The Dallas Film Society launched this year’s Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), which ended this past week, on April 9. An annual affair, this year’s festival ran from March 30-April 9 and featured more than 150 films on its roster, with showings at various venues across the city. Offering a little bit of everything in terms of genres, which isn’t unusual for an event such as this, but what makes DIFF a stand-out affair is the atmosphere. Working to develop the type of ambiance that truly celebrates cinema combined with all of the creativity required to go into the making of a film, Dallas event organizers incorporate the honoring of each component into the finished product.
DIFF 2017 Success: Honoring Filmmakers Worldwide & Promoting Texas Internationally
Be it a dramatic short film or an action-packed blockbuster; whether you’re the director or a costume designer, producer or grip, DIFF celebrates the work and the art put into each position and each film. This passion at the festival is actually palpable – not only in the process but the people that work towards its implementation. Visitors to Dallas for these events find it a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and one that holds no discrimination again film fan, versus panel participant – everyone is included.
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This year featuring a high school day, a Latino day, as well as a strong focus on home-grown, grassroots talent, DIFF’s attendance has grown strongly over the years, and visitors participated in a great number of activities and film screenings that left a broad “footprint” over Dallas. Larger in scope and facilities, this year’s event entailed a family outdoor screening of the movie “Pete’s Dragon” as well as components such as event receptions, panel presentations, movie showcases, awards (this year honoring Bill Paxton posthumously, as an award-winning Texas actor and filmmaker), and a time slot for North Texas College Shorts. The venues and event arrangements made attending DIFF absolutely incredible for individuals, industry representatives, as well as families.