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Posted on: March 6, 2023

The Reel Owl Cinema Film Festival presented by Reel Owl Cinema

flyer that says 18th annual Reel Owl Cinema Film Festival

If you love short films and want to see budding filmmakers' works, please join us on May 6 for The Reel Owl Cinema Film Festival at the Garland High School Auditorium, 310 S. Garland Ave; Garland, Texas 75040.

The Garland High School Award-winning IB Film Program, also known as Reel Owl Cinema, is a unique four-year high school narrative International Baccalaureate (IB) film program that has been producing films at Garland High School since 2005.

The festival is like a film premiere. It is a night of celebration for the films our students have created during the school year.

The evening schedule is as follows:

  • Red Carpet with Photographer— 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 2 hours of our student’s short films— 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • A reception with food, beverages, and a live podcast—8 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
  • An awards presentation —8:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Our audience votes for the winning films along with industry judges

Films are shown back to back. Run times vary from 30 seconds to 7 minutes

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Email us at for more information or to purchase tickets.

When Rick Worland, then the head of the film department at SMU, attended he said that not all the films were necessarily good but that each had a spark of a filmmaker. Join us and celebrate our sparks this year.

Program Info:

We began in the IB program as a part of the pilot program for film. We were the first Fine Arts film class offered in a public school in Texas. We are now the only public high school in Texas offering a four-year narrative film program.

As of the fall of 2022, we have been educating, inspiring and celebrating students and the stories they tell through film for 18 years.

We are a program that is open to any student attending GHS.

 Our students are taught all aspects of film production: scriptwriting, cinematography, lighting, sound engineering, and editing using industry-standard equipment and programs. They study the history of film and the nuances of directors, cinematography, lighting, sound, and editing. They make 16-20 films within the four-year program.

We are part of the Performing Arts Program, and Middle Years Program (MYP), and the second year receives dual credit.

Our IB test scores have been over the international average since inception.

We are associated with most of the prominent film festivals in Dallas and have a one-hour screening each year at USA Film Festival, the oldest festival in Dallas.

36% of our graduating seniors include film in their future studies and careers. 

Check us out on our website,

The Reel Owl Cinema Film Festival is proud of our new association with the Garland Cultural Arts Commission.

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