For more information, click here.