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Inspire Film Festival Lineup and Ticket Giveaway

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The Inspire Film Festival is a five-day cinematic event dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films and stories that celebrate the human spirit on February 15 through February 19, 2018. The 2018 Inspire Film Festival will be showcasing 13 feature length films, 18 shorts, multiple panel discussions with the film makers, a grand VIP party, after hour socials, live performances and many other events in The Woodlands.


Hello Woodlands is giving away 2 Weekend Passes to the Inspire Film Festival! Enter to WIN 2 Tickets to enjoy the screenings at the Inspire Film Festival by simply entering your name and email address below and click “Enter” by Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. One winner will be selected, contacted by email on Friday, Friday 2, and receive 2 tickets to the festival. Good luck!

***The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jaime C for winning 2 passes to the Inspire Film Festival! Stay tuned and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter for more opportunities to win passes to upcoming events. Thank you!***

The films were selected based on their ability to enlighten as well as entertain audiences, and all are beautifully shot in fascinating locations around the world.  Each screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion with the filmmaker and/or subject of the film, and pass holders will be able to attend a number of informal meet and greet events around The Woodlands.

IFF 2018 Full Length Films

  • Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America.
  • Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen.
  • City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”–a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014.
  • Cyber Seniors is a humorous and heartwarming feature that expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other.
  • Futures Past captures the power struggle between filmmaker Jordan Melamed and his father, Leo Melamed, Holocaust survivor and kingpin of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
  • Girl Unbound: The War to be Her shares the story of Maria Toorpakai who defies the Taliban – disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely in Waziristan,“one of the most dangerous places on earth.”
  • Jane tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
  • Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.
  • The Crash Reel, featuring snowboarder Kevin Pearce, crafts cinematic sequences using both new footage and 232 archival sources to create a tale of family, growing up and self-acceptance, which raises important questions about our culture of extremes, and reveals a remarkable family’s functionality in the face of disability challenges.
  • The Farthest is an award-winning feature documentary on the trail-blazing Voyager spacecraft.
  • The Starfish Throwers shares how a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.
  • The Way We Get By follows a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.
  • Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

IFF 2018 Short Films

“Shorts” are films lasting 5-15 minutes that are big stories that are told in a short amount of time. The short films featured at Inspire Film Festival 2018 are:

  • 116 Cameras
  • Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise
  • Ascend
  • Beatrice
  • Ditch the Van
  • Frans Lanting: The Evolution of Life
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Knife Skills
  • My Irnik
  • One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts
  • One Plastic Beach
  • Plastic Bottle Village
  • Safe Zone
  • Ten Meter Tower
  • The Hard Way
  • The Tables
  • Weightless
  • Where the Wild Things Play

The films will be featured at multiple locations and theaters throughout The Woodlands including Cinemark 17, Cinemark Market Street, and Insperity Theater. Learn more about the films, watch the trailers, and see the film viewing schedule at

Passes are available for purchase online at and will be available to purchase and pickup at the Inspire Film Festival pop up box office in Market Street in The Woodlands. Weekend passes are $125 and student passes are $50, granting pass holders access to all screenings, all Q&A’s, and all panel discussions. Currently Inspire Film Festival is offering a “Limited Valentine’s Day Special” for $100 per pass while supplies last or until February 14.