Queen Theatre in downtown Bryan
Queen Theatre in downtown Bryan

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley will host its annual Red Wasp Film Festival on Sunday, May 6 from 3pm-6pm at the newly renovated Queen Theatre in downtown Bryan. The Arts Council welcomes visitors and members of the community to join them for this free event. Guests will enjoy a special viewing of independent films created by filmmakers from across the globe.

The Red Wasp Film Festival was established in 2003 by two local film enthusiasts, Carol and Craig Conlee. Originally, the festival was held outdoors during the springtime when red wasps would frequently pester 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. Since then, the festival has grown and is now hosted annually by The Arts Council. Each year the festival grows more popular and attracts larger crowds and more interesting films.

Each year, filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world are invited to submit their films to a committee which makes the selection for the final festival lineup. This year’s showings include films by Spanish and Iranian film-makers, as well as several short films from Austin and our very own BCS community. The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony highlighting winners for Best of Festival, One to Watch, and Audience Favorite, with a trophy created by local metal artist John McGee.

The Arts Council is excited to bring the festival back to downtown Bryan and to be the first event held after the grand opening of the historical Queen Theatre! Admission is free, but seating is limited. The Arts Council recommends to RSVP in order to ensure a spot.

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