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The BexarFest Multimedia Festival
Welcome to BexarFest, the only multimedia festival of its kind in the world.
Founded in 2017 by the nonprofit TRL Productions, BexarFest pairs high school media production teams from Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties with local nonprofit organizations to create outreach media for the nonprofit to use in its marketing campaigns.
Who is behind the festival?
The mission of TRL Productions is to help other nonprofit organizations create compelling videos highlighting their goals and the people who make them possible. By helping these organizations tell their stories in engaging ways, and at no charge, we help them raise awareness, recruit volunteers and generate donations while remaining focused on their core mission objectives.
You can visit the official TRL Productions website by clicking here.
BexarFest is also open to out-of-school programs serving high school-aged students. There is no charge to participate in BexarFest.
Each team in BexarFest works with a local nonprofit organization to create videos, still photos, graphics, original music, podcasts, and banner art the nonprofit can then use in its outreach efforts. Teams can enter as many, or as few, categories as they’d like.
The purpose of BexarFest is to give high school students experience in media production and an in-depth look at how nonprofit organizations operate. Working as a team, students practice communications, resource allocation, time management and other workplace skills. At the same time, nonprofits participating in BexarFest give students the opportunity to experience community service while receiving free tools to use in their outreach campaigns.
Students choose which nonprofit field they’d like to explore, such as the arts or human services. BexarFest organizers then pairs their team with a nonprofit in that field eager to have its story told.
To date, BexarFest has hosted more than 1,000 high school students from 50 public and private schools in 21 school districts across seven counties. Those students have created 240 minutes, that’s four hours, of video for 76 nonprofits serving every segment of our communities. In addition to videos, students have created graphic designs, still photos and even original music for their nonprofit partners.
More than 300 middle and junior high school students have also competed in the BexarFest poster contest to design the cover of the official BexarFest premiere program.
All the video entries will be showcased in one of San Antonio’s Regal Cinemas on Feb. 18, 2020 and awards in all categories will be presented on Feb. 19, 2020 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
BexarFest also includes tech and career development workshops for students to help them prepare for life after school. Additionally, BexarFest hosts a social media workshop to help nonprofits make the most of the media assets they and their production teams are creating.
To enter your high school or out-of-school program in BexarFest 2020, visit our registration page. To add your nonprofit to the roster high schools will choose from, email email@example.com.