Dallas, Texas – USA
April 4 to 14, 2013

December 7, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Dallas International Film Festival celebrates and honors filmmakers for their engagement in their creative communities and seeks to assist in future endeavors through increased exposure and financial reward.

Fostering interaction between filmmakers, audience members, and the Dallas community has long been a hallmark of DIFF. The festival attracts participants from all corners of the filmmaking process, including Academy Award-winners Kathryn Bigelow, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Robert DeNiro, and Adrien Brody. Bursting with master classes, lively screenings, and panel discussions, DIFF connects filmmakers of all experience levels with the artists they admire and the answers they crave. What’s more, the entire experience unfolds with just the kind of folksy, warm-hearted spirit you’d expect to find in one of most beloved cities in Texas.

See for yourself why Save the Date director Michael Mohan raves, “So far in my travels, Dallas has been the most filmmaker friendly. The crowds are the best. The organization is the best. The hospitality is the best.” Submit your film to the Dallas International Film Festival today!

The 7th Annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), is an 11-day celebration of remarkable films and their indelible impact on audiences. Last year’s DIFF drew more than 32,000 film lovers with a program of international premieres, red carpet galas, and filmmaker panels that opened eyes and broadened horizons. Promising another stellar slate and turnout this year, DIFF is proud to once again bring high-caliber entertainment to the warm and welcoming American Southwest.

DIFF creates an inclusive vibe that puts all exhibiting filmmakers on the highest pedestal; from the first-time short-form filmmaker to the award-winning industry veteran, all are treated with the same hospitality, press coverage, and respect. Each filmmaker is paired with a local host, often a leader in the film community, to help make their Dallas experience a memorable one; many past filmmakers have connected with individuals that have been instrumental in the success of their future projects through this host program. DIFF also offers travel and accommodation assistance when possible to ensure that selected filmmakers can personally present their films at the festival.

DIFF honors top narrative, documentary, and short films, and also offers a category reserved for films shot in or about the Lone Star State. In 2013, the festival will also celebrate Italian cinema through a special programming section. Grand Jury prize-winners in feature-length categories will walk away with a $10,000 USD unrestricted cash prize, and filmmakers who win in the Texas Competition will receive a Panavision camera rental package for the filming of their next project valued at $30,000. For the third year, The Embry Family Foundation will present the Silver Heart Award, a $10,000 cash prize, to a film dedicated to creating social change and fighting injustice.

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