Dallas Film today announced Capital One as the new exclusive title sponsor for the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), the Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), the new North Texas Film Festival (NTXFF), and the Mercury One High School Film Roundtable education program. The partnership will allow Dallas Film to serve more constituents, expand into surrounding areas and increase the frequency or service area for current programs.
The partnership underscores Capital One’s commitment to the continued economic growth and cultural development of North Texas.
“Capital One is committed to make DFW a world-renowned hub for innovation and technology, and the arts are a huge component,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, president, Capital One Financial Services. “Our partnership with Dallas Film is bringing STEAM to life and equipping veterans and students with the skills, tools and resources they need to succeed in an ever-changing, digitally driven economy.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with Capital One on our education initiatives and the Dallas International Film Festival,” said Johnathan Brownlee, CEO & President of Dallas Film/Executive Director of Dallas International Film Festival. “Capital One and Dallas Film share a common vision of combining art, technology and commerce to grow a more diverse and thriving North Texas economy.”
April 11 – 18, 2019, the Dallas International Film Festival powered by Capital One, will feature over 150 films from approximately 25 countries. Approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend screenings, outdoor concerts and festival-related activities in West Village, where the Capital One Filmmakers Lounge will host visiting celebrities and festival badge holders. As a result of the partnership, Dallas Film will bring more international filmmakers, celebrities and industry leaders to the Festival, resulting in greater educational and entertainment opportunities for people living in Greater Dallas. The Festival is now accepting submissions, and filmmakers can go to www.withoutabox.com or www.dallasfilm.org for more information.
The Veterans Institute for Film & Media powered by Capital One is an innovative program that prepares veterans for careers in film, TV and digital content production through education, mentorships, and job placements. The support will allow Dallas Film to more than double the number of veterans served each year.
The inaugural North Texas Film Festival powered by Capital One will take place in Fall 2019. Details will be announced at a later date.
The Mercury One High School Film Roundtable powered by Capital One is a program of bi-monthly workshops during the school year for high school teachers and students. Presented by local filmmakers and Dallas film industry professionals, the roundtables cover various aspects of the entertainment and production industry. Dallas Film plans to expand the program and focus on more Title 1 schools in need of outside arts education programs.
“We share a mutual goal with Capital One to help Dallas become a top destination for innovation. In the process, we hope to also increase film, television, and digital media production in our city,” said Brownlee. “By joining together with Capital One, our programs will have a greater reach, and we will positively impact even more lives. We are thrilled about this opportunity and look forward to working together in the coming year.”