Dallas International Film Festival Announces First Films For 2018 Festival


Local film nonprofit Dallas Film Society (DFS) is proud to announce its 12th annual film festival, returning to Dallas for a new eight-day event from Thursday, May 3 to Thursday, May 10. This year, for the first time ever, all competition feature and short film screenings at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place at The Magnolia in Uptown’s West Village shopping center. In honor of its 12th anniversary, Dallas Film is announcing its first 12 films, representing some of the best in the art of filmmaking.

The Dallas Film Society expects close to 100,000 visitors will enjoy DIFF activations at West Village. The 2018 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and will include the 12 films listed below and a series of Special Events including 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), Sunday, May 6. Opening Night Celebration at The Magnolia on Thursday, May 3 followed by a celebration in the streets of West Village. More details to be announced.

2018 DIFF Film Screenings

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor – A film focused on the legacy of Mister Rogers by Academy Award- winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom)
  • McQueen – The fashion motion picture, directed by Ian Bonhôte, offers a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer Alexander McQueen
  • First Reformed – A film directed by Paul Schrader following Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary
  • Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – Directed by Samuel D. Pollard, the film is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America
  • 1985 – Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name by director Yen Tan, the film follows a young man during the wave of the AIDS crisis
  • Eighth Grade –Bo Burnham directs this film about 13-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school
  • Loud Crazy Love (Texas Premiere) – Trey Hill and Scott Mayo direct this music documentary focused on Brian Welch’s (Korn) vicious battle with crystal meth, ultimately finding solace in one place he never thought he could belong: church
  • The Iron Orchard (World Premiere) – The story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oil fields circa 1939 who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter, directed by Ty Roberts
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (Texas Premiere) – A reimagining of the Charles Band classic, from Dallas-Based, Cinestate. This Horror Comedy will headline DIFF’s “Almost Midnight” category.
  • Sons of St. Clair – A music documentary directed by Tim Newfang following Krayzie and Bizzy of iconic R&B group Bone Thugs N Harmony into the recording studio as the duo sets out to prove to the younger generation that they can still create relevant music today
  • Tejano (World Premiere) – Desperate for cash to pay his grandfather's medical bills, a young man resorts to smuggling drugs across the Texas – Mexico border in this film directed by David Garcia


To purchase passes for the 2018 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), please click here. All-Access Star Passes can be purchased online in advance for $500 and include access to Screenings, Galas, Special Events and the Filmmakers Lounge for all 8 days. Individual tickets start at $12 and discounted passes for Students and Senior Citizens can be purchased for $80.

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