Local film nonprofit Dallas Film Society (DFS) is thrilled to announce this year’s awards and jury members, as well as a full sponsor list and one new film. The now eight-day event kicked off with a bang with a star-studded red carpet on Thursday, May 3 and a special North American premiere of Rob Reiner’s political drama Shock and Awe. Feature short and feature film screenings, galas, special events, and more will take place throughthrough Thursday, May 10 at The Magnolia – West Village.
This year’s event will award winners in four categories judged by ten notable industry professionals. Award categories include Documentary Feature Films,Narrative Feature Films, Short Films, and Texas Films. Thanks to Panavision, winners of the Texas Competition award category will receive a camera package rental valued at $30,000. In addition to the Texas award, two new prizes will be awarded during this year’s 12th annual event, including a Grand Jury Prize award in the Narrative Feature competition who will receive a limited national release fromStudio Movie Grill and a $1,000 cash prize to the Best Historical Film from theDallas Historical Society. Additional prizes include two brand new Sony aS7IIcameras to winners in the categories of Best Documentary Feature and Best Narrative Short. All award winners this year will receive Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling software provided by Entertainment Partners.
2018 DIFF Jurors
· Jeffrey Brown (Documentary Feature Films) – Jeffrey has produced 25 films, including award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries screened at over 100 international film festivals in 50 countries such as Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, and Tribeca.
· Justina Walford Documentary Feature Films) – Justina, the Artistic Director at Women TX Film Festival, is a critically-acclaimed writer, producer, and performer of screen, stage and print.
· Brandon Harris Documentary Feature Films) – is a Development Executive at Amazon Original Movies, the director of Redlegs (2012) and the author of Making Rent In Bed-Stuy (2017).
· Andrew Logan Documentary Feature Films) – Andrew Logan is a writer and producer based in Austin. His films have been premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Outfest Film Festival, and the Cannes Court Métrage.
· Brandon Oldenburg (Short Films) – Brandon Oldenburg is an award-winning film director, illustrator and designer whose films have won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, multiple Cannes Lions, and a host of other industry accolades.
· Amber Bemak (Short Films) – Amber has co-directed and produced two feature length documentaries on Tibetan Buddhism as well as created 15 short experimental and documentary films that have played in numerous festivals internationally.
· Clint Bentley (Short Films) – Writer and producer Clint Bentley is known for his 2016 SXSW premiere of Transpecos, a thriller set in the U.S. Border Patrol, where it won the Audience Award and was distributed theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
· Elizabeth Mums (Texas Films) – Elizabeth’s 2012 film Only The Young was theatrically released by Oscilloscope and won numerous awards. She currently works as the Senior Film Program Director for the Austin Film Festival.
· Jameson Brooks (Texas Films) – James is a filmmaker and graphics artist best known for Directing and co-writing the critically acclaimed 2017 true crime biopic,BOMB CITY.
· Farah White (Texas Films) – Farah’s TV credits run the gamut from national commercial campaigns and independent web series to major network episodic.
The Festival will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and will kick off with a series of Special Events including an Opening Night Celebration at The Magnoliaon Thursday, May 3 followed by a celebration in the streets of West Village. Family and student film screenings at Studio Movie Grill – Spring Valley will also take place during the 2018 DIFF, a 25th anniversary event for Steven Spielberg’s three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster Jurassic Park will screen at Studio Movie Grill – Spring Valley (13933 N. Central Expy) on Sunday, May 6, and a Closing Night event on Thursday, May 10 for the 40th anniversary screening ofAnimal House at Alamo Drafthouse – Cedars.
Sponsors and partners for the 2018 DIFF include: 107.1, 107.9, ABCO, AdChat,Akin Gump, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Ascend Insurance, Atom, Austin Eastciders, Austin Film Festival, Barb and Scott Weiszhaar, BB&T, BestOfGuide.com, Brokerage, Bisous Bisous, Brewed + Pressed, Canopy, Capital One, Central Market, Cinépolis, Commerce House,Converging It Solutions, Crazy Water, CRU Wine Bar, Dallas Chocolate Festival, Dallas County Historical Association, Dallas Film Commission,Dallas Producers Association, Dallas Style and Design Magazine, David Kiger,Downtown Dallas Inc., Earth X, El Creative, Entertainment Partners, Four Corners Brewing, Good Life Family Magazine, Hewlett Packard, High Brew Coffee, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office – San Francisco, HP Employee PAC, In-N-Out Burger, Jordan Pohland Films, KERA, KD Conservatory, Lattes on Location, Le Merdien/The Stoneleigh Hotel, Locke Lord, Lucky Post, Maggy and David Croxville, Mamoun’s Falafel, Manuscript, MCAP, Mercury One,MidiCi, MoviePass, Panavision, Pōk, Prekindle, Public School 214, Ross Stewart Photography, Selig Polyscope Company, Simple Media, Sixty Vines,SMU Film and Media Arts, Sony, Starpower, Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP,Tesla, Texas Associates of Film Commissions, Texas Film Commission, The Point Group, The Stoneleigh Hotel, Tim Headington, Twisted Root, Univision 23, Visit Dallas, West Village, and Wilson Esler.