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The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is committed to providing leadership in screen education. Here's why you should get involved.

Let Dallas International Film Festival broaden your horizons

On April 16-23rd, 2020, the Dallas International Film Festival will be celebrating its 14th-year as the largest film festival in North Texas. Powered by Capital One, the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is committed to providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, screenwriting and digital media. 

Showcasing a large spectrum of work, the DIFF screens the best narrative features, documentaries, and short films, accepting submissions from all over the world. Last year’s DIFF2019 included over 130 filmmakers attending the Texas-sized film party where 124 films were screened from 24 countries, with an attendance of over 15,000.

Screenwriters, get to work!

Through DIFF2020’s “Broaden Your Horizons” screenwriting competition, presented by Event Horizon Films, DIFF offers writers the opportunity to submit scripts for feature films, television pilots and short films. 

Each script will have the opportunity to be reviewed by readers at top Hollywood talent agencies and management companies, including the Abrams Artists Agency, WME, United Talent Agency, Creative Artists Agency, Gersh Agency, Innovative Artists, Circle of Confusion, and Buchwald. Act fast!

The Dallas Film Society makes film accessible

The Dallas International Film Festival is just one of the programs of the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Dallas Film Society. 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. 

With a goal of making the art of film accessible to the community of Dallas, the Dallas Film Society offers year-round screenings, education, training, and operates the largest film festival in North Texas.

Bringing more than just films

The Dallas International Film Festival doesn’t just show films; it showcases and celebrates all types of content. Keeping its focus on the interaction it fosters between storytellers, audiences, and the Dallas community, DIFF brings filmmakers, screenwriters and the local community together.

DIFF2020 boasts international premiere screenings, daring documentaries, eye-opening short films, exciting television content, music documentaries, and a new focus on environmental film-making. The excitement of DIFF isn’t limited to the content, the festival also boasts nightly red carpets and parties, live music performances, filmmaker panels, award presentations, and an enhanced filmmaker hospitality program that includes city tours and more.

At DIFF, filmmakers are invited to participate in a variety of programs throughout the festival. The Q&A sessions after screenings are well attended and lively resources for creators and a series of panel discussions are held throughout the eleven days of the Festival to bolster creativity and feedback. Lastly, Dallas area high schools and universities host masterclasses where filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their work and careers with a new generation of content creators.

Ample opportunities to be noticed

Creators whose work may be overlooked in other film festivals will find their place at DIFF. The festival offers a wide variety of programming strands, so even niche films and shorts have the opportunity to stand out. 

The strands that will be featured in 2020 include: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Short Film Competition, Texas Competition, Animated Short Competition, Premiere Screenings, World Cinema, LatinX Cinema Showcase, Deep Ellum Sounds (Music Films), Family Films, Faith-Based Films, Midnight Specials, Environmental Films, and Special Presentations.

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