DALLAS, JULY 19, 2010: The DALLAS Film Society announces that submissions for the 5th annual DALLAS International Film Festival are now open as of July 19, 2010. The DALLAS International Film Festival is scheduled for March 31-April 10, 2011. Opening night will be held Thursday, March 31, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House.
“We are especially pleased to announce that Target again will present the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature, with cash awards of $25,000 each,” said James Faust, artistic director, DALLAS International Film Festival. “Target’s support of filmmakers has been a major highlight in the history of our festival, and it is gratifying to be able to recognize the talented films that will compete for these prizes again in 2011.”
Early deadline is Friday, October 29, 2010. Regular deadline is Friday, December 3, 2010. Late deadline is Wednesday, December 17, 2010. A link for film submissions and information on submissions is available at www.dallasfilm.org/call-for-entries. Other questions may be sent to [email protected].
“We have been able to discover some great talent in our submissions in the past and this year will be no exception,” said Sarah Harris, senior programmer, DALLAS International Film Festival. “We are excited to see what filmmakers have been working on and what we will be able to share with audiences in 2011.”
“Target’s generous contribution makes this an especially significant announcement,” said Tanya Foster, president and CEO of DALLAS Film Society and executive director of DALLAS International Film Festival. “We are very grateful for the support of the filmmaking community at large, and of the DALLAS International Film Festival in particular, that Target has provided since the festival’s inception.”
Additionally, the MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award will be awarded to the winner of the Texas Competition, a juried competition that contains features and documentaries shot in or relating to the Lone Star state. The winner of the Texas Competition will receive $20,000 in cash, goods and services from MPS Studios Dallas.
Other awards will include: Grand Jury Prize – Animation Short Film, presented by REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT; Grand Jury Prize – Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film; Environmental Visions Award for the winner of the Environmental Visions Competition; and Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.
“This call for entries marks the official countdown to our 5th Anniversary DALLAS International Film Festival,” Foster continued. “This will be an exciting year as we hold our opening night at the stunning Winspear Opera House in the heart of the new AT&T Performing Arts Center, and as we honor Liener Temerlin.”
The 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival will be dedicated to Temerlin, who founded the Festival and serves as chairman emeritus, said Foster.
“The creative influence of Liener Temerlin has left a mark on the city of Dallas,” said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. “As Mayor, I have always been proud to be a part of the DALLAS International Film Festival, even more so in 2011 when the festival is being dedicated to Liener, a true trailblazer.”
The DALLAS Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the DALLAS Film Society recognizes and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop better understanding of the role of film in today’s world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. The annual DALLAS International Film Festival, scheduled for March 31-April 10, 2011, is a presentation of the DALLAS Film Society. In addition to producing one of the largest festivals in the Southwest, the Society produces numerous year round events, screening series and partnership programs with arts organizations around the city. For more information, call (214) 720-0555, or visit www.dallasfilm.org. The offices of the DALLAS Film Society are located at 3625 North Hall Street, Suite 740, Dallas, TX 75219.
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