11th Annual

Dallas International Film Festival

March 30, 2017 to April 09, 2017

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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 11th annual Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, celebrates films and their impact on society and will run March 30th-April 9th, 2017.

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 2016 run in April with 172 films, more than 170 screenings representing 31 countries and attendance of over 27,000.

In 2017 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, The Alamo Drafthouse, the historic Texas Theatre, multiple venues in the Dallas Arts District including Klyde Warren Park, the Nasher Sculpture Center, One Arts Plaza, The Dallas Museum of Art and The Dallas City Performance Hall.

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, Monte Hellman and Ed Lachman.

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(Presented by Reel FX). A Grand Jury Prize will also be awarded to the best Student Film within the Shorts Competition.

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.

In 2017 the Audience Awards will be presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation. The award for Best Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature will carry a $2,000 cash prize and Best Short film will receive $1,000.

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
Special Presentations


Daniel Laabs (Programming Coordinator); 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, 2016 in order to be considered for the 2017 DIFF.

Work-in-progress submissions are accepted. Updated versions of a submission may be sent until January 11, 2017. 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).

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.

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 2, 2017 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 10, 2017. (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.