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#BoomFest16 in Review + Contest Winners

It was a transformative three days of films, bands, artists, and more at the 9th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival hosted February 25 – 27, 2016. All of the BoomFest planners thank every participant for again sharing this yearly creative celebration. We also thank our sponsors, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Film Commission, Jefferson Theatre, Sojourn Church, Grandma’s Basement, and Koi Sushi Bar & Lounge, for sharing our vision enough to help us bring it to life. And of course, a big thanks go to our filmmakers and musicians who joined us in bringing independent film and music to Southeast Texas, as well as our volunteers who are the lifeblood of the festival. We hope this event helped you love Beaumont as much as we do.

If you’re interested, here are some photo albums and a news story of the event so you can relive the festivities all over again:

But enough sentimentality! Let’s talk about winners. Winners of our film contest, 48 Hour Film Race, and Music Video Race, specifically.

First, our contest winners.

Narrative Feature:
Dirty Beautiful

3rd place Billion Star Hotel
2nd place FSM
1st place…

Dirty Beautiful: A lonely artist brings a young, drifter woman back to his tiny apartment to live with him. Between his obsessive tendencies and her non-stop drinking, something strange happens. They start to care for each other.

Narrative Shorts:
Apocalypse Rock

3rd place Just Talking to Her
2nd place Arrivederci Rosa
1st place…

Apocalypse Rock: Tom Harper is the last man alive. Surviving alone in an emergency broadcast radio station, he broadcasts a rock and roll fueled radio show each and every day in hopes that someone out there might hear him.

Experimental/Music Video

Junior Murke3rd place Dissolved
2nd place Products
1st place…

Junior Murke’s Grasped Suffering: When the last family member leaves him, there’s nothing but silence in Junior Murkes life. It becomes unbearable, when his inner voice gets louder and louder.


Help3rd place Mer Depre
2nd place Healun – Loom Voodoo
1st place…

#Help: Virág, a young student has lots of friends and suitors on the internet, but one night she gets into trouble and needs help, in real life. But the most important question is: Have you recorded it?


Pech River Boys3rd place Cowboy Christmas
2nd place The Upstairs Lounge Fire
1st place…

Pech River Boys: Tales from Afghanistan: A short documentary film about Bravo Company / 3rd Platoon / 1-327IN of the 101st Airborne Division’s deployment to the Pech River Valley, Afghanistan in May 2010 and to help preserve the memory of their fallen brother SPC Brian Tabada.

Best in Show: #Help

48 Hour Winners

3rd place Hat Rack
2nd place Matt Noble
1st place Down to Film

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Top 3 Music Video Finalists

3rd place Queerplex
2nd place Ad Hoc Beaumont
1st place Mom Jeans

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Thanks again to all our participants, and congratulations to our winners!