Dallas International Film Festival

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Dallas International Film Festival
LocationDallas, Texas, U.S.
Founded2007
Hosted byDallas Film
Artistic directorJohnathan Brownlee
LanguageInternational
Websitedallasiff.org

The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF or DallasIFF), presented by the Dallas Film, is an annual film festival that takes place in Dallas, Texas. It is the largest film festival in North Texas.

Dallas Film[edit]

The Dallas Film, previously known as Dallas Film Society, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2006. It provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, and digital media.[1]

Since its inception, Dallas Film has contributed more than $1M in filmmaker awards, brought over 2,000 filmmakers to Dallas, and screened over 2,000 films from more than 50 countries.

History[edit]

2007

The Dallas International Film Festival began in 2007 as the AFI Dallas International Film Festival.

2008

In 2008, the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival was held from March 27 to April 6, 2008. The Opening Night Gala film was Helen Hunt's directorial debut film, Then She Found Me. The Closing Night Gala film was Stuart Townsend's Battle in Seattle. Mickey Rooney attended a presentation of the 70th anniversary of Boys Town. Helen Hunt, Mickey Rooney, and Charlize Theron each received the AFI DALLAS Star Award.

2009

The 3rd annual festival was held from March 26 to April 2, 2009. Kathryn Bigelow was presented with the AFI DALLAS Star Award before a screening of her film, The Hurt Locker.

Adrien Brody was presented with the AFI DALLAS Star Award prior to the screening of the Opening Night Gala film, The Brothers Bloom. Robert Towne received the AFI DALLAS Star Award at a presentation of the 35th anniversary of the film, Chinatown.

2010

In 2010, the name of the festival was changed to the Dallas International Film Festival after the contract with AFI expired.[2][3] Amber Heard received the inaugural DALLAS Shining Star Award and writer/director Frank Darabont received the DALLAS Star Award.[4] The 4th annual festival was held from April 8 to April 18, 2010.

2011

In 2011, the 5th annual festival was held from March 31 to April 10, 2011. Opening night was held at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a location in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The festival was dedicated to founder and chairman emeritus Liener Temerlin.[5]

2012

The 6th annual festival was held from April 12 through April 22, 2012.[6]

2013

In 2013, the 7th annual festival was held from April 4 through April 14, 2013, and presented more than 160 features, documentaries, shorts, and student films from 28 countries.[7]

2014

The 8th annual festival was held from April 3 through April 13, 2014.[8]

2015

In 2015, the 9th annual festival was held from April 9 to 19, 2015., and featured 165 films.[9] The opening night film was I'll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, who was present to accept the Dallas Star Award. Director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America, National Lampoon's Animal House, Blues Brothers) was also present to accept the Dallas Star Award. Texas writer/producer/actor L.M. Kit Carson (Paris, Texas and David Holzman's Diary) was presented with a posthumous Dallas Star Award.

2016

The 10th annual festival was held from April 14 through April 24, 2016. The opening night film was The Land, starring Erykah Badu.[10] The Dallas Star Award was presented to cinematographer Ed Lachman and the inaugural L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Filmmaker Award was presented to Monte Hellman.

2017

In 2017, the 11th annual festival was held from March 30 through April 8, 2017.[11][12] The Dallas Shining Star Award was presented to Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall). A posthumous Dallas Star Award was presented to Bill Paxton. The L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Filmmaker Award was presented to David Gordon Green.

2018

The 12th annual festival was held from May 3 through May 10, 2018.[13] In 2018, the festival screened more than 130 films from 22 countries, including several movies that were released nationwide later in the year: Eighth Grade, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Dead Pigs, and Blindspotting.[14]

2019

In 2019, the 13th Dallas International Film Festival powered by Capital One was held from April 11 through April 18, 2019.[15] The festival screened more than 130 films from more than 35 countries, including five world premieres, one U.S. premiere, 37 Texas premieres, and 15 Dallas premieres.[16] World premieres included: After So Many Days, El Corazón de Bolívar (Bolivar's Heart), Hurdle, The Pursuit, and This World Won't Break.

Awards[edit]

2007
Actor Bill Paxton at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival
2008
  • Target Filmmaker Award - Honorable Mention: Bad Habits
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film: The Second Line
  • Special Jury Prize - Best Feature Film: Cook County
  • Special Jury Prize - Special Achievement (Direction): Bongo Bong - Ken Wardrop
  • Audience Award - Best Short: A Day's Work
2009
  • Target Filmmaker Award - Documentary: Prom Night in Mississippi
  • Target Filmmaker Award - Narrative Feature: Gigantic
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film: Princess Margaret Blvd.
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Competition: The Other Side of Paradise
  • Student Competition: Hug
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Film: St. Nick
  • Special Jury Prize - Best Feature Film: Against the Current
  • Current Energy Filmmaker Award: Crude
  • Audience Award - Best Short: Lucy: A Period Piece
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Skin
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Rock Prophecies
  • Dallas Star Award: Kathryn Bigelow
2010
  • Target Filmmaker Award - Documentary: Waste Land
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Competition (In-Competition): Hold and Carried Away
  • Special Jury Prize - Special Achievement (Direction): Careful What You Wish For - Tim Vogel
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Feature: The Last Survivor
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Brotherhood
  • Dallas Star Award: Amber Heard
Actress Judy Reyes at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
2011
  • Target Filmmaker Award - Narrative Feature: 5 Time Champion
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film: The Legend of Beaver Dam
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film (In-Competition): Crazy Beats Strong Every Time
  • Student Competition: The Robbery
  • Environmental Visions Grand Jury Prize: If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Special Jury Prize - Special Achievement (Direction): The Birds Upstairs - Christopher Jarvis
  • Special Jury Prize - Special Mention for Directing: Green Crayons - Kazik Radwanski
  • Special Jury Prize - Special Achievement (Acting): Surrogate Valentine - Goh Nakamura
  • Audience Award - Best Feature: Snowmen
2012
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film: Nani
  • Grand Jury Prize - Documentary: Tchoupitoulas
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Competition: Wolf
  • Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Feature: Faith, Love and Whiskey
  • Special Jury Prize - Silver Heart Award: The Invisible War
  • Silver Heart Award (In-Competition): 5 Broken Cameras
  • Audience Award - Best Short: Nani
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: First Position
  • Dallas Star Award: Gabourey Sidibe
  • Career Achievement in Costume Design: Bernie Pollack
Actor Buck Taylor at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
2013
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film (In-Competition): Gun and The Devil's Ballroom and Matriarche
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Competition: Pit Stop
  • Student Competition: The First Hope
  • Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Feature (In-Competition): He's Way More Famous Than You
  • Special Jury Prize - Silver Heart Award (In Competition): Small Small Thing
  • Best HD Feature (In-Competition): Azooma
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: The Crash Reel
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: The Kings of Summer
  • Best Feature Documentary Award: Small Small Thing
2014
  • Animated Short Grand Jury Prize: The Missing Scarf
  • Grand Jury Prize - Best Short Film (In-Competition): The Bravest, the Boldest and Easy
  • Grand Jury Prize - Documentary: The Special Need
  • Grand Jury Prize - Texas Competition: Flutter
  • Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Feature: Hellion
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film: Easy
  • Special Jury Prize - Shorts Competition: Ni-Ni
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Noble
2015
  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short Film: World of Tomorrow
  • Grand Jury Award - Short Film: The Chicken
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Feature: Barge
  • Grand Jury Award - Texas Competition: Sacrifice
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Feature: Radiator
  • Grand Jury Award - Student Short Film: Cast in India
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature, Ensemble Acting: Echoes of War
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature, Cinematography: Some Beasts
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film: The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul
  • Special Jury Prize - Texas Competition, Ensemble Performance: The Love Inside
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Thunder Broke the Heavens
  • Audience Award - Short Film: Melville
  • Silver Heart Award - Frame By Frame
2016
  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short Film: Snowfall
  • Grand Jury Award - Short Film: The Black Belt
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Feature: The Pearl
  • Grand Jury Award - Texas Competition: Tower
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Feature: Mr. Pig
  • Grand Jury Award - Student Short Film: Fata Morgana
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature, Performance: Arianna
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Feature: In Pursuit of Silence
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film: Minor Setback
  • Special Jury Prize - Texas Competition: Booger Red
  • Special Jury Prize - Student Short Film: The Mink Catcher
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Until Proven Innocent
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Transpecos
  • Audience Award - Short Film: So Good to See You
  • Silver Heart Award - Hooligan Sparrow
2017
  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short Film: Mr. Madila
  • Grand Jury Award - Short Film: What Happened to Her
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Feature: Quest
  • Grand Jury Award - Texas Competition: Mr. Roosevelt
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Feature: The Relationtrip
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature, Directing: Heartstone
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Feature, Artistry: Spettacolo
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film: Hairat
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film, Performance: Arin MacLaine, Spring
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Dealt
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Bomb City
  • Audience Award - Short Film: No Other Way to Say It
  • Silver Heart Award - City of Ghosts
2018
  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short Film: Agua Viva
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Short Film: Krista
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Feature: The Blessing
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Short Film: Adversary
  • Grand Jury Award - Texas Competition: 1985
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Feature: Dead Pigs
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature: Madeline's Madeline
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Short: An Uncertain Future
  • Special Jury Prize - Midnight Short: Mobius
  • Special Jury Prize - Texas Competition: The Iron Orchard
  • Special Jury Prize - Short Film, Comedy: Allen Anders: Live at the Comedy Castle Circa 1987
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Loud Krazy Love
  • Audience Award - Documentary Short: Tomnoddy
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: Tejano
  • Audience Award - Narrative Short: Caroline
2019
  • Grand Jury Award - Animated Short Film: Reneepoptosis
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Short Film: Rapaz
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Feature: Always in Season
  • Grand Jury Award - Documentary Short Film: Mack Wrestles
  • Grand Jury Award - Texas Competition: J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius
  • Grand Jury Award - Narrative Feature: 'Ms. Purple
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Short: Okaasan
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Feature: Caballerango
  • Special Jury Prize - Documentary Short: Gli anni
  • Special Jury Prize - Narrative Feature, Screenplay: Sister Aimee
  • Special Jury Prize - Texas Competition: Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes
  • Audience Award - Documentary Feature: Alice Cooper: Live from the Astroturf
  • Audience Award - Documentary Short: The Queen's New Clothes
  • Audience Award - Narrative Feature: This World Won't Break
  • Dallas County Historical Commission (DCHC) Historical Film: Seadrift

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (2009-06-17). "AFI Dallas Is No More. But Debuting Next Spring, the Dallas International Film Festival". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  3. ^ Rogers, Tim (2010-01-04). "Bye-Bye, AFI. Hello, Dallas International Film Festival". D Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  4. ^ "2010 Dallas International Film Festival Honors Amber Heard and Frank Darabont". Dread Central.
  5. ^ "2011 Dallas International Film Festival". Dallas Film Society.
  6. ^ Renninger, Bryce J. (2012-03-15). "Dallas International Film Fest Announces 2012 Lineup; 'Cowgirls' and 'Satellite' to Make World Premieres". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  7. ^ "Dallas International Film Festival Announces Full 2013 Lineup". D Magazine. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  8. ^ Simek, Peter (2014-04-03). "Your Guide to the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival". D Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  9. ^ Darling, Cary (March 16, 2015). "Dallas International Film Festival announces line-up". star-telegram. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  10. ^ "Your Guide to the 2016 Dallas International Film Festival". D Magazine. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  11. ^ "Dallas International Film Festival Unveils Full Schedule". D Magazine. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  12. ^ Laughlin, Jamie (2017-03-15). "Dallas International Film Festival Reveals Its 2017 Schedule". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  13. ^ "The 2018 Dallas International Film Festival has unveiled its first 12 titles, including an ode to Mr. Rogers". GuideLive. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  14. ^ Doyle, Steven (2019-02-21). "Dallas International Film Festival 2019". cravedfw. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
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