The heads of the Dallas and North Texas Film Festivals announced their selections for the Top Ten Films of 2016 during WFAA’s Midday at 8 news broadcast today with Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT, and Park Chan-wook’s THE HANDMAIDEN taking the top three spots among films released in 2016.
James Faust (Dallas International Film Festival), Bart Weiss (Dallas Video Fest), and Justina Walford (Women Texas Film Festival) announced the list of films on the broadcast with WFAA’s Marcus Moore. The films were chosen by executive directors, artistic directors, programmers, and programming consultants of Dallas and North Texas-based film festivals including Faust, Weiss, and Walford, along with Barak Epstein and Jason Reimer (Oak Cliff Film Festival), Amy Yoon (Asian Film Festival of Dallas), Lee Papert (DIFF), and John Wildman (WTxFF).
Dallas and North Texas film festivals’ Top 10 Films of 2016
1. LA LA LAND (DIR: Damien Chazelle)
2. MOONLIGHT (DIR: Barry Jenkins)
3. THE HANDMAIDEN (DIR: Park Chan-wook)
4. TOWER (DIR: Keith Maitland)
5. HELL OR HIGHWATER (DIR: David Mackenzie)
6. DEADPOOL (DIR: Tim Miller)
7. SING STREET (DIR: John Carney)
8. THE LOBSTER (DIR: Yorgos Lanthinmos)
9. THE WITCH (DIR: Robert Eggers)
10. TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ (DIR: Samuel D. Pollard), GREEN ROOM (DIR: Jeremy Saulnier), GIRL ASLEEP (DIR: Rosemary Myers)
Other films cited by the group included: Natalie Portman’s A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS; Marci Wrona’s DEMON; Denzel Washington’s FENCES; Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE; Karyn Kusama’s THE INVITATION; Ferne Pearlstein’s THE LAST LAUGH; Anna Billar’s THE LOVE WITCH; Jeff Nichols’s LOVING; Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS; Hong-jin Na’s THE WAILING; and Elizabeth Wood’s WHITE GIRL.