The DALLAS International Film Festival is proud to present films from acclaimed actors, directors and producers. These are works that will inspire conversation, spark imagination and encourage contemplation from some of the most respected individuals in cinema.
Since 2007 our Gala films have been a a showcase for brave works from new directors, Steven Sawalich (MUSIC WITHIN), Alejandro Monteverde (BELLA), Derek Borte (THE JONES), Edgar Wright (HOT FUZZ) and Rian Johnson (THE BROTHERS BLOOM) and Shawn Ku (BEAUTIFUL BOY). We’ve celebrated the latest from established greats like David Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER), and Barry Levinson (WHAT JUST HAPPENED).
The Dallas International Film Festival wholeheartedly supports those film artists who have stepped out of their comfort zone to share their vision. Actors, writers and producers turned directors have become a staple in the film universe and DIFF Gala films have been a wonderful launching pad for these efforts. Actors, Sarah Polley (AWAW FROM HER), Helen Hunt (THEN SHE FOUND ME) and Stuart Townsend (BATTLE FOR SEATTLE) have all shared their work with our festival audiences.
DIFF strives to be innovative and inclusive and inspirational when it comes to Gala films. 2009 Closing night films TYSON and THE COVE were not only globally well received, but were films that actually made a difference in the world.
In 2010, There wasn’t a traditional opening night film, but 6 programs on 8 screens that represented every category in the festival. Taking over every screen at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 1 world premiere (MULTIPLE SARCASMS), 1 amazing film from Mexico’s golden age of cinema (NOSOTROS LOS POBRES) 6 shorts, 1 Texas epic (SKATELAND), 1 insightful documentary (BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK) and a hilarious midnight film (A TOWN CALLED PANIC) rounded out an amazing celebration of film that spilled out into a grand party in the theater hallways, lobby and courtyard.
For 2011, the Festival held the biggest Opening Night in its history at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District. The program featured a Dallas Star Award presentation to Hollywood icon Ann-Margret and the Temerlin Tribute — which honored Dallas Film Society Founder and Chairman Emeritus Liener Temerlin with special thanks led by Ross Perot and including both Presidents Bush, and colleagues and civic leaders such as Jean Firstenberg, Dennis McClain, Stephen Butt, Roger Staubach, and Stan Richards. For the first time, the Festival opened with a documentary: BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY with Director-Producer Constance Marks and Producers James Miller and Corrine LaPook in attendance.
As we head into 2012, the Dallas Film Society is looking to continue its commitment to showcasing the greatest art form in the world on the biggest stage possible.