12th Annual

Dallas International Film Festival

May 03, 2018 to May 10, 2018

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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 12th annual Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, celebrates film and filmmakers, television, streaming content and VR. The Festival runs May 3rd-May 10th 2018.

A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society provides leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.


Dynamic and Diverse.

The 12th annual Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, doesn’t just show films; it showcases and celebrates and showcases all types of content….film, television, streaming content and virtual reality. The interaction between story tellers audiences and the Dallas community is what we strive to develop from opening to closing and everything in between.

“See Things DIFFerently” isn’t just our tagline; the 2018 festival moves to a new time of year and will offer new and unique experiences. DIFF18 is a global adventure that boasts premiere screenings, nightly red carpets, daring documentaries, eye-opening short films, exciting television content, bleeding-edge VR presentations, nightly parties, filmmaker panels, award presentations, and an enhanced filmmaker hospitality program that includes city tours and more.

The festival completed a successful 2017 run with over 100 filmmakers attending our Texas-sized film party that saw 172 films screened from 31 countries and an attendance of over 27,000. Faye Dunaway, David Gordon Green, Robert Benton and Zoey Deutch all received awards and DIFF celebrated Bill Paxton’s life and career.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. At DIFF, filmmakers are invited to the festival to participate in a variety of programs, Q&A sessions and a series of panel discussions. Dallas area high schools and universities host master classes where filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their work and careers with a new generation of content creators.

DIFF honorees and attendees over the years include:
Faye Dunaway, Robert Benton, Max Landis, 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, Barry Bostwick, Mariette Hartley, 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, Ed Lachman, Lea Thompson, Zoey Deutch, Katharine Houghton and Ry Russo Young.

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 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.

The Grand Jury Prize winner of the Narrative Feature competition will receive a limited national release from our partner Studio Movie Grill.

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); James Faust (Artistic Director); Johnathan Brownlee; Johnathan Brownlee; Michele Goodson


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 May 3, 2018.

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, 2017 in order to be considered for the 2018 DIFF.

Work-in-progress submissions are accepted. Updated versions of a submission may be sent until February 3rd, 2018. 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) April 3, 2018 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 2018 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 April 10, 2018. (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 2018.