The problem with most independent film festivals these days is that they aren't independent any longer. Just ask Vince Koegle or Bryce Tumlinson, organizers of the TEXANDANCE International Film Festival scheduled June 5-7 in New Braunfels.

“Festivals like Sundance have become Hollywood,” Tumlinson said. “We want get back to how it used to be. This is truly going to be an independent film festival.”

The event has already accepted independent films from as far away as Russia, Australia and the United Kingdom. And event organizers say they expect filmgoers will find plenty of quality surprises when the films are screened at the historic BraunTex Theatre in the heart of the this once-sleepy German community.

Koegle, especially, is looking forward to the event at the Theatre. That's because as a youth he worked at the theatre as an usher.

“We think it’ll be great for independent filmmakers who want others to see their films,” Koegle said, “but it’ll also be fun for the public because their (the filmmakers) goal is to entertain us.”

Koegle and Tumlinson say the TEXANDANCE Film Festival is unique because they plan on accepting just about all trailers from independent film makers to help promote their work. Koegle says trailers are a great way for filmmakers to get their work noticed, and they are making a real effort to accept all the films and trailers they can for the two day festival.

Texandance will accept trailers, short films, music videos, documentaries and feature films. Koegle and Tumlinson plan on presenting awards to the best films in an array of categories.

Tumlinson says they plan on making the event an annual festival with hopes of it growing larger and better every year. But he says based upon the films that have already been submitted this year, this year's debut festival will provide plenty of quality entertainment.

For more information about the TexanDance Independent Film Festival, visit the official Web site at http://www.texandance.com