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Dallas Film, a nonprofit organization that exists to celebrate the past, present and future of film in our community, is pleased to announce a new film festival debuting this fall in Plano. The North Texas Film Festival (NTXFF) powered by Capital One will be held September 26 – 29, 2019, at the Cinemark West Plano and XD theatre (3800 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75093). “Men in Black: International” will be screened at a kickoff event for the festival. 

 

“We are excited to serve a broader audience and expand the love of film to North Texas, which is centered upon the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the largest metropolitan area in Texas,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Dallas Film and Executive Director of North Texas Film Festival. “At the North Texas Film Festival, attendees can expect a lineup of more than 20 curated films including films related to sports, family, date night, Indian, veterans, horror, Best of DIFF (popular films from the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival), shorts, and Oscar contending films. There will be nightly red carpets, Q&As with filmmakers, an exclusive festival lounge, live music stage, theme nights.”

 

This will be the first film festival to represent North Texas and, since the North Texas economy is booming, the location makes perfect sense, say organizers of NTXFF.  As home to several major corporate offices including Capital One, it’s a community full of opportunities and welcoming to people of all ages. North Texas is comprised of 150 cities with over 7.1 million residents in a 9,000-square-mile, 13-county region.

 

“Overall, North Texas is the fourth largest region in the United States and is the most diverse economy in Texas,” said Brownlee. “Our goal with this new festival is to spark meaningful engagement with film, have a full house for each screening, bring in incredible talent and filmmakers from around the world, expand the love of film in the North Texas region, and create a festival experience like no other for all who attend.”

 

Proceeds from NTXFF will benefit the Veterans Institute for Film and Media, a program that prepares veterans for careers in film and media production through education, mentorships, and job placements. For details about VIFM, visit www.vifm.us.

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The Veterans Institute for Film and Media (VIFM), a Dallas Film educational initiative, has announced its search for a sculptor to create the organization’s first-ever “Art for Heroes Award,” which will be presented in recognition of recipients’ contributions to the US military.

Future honorees will be persons who are dedicated to ensuring veterans are recognized for their service and supported when they end their tour of duty. Honorees will also exemplify a commitment to helping veterans ease their transition back into civilian life. The inaugural presentation will be made in September 2019.

“Our mission at VIFM is to prepare veterans for careers in film and media production through education, mentorships and job placements,” said Maggy Croxville, director of the Institute and a former Marine. “The Art for Heroes Award is an extension of this program that seeks to honor men and women who use art to chronicle the military experience, preserve the legacy of those who have served, and support and encourage veteran artists. Narrative art is a powerful tool that illustrates a story or experience by using a central moment to tell a whole story. Our goal for this sculpture is to create a piece of work that resonates with veterans from all branches of service and walks of life, as well as civilians. We are hopeful the piece will serve as a source of inspiration for years to come.”

The award must be portable for recipients to take to their office or home and replicable so it can be recreated for future honorees. The design should honor compassionate service and selfless dedication to those who protect our nation and, in the broader sense, acknowledge the unique way art reflects and enriches lives. The award should promote patriotism, commitment and dignity.

“We request the proposals contain a statement of interest or intent, a resume or short biography, two reference letters, visual support materials of past projects – digital or print (photos not to exceed 30, videos not to exceed 20 minutes and prints not to exceed 30), as well as a description of the project, including concept and approach, and proposed material. We are thrilled to open this request for proposal to artists from all over the nation, and we encourage artists who are also veterans to apply.”

Proposals must contain all costs to design and manufacture the proposed artwork, including delivery to the VIFM office. It should also include costs for reproduction for future editions. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2019. All proposals will be evaluated by a panel of art professionals, military veterans, funders and Dallas Film/VIFM staff members. All proposals will be evaluated for artistic excellence, embodiment of the design criteria and cost, as well as if the artist serves or served in the military. The winner will be notified by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2019. The completed piece must be at the Dallas office no later than 5:00 p.m on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Electronic submissions should be sent to: admin@vifm.us.

All mailed submissions should be sent to:

Dallas Film Society, Inc.

ATTN: VIFM Art for Heroes

110 Leslie Street, STE 200

Dallas, TX 75207

 

For additional information on the Veterans Institute for Film and Media, please visit vifm.us. To request more information about the award or request for proposal, please contact Maggy Croxville at maggy@vifm.us

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Dallas Film is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival.

 

“We are proud to present the award recipients of this year’s Dallas International Film Festival,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & president of Dallas Film and executive director of Dallas International Film Festival. “Film is a labor of love, a medium for sharing our ideas, passions, interests and stories. We thank everyone who submitted their work to Dallas IFF. Putting your film out for the world to see is like opening a piece of your mind and heart for the world to experience. We applaud you for contributing to the film industry because films have the power to change our lives outside the theater in tangible ways.”

 

Award Recipients of the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival:

 

Dallas County Historical Society (DCHS) Historical Film

$1000 Cash Prize

Seadrift, Tim Tsai

 

Short Film Competition

 

Grand Jury Award – Animated Short

$500 Cash Prize

Reneepoptosis, Renee Zhan

 

Grand Jury Award – Documentary Short

Sony Camera Prize

Mack Wrestles, Taylor Hess & Erin Sanger

 

Special Jury Award – Narrative Short

Okaasan (mom), Kana Hatakeyama

 

Grand Jury Award – Narrative Short

Sony Camera Prize

Rapaz, Felipe Gálvez

 

Texas Film Competition

 

Special Jury Award, Emerging Filmmaker

Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes, Graham Carter

 

Grand Jury Award

$35,000 Panavision Camera Package Grant

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius

 

Documentary Feature Competition

 

Special Jury Award

Caballerango, Juan Pablo González

 

Grand Jury Award

Sony Camera Prize

Always in Season, Jacqueline Olive

 

Narrative Feature Competition

 

Special Jury Award, Best Screenplay

Sister Aimee, Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann

 

Grand Jury Award

Limited Theatrical Release by Studio Movie Grill

Ms. Purple, Justin Chon

 

“We are extremely grateful to all of the individuals who participated as jury members and spent hours deliberating the recipients of the awards for the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival,” said James Faust, artistic director for Dallas Film. “With more than 150 films screened, we know that it was not an easy task of choosing the winners for each category. We are appreciative of your time and dedication to serving the filmmakers who participated in this year’s festival.”

 

Audience Award Winners:

 

Short Film – Queen’s New Clothes, Ashley Bush

 

Documentary Feature – Live from the Astroturf, Alice Cooper, Steven Gaddis

 

Narrative Feature – This World Won’t Break, Josh David Jordan

 

Jurors and Bios:

 

Dallas County Historical Society Jury

The Dallas Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. Offering education programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions and other special events, this organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas. We endeavor to encourage historical inquiry and maintain the importance and relevance of history today. Our collection of archival material – including historic photographs, diaries, journals, papers, periodicals, maps, and books – is available to researchers. Formed in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the oldest organization in Dallas County committed to preserving the history of the region and presenting it to the public in innovative and informative ways.

 

Short Film Jury

 

Tom Oyer

Tom Oyer is associate director, Member Relations and Awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, where he oversees all aspects of the Documentary and Short Film categories, including rules, eligibility submission and voting. Oyer is in his eleventh year at the Academy.

 

Laura Moss

Laura is a director and production designer from New York City. Her work has screened at MoMA, Tribeca, SXSW, Sundance, Telluride, Berlin and Cannes. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, an IFP Emerging Storyteller and has earned jury awards for her films at Tribeca, SXSW, Melbourne International Film Festival and Hollyshorts. Laura is an alumna of NYU’s graduate film program. Her first feature will be produced by Fangoria Films in 2019.

 

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy is the Director of Programming & Operations at NewFest, New York's LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization. Nick curates and manages the annual New York LGBTQ Film Festival – which celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2018 – in addition to NewFest’s year-round programming, including the community-driven monthly series NewFest at The Center Presents and the retrospective series Coming out Again at Quad Cinema. Prior to NewFest, Nick served as the Film Curator at The Tank, and worked in academic publishing and international media. Nick has written about film and media for publications including Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, NBC News, and the Boston Phoenix.

 

Texas Film Jury

 

David Blue Garcia

David is an Emmy award-winning Director / DP working in commercials, documentaries and narrative films and based in Austin, Texas. He has lensed 6 independent feature films as a cinematographer including his feature length directorial debut, TEJANO. At its world premiere, TEJANO won the Audience Award at the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival.

 

Milan Chakraborty

Milan Chakraborty is a 15-year veteran of the film industry after a career as an auditor/Certified Public Accountant. He started his career at Warner Bros. ("WB") and New Line Cinema ("NLC”), where he performed detailed reviews of 10 feature film productions with budgets ranging from $5 - $200 million. Productions include: WB: BATMAN BEGINS – London; DUKES OF HAZZARD – Baton Rouge!; V FOR VENDETTA – Berlin and NLC: HISTORY OF VIOLENCE – Toronto. In 2008, Milan left the big studios to focus on independent films, and has since produced 13 features including the 2014 film WHERE HOPE GROWS, which won the HEARTLAND AUDIENCE AWARD in 2014 and world premiered at DIFF, 2013 Sundance competition film THE LIFEGUARD starring Kristen Bell directed by Liz Garcia and MY FRIEND DAHMER directed by Marc Meyers, released in November 2017 and “certified fresh” by ROTTEN TOMATOES. He was recently an Executive Producer for the Sam Levinson directed film, ASSASSINATION NATION, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and sold to NEON and AGBO. Milan has world premiered 2 films at DIFF, WHERE HOPE GROWS and ROCK SLYDE, his first film, in 2009 - both written/directed by CHRIS DOWLING of Richardson.

 

Jim Brunzell

Jim Brunzell III was born in the 70's, played sports in the 80's, went to school in the 90's, and started working on film festivals in the 2000's. He is the Artistic Director for the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) in Austin, TX and the 32nd annual festival will take place August 22-25, 2019. He was named a “Top 10 Local Queer Hero” by the Austin Chronicle in 2016 saying, “It says a lot when an ally makes the list, but as Artistic Director of aGLIFF, Brunzell has done a bang-up job curating the film festival and screenings for the entire LGBTQ spectrum.” He is also the Festival Director for the music/film/art festival Sound Unseen in the Minneapolis, MN, which was just named "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2016" by Moviemaker Magazine and will be celebrating its 20th annual festival, November 13-17, 2019. He has served on numerous film festival juries and is also a big sports nerd.

 

Documentary Feature Jury

 

Meredith Shea

Meredith Shea is an Associate Director of Member Relations and Awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. She oversees the Animated Feature and Foreign Language film Oscar categories, along with the Directors, Film Editors and Writers branches. She has participated on panels at Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Flanders CONNeXT at Film Fest Gent and served on juries for the Cleveland International Film Festival and Milwaukee Film Festival. Miss Shea began her career in the arts at Everett Collection, the Manhattan film archive and photo agency. She is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York City.

 

Jon Olshefski

Jonathan Olshefski is an artist and documentary filmmaker. In 2017 he was named as one of 25 New Faces in Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and mentioned in the New York Times as one of “The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch.” His debut feature documentary, QUEST, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be selected for over 75 festivals internationally where it won multiple awards including prizes at: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, and the Milwaukee Film Festival. Olshefski strives to tell intimate and nuanced stories that honor his subjects’ complexity by employing a production process that emphasizes collaboration, dialogue, and relationship to amplify their voices and reflect their points of view in an artful way. He has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and is an Associate Professor at Rowan University where he teaches in the department of Radio, TV, and Film. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.

 

Bart Weiss

Bart Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and director/founder of the Dallas VideoFest, which produces, DocuFest, Alternative Fictions, the Ernie Kovacs award, the 24 hour video race and the North Texas Universities Film Festival. He is the artistic director of 3 stars Jewish Cinema. He produces the TV show “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV. He is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where he teaches film and video. He was President and Chair of AIVF and was a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, and United Features Syndicate. He currently writes for Student Filmmaker Magazine and TheaterJones.com. Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.

 

Narrative Feature Jury

 

Christine Davila

Before her role as Creative Executive at Stage 13 where she found and developed short form digital episodic series, she spent over ten years screening hundreds of independent films, focusing on Spanish language and U.S. Latino as a freelance programming associate for film festivals like Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, Morelia Film Festival and the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her goal is to promote awareness to diverse and compelling stories that cross genres and borders. She also wants to define the conversation of what “Latino” means.

 

Josephine Decker

Part of Time Warner's 150 incubator, Sundance's New Frontier Lab and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker has been said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” by The New Yorker, Her newest feature Madeline’s Madeline World Premiered at Sundance 2018 where it was called a “mind-scrambling masterpiece” by Indiewire and a “radical, breathtaking beauty” by The Village Voice. The film was recently nominated for Best Picture and lead Helena Howard for Breakthrough Actor at IFP’s Gotham Awards and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations as well.  Josephine premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to similarly rave reviews.  Josephine is currently in post-production on her fourth narrative feature starring Elisabeth Moss about the writer Shirley Jackson and just directed an episode of HBO’s Room 104.  Her documentary, film and music video work has shown at the Museum of the City of New York, on Netflix, PBS and MTV and at hundreds of film festivals around the world. 

 

Casey Baron

Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his time there, he was the Team Leader and Personal Assistant to film industry veteran Paul Cohen, the program’s Executive Director. Beyond that creative venture, Casey has also been an editor on a handful of literary magazines, including FSU’s The Kudzu Review and Miami Dade College’s AXIS Creative Arts Magazine. Casey has been a part of the Austin Film Festival family for three years running; starting off as an intern before climbing the ladder to become the festival’s Shorts Programmer for its 25th anniversary. He’s excited to jump into his new role as the Senior Film Program Director, and continuing the organizational and personal mission of championing storytellers. When he’s not racing to find interesting stories, Casey spends his spare time watching basketball and soccer, listening to music, and playing with his dog Niobe.

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Dallas Film is proud to host Dallas area students for High School Day during the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival powered by Capital One. Students who participate in the Dallas Film High School Roundtable Program powered by Capital One – are invited to a full day of film panels, workshops and screenings on April 16.

This year’s High School Day is themed around the “Avengers,” with the highly anticipated new film, Avengers: Endgame, set to be released on April 26. More than 500 students, teachers and chaperones will be broken into groups to rotate through five different topics related to film and media production.

“We can’t wait to give hundreds of students access to working professionals in the film industry on High School Day,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Dallas Film and Executive Director of Dallas International Film Festival. “Dallas Film is committed to arts education, and this program allows us to show students how their dreams can become reality. We’re thankful to everyone in the industry who gives their time to make this event possible.”

Panels and workshops for the day include: “Set Design on a Budget” hosted by Mercury One’s Chuck Ekl, “Shot Smarts: Enhancing your Story through the Camera” taught by filmmaker Rebecca Flores, and “Old Joe and the Story Circle” presented by Shaun Colon of [open-ended] films.

Some of the students in attendance at High School Day will also be showing their own films during the festival. Ryan Schwenn from New Tech High in Coppell, who was recently named Coppell Chamber student of the month, will air his film, Lights On, during the high school shorts block. This will be the second year for Makayla Hoover to air a film during DallasIFF. Her film Denim will also debut during the high school shorts block.

High School Day includes lunch and gifts of commemorative t-shirts sponsored by Southern Methodist University. The event is also made possible through a crew of volunteers and Mercury One, a nonprofit which sponsors the High School Roundtable. Mercury One’s mission, in part, aims to take action through educational initiatives.

“Dallas Film is proud to support Title I schools through the Roundtable Program,” said Michele Goodson, Director of Education for Dallas Film. “We value creating opportunities for schools across the DFW area and are eager to nourish the next generation of artists.”

The Dallas Film Roundtable Program strives to develop the next generation of filmmakers, recognize student achievement and celebrate student films. The program also provides educational programs and acts as a resource for educators. Teachers or administrators interested in joining next year’s Roundtable Program can contact Michele Goodson at mgoodson@dallasfilm.org.

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Today, people will gather in West Village to celebrate the opening night of the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival powered by Capital One. The festival will run from April 11 to April 18 with screenings at The Magnolia and Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane. Dallas Film is pleased to share a few new announcements as festivalgoers eagerly prepare their schedules in anticipation of an amazing festival experience. These updates include a new film added to the mix, live musical entertainment and an overview of the grand prize.

 

“To start, we are excited to share that Joe Berlinger, director of the Ted Bundy movie ‘Shockingly Wicked, Extremely Evil and Vile,’ will do a Q&A following the screening of the film on opening night,” said James Faust, artistic director of Dallas Film. “We are also thrilled to announce that we have added the film ‘One Child Nation’ to the mix of films that will be screened during this year’s festival. Nanfu Wang’s new documentary is an unflinching exposé on China’s one-child policy. This film comes from Amazon Studios and will be added to our Premiere Series Section.”

 

Screenings for “One Child Nation” will be held on Monday, April 15, at 7:15 p.m. at The Magnolia and on Tuesday, April 16, at 1:15 p.m. at The Magnolia. The film’s runtime is 85 minutes. To view the full schedule for the festival, please visit http://dallasiff.org/schedule/

 

“In addition to adding this new film, we are delighted to announce the schedule of events for the live music stage which we are calling the ‘South Alley Stage,’” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & president of Dallas Film and executive director of Dallas International Film Festival. “This is a great opportunity to bring people together to celebrate film and music, as we are huge advocates of exposing people to the arts. Some of the live music will be performed by actors and musicians featured in the films.”

 

South Alley Stage Schedule:

 

April 11 – Opening Night – Castro at 9:00 p.m.

April 12 – Nothing Stays the Same – Cari Hutson at 7:00 p.m.

April 13 – This World Won’t Break – Greg Schroeder at 10:00 p.m.

April 14 – Hand Drawn Records Showcase at 7:00 p.m.

April 15 – Cure for Paranoia at 7:00 p.m.

April 16 – Live from the Astroturf – Dallas Cooper at 7:00 p.m.

April 17 – After So Many Days – Jim and Sam at 8:30 p.m.

 

“As for our final announcement, we would like to wish all the filmmakers the best of luck as judging commences this week,” said Brownlee. “Awards will be announced on Sunday, April 14, and the grand prize is a national release through Studio Movie Grill. It’s going to be our best fest yet, and we encourage everyone to join us and see all the new changes we have made to provide an exceptional festival experience for all who attend.”

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Dallas Film announced the full lineup for the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) powered by Capital One. The films include five World Premieres, one U.S. Premiere, 37 Texas Premieres and 15 Dallas Premieres. The festival, which is the largest film festival in North Texas, will be held April 11 to April 18, with screenings at Magnolia Theater, West Village in Uptown Dallas; Studio Movie Grill, Royal Lane; and Dallas Museum of Art. 

 

“We are excited to offer DIFF supporters an exceptional lineup featuring more than 130 films from more than 35 countries,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & president of Dallas Film and executive director of Dallas International Film Festival. “Each year we strive to improve the customer experience and we are pleased to announce that we will offer a music stage and live performances 7 of the 8 days of the festival. In addition, we are partnering with Atom tickets as the first film festival to offer reserved seating, which includes a section of premium seats for Star Pass holders.”

 

In addition to showcasing a diverse range of films, the festival boasts Q&A sessions with filmmakers, nightly red carpets, films produced by area students and veterans, award presentations, live music performances each night and engaging activities. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to meet filmmakers and actors from both major and independent films.

 

“At DIFF, we understand that film is the most relatable art form and connects individuals through shared experiences,” said James Faust, artistic director of Dallas Film. “Hundreds of hours went into hand selecting the films that will be screened at DIFF, and our goal is to offer a variety of fascinating, heartwarming, educational and insightful films that will be thought-provoking and relatable to DIFF festivalgoers. We have many engaging and entertaining events planned throughout the festival and are eager to provide a memorable festival experience for all who attend.”

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To prepare festivalgoers for the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) powered by Capital One, Dallas Film will host “How To Fest” at Studio Movie Grill Royal Ln. (11170 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75243) on March 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7:00 p.m. Festival pass holders, Dallas Film members and the public are invited to attend this free, fun, informative event. Studio Movie Grill is honored to partner with DIFF as a premium sponsor and to host DIFF events and movie screenings at its newly renovated Royal Lane location.

 

“How To Fest is an event to bring together festivalgoers and those interested in learning more about DIFF for a festival preview in which we answer questions and give helpful tips on navigating the festival,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Dallas Film and Executive Director of Dallas International Film Festival. “The festival team will walk through details of how passes, lines and reserved seating will work. We highly recommend this event for first timers and veterans alike, as we have some exciting changes in store for this year’s festival – namely the availability of reserved seating through Atom Tickets.”

 

“How To Fest” will also feature previews of the films that will be screened, giveaways and swag. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

“The Studio Movie Grill team is delighted to show appreciation for DIFF movie lovers and movies,” said Brian Schultz, Founder/CEO Studio Movie Grill. “We believe film is the most expressive form of storytelling, and that sharing a meal with family and friends is a timeless tradition. The opportunity to combine these with the DIFF experience is the inspiration behind the partnership between Studio Movie Grill and Dallas Film. Our mission is to open hearts and minds one story at a time and we value our partnership with DIFF and promise to deliver a memorable entertainment experience to every guest, every time.”

 

2019 Pass Information:

 

Star Pass—$500

($250 Discount for Industry Professionals)

Benefits: Premium Seating and Access to Opening Night Gala, Centerpiece Screenings, Regular Screenings, Parties, Panel Discussions and Festival Lounge. Early Access to Reserve Premium Seats.

 

Festival Pass—$250 (Includes Festival Lounge Access)

Benefits: Regular Screenings, Parties, Panel Discussions and Festival Lounge. Early Access to reserve General Seats for all Screenings. (Note: Does not include Opening Night Gala or Centerpiece Screenings)

 

Film Pass—$100 (just movies)

(Film Pass Student & Senior Discount—$75)

Benefits: Access to all Regular Screenings and Panel Discussions.

 

To purchase passes, please visit https://dallasfilm.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/1710 or go to www.dallasfilm.org

 

 

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Roughly 60 to 85 percent of the 20,000 Texans who separate annually from military service do not have jobs waiting for them. Though many businesses say they support veterans, few have programs specifically focused on easing the transition from military to civilian life. However, one of Dallas Film’s premier educational initiatives – the non-partisan Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM) – teaches veterans how to transfer their unique skillsets to jobs in media production and reintegrate into the civilian community.

 

“We are pleased to announce that VIFM is currently accepting applications for Film Basic Training, an introductory film and media production course that offers an innovative curriculum taught by engaged instructors and industry professionals,” said Maggy Croxville, director of the Institute and a former Marine.

 

Kimberly Wilson, a graduate from the inaugural VIFM Film Basic Training class, encourages any veteran with an interest in or passion for film, TV or digital content production to apply.

 

“I retired from the Army after serving nearly a quarter century and found it challenging to reconnect when I came back home,” said Wilson. “I was accepted into VIFM Film Basic Training and, although everything was new and unfamiliar, all the vets in the program quickly bonded into a team. It was the first time I sensed  that my military experience would be a good fit for film and media production. Film Basic Training provided us with a safe place to learn how to make that transition.”

 

The next session of Film Basic Training begins the evening of May 6. The application deadline for this session is March 8. The three-month program is completely free of charge (except for a $20 application fee) to all honorably discharged United States veterans. Class size is limited to 12 students. VIFM is funded through donations from private philanthropists including Barb and Scott Weiszhaar and Maggy and David Croxville, as well as sustaining corporate sponsors Capital One, Mercury One and Hewlett-Packard.

 

“It’s our turn to serve those who have served on our behalf,” said Croxville. “We are honored to give our country’s veterans the chance to grow and learn in a field that offers opportunities all over the world; if you know how to tell a story, you can tell it anywhere.”

 

VIFM is the brainchild of Johnathan Brownlee, President and CEO of Dallas Film.

 

“The idea came to me a few years back while working on a film with a talented first assistant director,” said Brownlee. “When I learned that he and several other crewmembers were former military, I had a light bulb moment: the reason this was a particularly knowledgeable, competent and capable crew was, in fact, because of their military background. I wanted to create a program offering other veterans the opportunity to turn their military skills into successful media production careers, and I knew Dallas Film was the perfect place to accomplish this.”

 

Veterans interested in applying should visit http://vifm.us/application/. For questions or more information, please email Maggy Croxville, VIFM Director, at maggy@vifm.us or contact her by telephone at 972.695.3810 x5000.

 

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Dallas Film is delighted to announce that passes for the 13th annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) powered by Capital One are now on sale. The festival, which is the largest film festival in North Texas, will be held from April 11 to April 18 with screenings at Magnolia Theater, West Village in Uptown Dallas, Studio Movie Grill, Royal Lane and at the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional venues to be announced later.

 

“Our goal is to bring people together to celebrate a relatable art form that connects individuals through shared experiences,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Dallas Film/Executive Director of Dallas International Film Festival. “We are pleased to offer festivalgoers the opportunity to acquire the pass that best suits the needs of the festival experience they desire. This year, we are offering a Star Pass, Festival Pass, Film Pass and a discounted Student and Senior Pass. Individual tickets will be available once the full scheduled is announced. We are eager to connect thousands of people through film at DIFF2019.

 

In 2018, DIFF welcomed more than 100 filmmakers, screened more than 130 films from 22 countries and achieved an attendance of more than 80,000. In addition, the festival screened several movies that were released nationwide later in the year including “Eight Grade,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Dead Pigs,” and “Blindspotting.” The nonprofit organization is finalizing plans for DIFF2019 and anticipates an even more successful festival this spring. In addition to showcasing a diverse range of films, the festival boasts Q&A sessions with filmmakers, nightly red carpets, films produced by area students and veterans, award presentations, live music performances each night and engaging activities. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to meet filmmakers and actors from both major and independent films.

 

2019 Pass Information:

 

Star Pass-$500

($250 Discount for Industry Professionals)

Benefits: Premium Seating and Access to Opening Night Gala, Centerpiece Screenings, Regular Screenings, Parties, Panel Discussions and Festival Lounge. Early Access to Reserve Premium Seats.

 

Festival Pass--$250 (Includes Festival Lounge Access)

Benefits: Regular Screenings, Parties, Panel Discussions and Festival Lounge. Early Access to reserve General Seats for all Screenings. (Note: Does not include Opening Night Gala or Centerpiece Screenings)

 

Film Pass—$100 (just movies)

(Film Pass Student & Senior Discount—$75)

Benefits: Access to all Regular Screenings and Panel Discussions.

 

This year in order to offer our guests a better customer experience, we will offering reserved seating. Star Pass holders will have an opportunity to reserve premium seats. Pass holders with screening privileges must be checked in 20 minutes prior to screening time to guarantee a seat. All seating and Festival Lounge access is first-come, first-served. Latecomers will be admitted on a space-available basis at the discretion of Dallas International Film Festival. RSVP and access tickets are required to attend pending Screenings and Special Events.

 

To purchase passes, please visit https://dallasfilm.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/1710 or go to www.dallasfilm.org

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Dallas Film recently honored Trammell S. Crow with The Stodghill Award at the 2019 Spotlight Luncheon at Four Corners Brewing Company. The Stodghill Award recognizes individuals for their long-term philanthropic efforts on behalf of the art of film. Proceeds from the luncheon benefited The Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM) powered by Capital One. VIFM is an innovative program of Dallas Film that prepares veterans for careers in film, TV and digital content production through education, mentorships and job placements.

 

“Trammell is actively involved in the arts and is a philanthropic stalwart in the Dallas community,” said Johnathan Brownlee, president and CEO of Dallas Film. “He is, and has been, a steadfast supporter of Dallas Film and the Dallas film community for many years. Most recently, his involvement extends to include the founding of EarthxFilm, a festival that uses the power of film and emerging media to raise awareness of environmental and social global issues. Dallas Film owes much of our continued success to Trammell. We are proud to call him our friend and honored to present him with the Second Annual Stodghill Award.”

 

The Stodghill Award was created in honor of two of Dallas Film’s most ardent supporters, Steve and Anne Stodghill. The award itself is a signature sculpture designed by Brad Oldham Sculpture. In his faceted Art Deco style, Oldham sculpted a Thespis-like character sitting in a movie theater chair with his comedy and tragedy masks in one hand and a bucket of popcorn in the other.  The award design serves to express the concept that the viewing experience is highly relatable and timeless while ultimately democratizing the industry, as anyone can be transported via the story told.

 

“I cannot think of a person more committed to philanthropy and support of film in Dallas than Trammell S. Crow,” said Steve Stodghill. “With his support, organizations such as Dallas Film have flourished and provided a variety of services and programs to the Dallas community. Proceeds from this luncheon benefited a very unique Dallas Film program, the Veterans Institute for Film & Media, which exists to support veterans in a nonpartisan and humanistic endeavor, integrate them into the civilian community and help them develop and transfer unique qualities to media production.”

 

America has been at war for more than 17 years – the longest period since the Vietnam War. More than 2.5 million men and women have served since 9/11, and more than 1.5 million have separated from the service since then. Today, more than 500 service members will become civilians, and 65-80 percent of them have not lined up a job to help them reenter the civilian workforce. The goal of the Veterans Institute for Film & Media is to unite U.S. veterans with the civilian community.

 

“Many veterans find it difficult to reintegrate into their communities,” said Brownlee. “They have a hard time answering the question ‘Who am I now I no longer wear the uniform?’ However at VIFM, we help them find ways to transfer many of the skills they may not even know they possess into a new team and a new mission. VIFM pairs them with a job that provides meaningful, fulfilling work that can be performed in any city in any market around the world and allows them to be independent entrepreneurs. With the help of those who supported the luncheon, we will be able to assist even more veterans.”