10th Annual

Dallas International Film Festival

April 14, 2016 to April 24, 2016

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Narrative Feature
A juried competition featuring the best of international cinema.
The most innovative films from around the world that push the edge of traditional storytelling in twenty five minutes or less.
Documentary Feature
A juried competition featuring cutting-edge, informative documentary works from around the world.
Texas (Features)
Narrative and Documentary Features shot in or about the Lone Star State.


The 10th annual Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, celebrates films and their impact on society and will run April 14 - 24, 2016.

A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society celebrates and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop a better understanding of the role of film in today's world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking.


The Festival completed a successful 2015 run in April with 168 films, more than 163 screenings and attendance of over 33,000.

In 2016 the Festival will once again span 11 days and feature International Premiere screenings with nightly red carpet entrances at theaters throughout the city, award presentations, filmmaker panels and other special events.

The Dallas International Film Festival uses Dallas venues such as the Angelika Film Center, Cinemark W. Plano, the historic Texas Theatre, multiple venues in the Dallas Arts District including Klyde Warren Park, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art as well as area high schools and universities.

DIFF honorees and attendees over the years include:
John Landis, Blythe Danner, Kathryn Bigelow, Wally Pfister, Steve James, Laura Linney, Bernie Pollack, William Friedkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Sherry Lansing, Gabourey Sidibe, Ann-Margret, Scott Z. Burns, Amber Heard, Guillermo Arriaga, Frank Darabont, John Lee Hancock, Pete Docter, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Bogdanovich, Adrien Brody, Henry Selik, America Ferrera, John Hawkes, David Lynch, Lauren Bacall, Charlize Theron, Robert DeNiro, Helen Hunt, Lou Taylor Pucci, Robert Towne, Rian Johnson, Rinko Kikuchi, Jeremy Renner, David Gordon Green, Lou Gossett Jr., Robin Wright, Carlos Cuaron, James Tobak, Justin Kirk, Patton Oswalt, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Glen Keane, Elvis Mitchell, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Tim McCanlies and Jason Ritter.

At DIFF, the interaction between filmmakers, audience and community is a highlight of our programming. Filmmakers of selected films are invited to the Festival to participate in a variety of programs. Question and answer sessions after screenings are well attended and lively. A series of panel discussions are held throughout the eleven days of the Festival. Area high schools and universities serve as the venues for master classes where filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their films and careers with a new generation of professionals.

Grand Jury Prizes are awarded to competition films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Shorts, and Animated Shorts. A Grand Jury Prize will also be awarded to the best Student Film within the Shorts Competition.

The Embrey Family Foundation will present the Silver Heart Award, a $10,000 cash prize, to a film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity.

The Grand Jury Prize winner of the Texas Competition category will enjoy a camera rental package worth $30,000 for their next production, courtesy of Panavision.

Audience awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short will also be presented.

Narrative Feature Competition
Documentary Feature Competition
Short Film Competition
Texas Competition
Animated Short Competition
Premiere Screenings
World Cinema
Latino Cinema Showcase
Deep Ellum Sounds (Music Films)
Family Films
Midnight Specials


James Faust (Artistic Director); Sarah Harris (Senior Programmer)


Premiere status is taken into consideration for every submission in each category strand with priority given to Dallas/Ft Worth Premieres, Southwest Premieres, US Premieres, North American Premieres, and World Premieres.

In order for feature films to be considered for competition, a Dallas/Fort Worth Premiere is required.

Films must not have had major theatrical release or US broadcast airing prior to the festival.

Films must not have had DVD sales on the internet prior to April 7, 2016.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

Films must be completed after February 1, 2015 in order to be considered for the 2016 DIFF.

Work-in-progress submissions are accepted. Updated versions of a submission may be sent until January 11, 2016. After that date, DIFF is under no obligation to view any new version.

If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide a digital press kit which includes: headshot and filmography of director, color and/or B&W stills from the film, screeners for press, and a video trailer (cleared for broadcast).

Submission DVDs must be labeled with:
Film Title
Running Time
Contact information on face of DVD.

When submitting a DVD, include the film ID# on package and on disc. *Please only mail DVDs in paper or plastic jewel cases (no standard DVD cases).

If you are submitting with a secured online screener, you do not have to mail a DVD unless later requested by the Programming department.

If you choose to use Withoutabox's secured online screener, the film must be uploaded by the application's corresponding submission deadline in order to be considered. Your submission application will not be processed otherwise.

DVD screeners will not be returned. Please do not send originals or masters.

All submission deadlines are POSTMARK deadlines.

Any films submitted without a paid entry fee by the given deadline will be disqualified from the submission screening process.

All film entries selected for the festival grant DIFF the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

All filmmakers will be notified by (approximately) March 10, 2016 via email.


You hereby grant the Dallas International Film Festival/Dallas Film Society ("Festival") all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2016 Festival. You represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. You further represent that you are authorized to submit the above-referenced film and, if selected, will deliver the screening print to the Festival office no later than March 30, 2016. (Festival agrees to provide for outbound shipping only.)

Additionally, you indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fee arising out of or in connection with third parties in regards to the screening of said film.

Any awards will be distributed to the production company of the winning film or to the person identified as a representative of the winning film’s production company in the credits thereof. All decisions of the Festival regarding the distribution of awards will be final and binding on all participants. The Festival will not be liable for the distribution of any award to any party.

I have read, understood, and hereby agree to the terms written in the General Festival Rules submissions to DIFF 2016.