To CELEBRATE films and their impact on society
To HONOR filmmakers and recognize their achievements and contribution in enhancing the creative community
To provide EDUCATIONAL programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today’s world
To PROMOTE the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking
The DALLAS Film Society partnered in 2006 to create the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival. The DALLAS International Film Festival is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the world. Named by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” the Festival has gained the reputation as the Filmmaker’s Festival for its stellar hospitality and dedication to the art.
In its five years, The Dallas Film Society has featured the finest in U.S. and international cinema in its festival and year round programming:
- Over 7,000 submissions
- 981 films from 49 countries
- 57 world premieres, 17 U.S. premieres
- 479 features, 517 shorts
- 934 filmmakers in attendance
- Over $390,000 in awards presented
The Film Society has had the great pleasure of screening award-winning films, which have included Academy Award® nominees and winners.
“[The Festival] is an important partner, as Dallas realizes its potential as a world arts destination. Our city is home to big dreams, big thinkers and big believers.”
- Mayor Tom Leppert, City of Dallas
Honorary Chair – 2010 DALLAS IFF
The DALLAS International Film Festival is one of the most talked about festivals in the U.S. Described as “11 days of reel passion,” by The Dallas Morning News, the Festival has gained the reputation as the Filmmaker’s Festival for its stellar hospitality, social scene and dedication to the art.
In only five years, DALLAS IFF has been recognized for its thought-provoking programming and its commitment to education within the community.
The 2011 Festival was a great success!
- The Festival opened in the Dallas Arts District at the Winspear Opera House
- The DALLAS Film Society Honors were held at Union Station with multiple honorees receiving the coveted DALLAS Star Award
- Over 20,000 people attended screenings throughout the Festival
- Texas High Schools received over $30,000 in grants for their Film programs
- The Festival awarded more than $85,000 in cash and goods and services to winners of Festival competitions
Our 5th Anniversary Celebration also honored Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Liener Temerlin with the Temerlin Tribute on Opening Night.
“The creative influence of Liener Temerlin has left a mark on the city of Dallas. As Mayor, I have always been proud to be a part of the DALLAS International Film Festival, even more so in 2011 when the festival is being dedicated to Liener, a true trailblazer.”
- Mayor Tom Leppert, City of Dallas
THE ART OF FILM
The Dallas Film Society’s annual Fall Gala and Fundraiser, The Art of Film, helps the film society fulfill its mission. Each year, we honor a filmmaker whose body of work has had a profound impact on cinema has elevated the art of movie making. The DFS presents these artists to residents of Dallas with a formal dinner, a screening and an intimate conversation with the artist.
Chairman of the Board
|Longtime community leader Lynn McBee has served as Vice Chairman on the DFS Board. She has taken leadership roles at many other Dallas institutions, including chairmanships for The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Tocqueville Society, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Opening Weekend Celebration, the Visiting Nurse Association, TACA, the Cattle Baron’s Ball and many, many more.
McBee is a seventh-generation Texan and is the great, great, great, great-granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas. She received her degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and has been a consultant for biotech firm New England Biolabs for 19 years and is a principal in GenTest, Texas, exclusive distributor of OncoVue.
President & CEO – The Dallas Film Society
Executive Director – DALLAS International Film Festival
|Tanya Foster is a seasoned fund raiser having chaired the Junior League of Dallas Ball, the Cattle Baron’s Ball and is currently serving on the Chrystal Charity Ball committee. Tanya has served many non-profits in both a volunteer capacity and also with her former consulting firm tanya foster consulting.
Currently, she serves as the President and CEO of the Dallas Film Society, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to the education and celebration of film and filmmakers. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of the DALLAS International Film Festival which is scheduled for April 8-18, 2010. Now in its 4th year, the film festival brings to Dallas the best of film from around the world.
Tanya is a native Texan and is married to Pete Foster. Together they have four children – Katie, Meghan, Taylor and P.J.
|James Faust Loves his family. Loves film. Loves Dallas. Wants you to stay in school.|
TWO MEN. ONE VISION.
Liener Temerlin and Michael Cain both have longstanding ties to the Dallas Arts community. Temerlin, an advertising legend, and Cain, an award winning filmmaker, came together to turn Dallas into an international stage for moviemakers from around the globe by forming the DALLAS Film Society.