Dallas International Film Festival


Years running: 16 (since 2007)

Dallas International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Dallas.


The Festival completed a successful 2012 run in April with 182 films, more than 180 screenings and attendance of over 32,000. In 2013 the Festival will once again span 11 days and feature International Premiere screenings with nightly red carpet entrances at theaters throughout the city, award presentations, filmmaker panels and other special events. Filmmakers of selected films are invited to the Festival to participate in a variety of programs. Question and answer sessions after screenings are well attended and lively. A series of panel discussions are held throughout the eleven days of the Festival. Area high schools and universities serve as the venues for master classes where filmmakers have the opportunity to discuss their films and careers with a new generation of professionals.


Competitions include:

  • Narrative Feature Competition,
  • Documentary Feature Competition,
  • Texas Feature Competition,
  • Shorts Competition,
  • Animated Competition.

Other film categories featured at the Festival are:

  • World Cinema
  • Premiere Series
  • Midnight Specials
  • Latino Showcase
  • Family Friendly
  • Maverick


  • Grand Jury Prize — Narrative Feature (winner receives a $10,000 unrestricted cash prize);
  • Grand Jury Prize — Documentary Feature (winner receives a $10,000 unrestricted cash prize);
  • Grand Jury Prize — Texas Competition;
  • Grand Jury Prize – Short Film;
  • Grand Jury Prize – Animated Short Film;
  • Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film;
  • Audience Awards: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.
  • Silver Heart Award — Presented by the Embrey Family Foundation and bestowed on an individual or film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The Silver Heart Award receives a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Embrey Family Foundation.



  • Feature film submissions must have a minimum running time of 60 minutes;
  • Short film submissions may have a maximum running time of 25 minutes;
  • Selected films must not have had major theatrical release or US broadcast prior to the Festival;
  • Selected films must not have had DVD sales on the Internet prior to the Festival;
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Premiere;
  • Films must be completed after June 25, 2021.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out on-line entry form;
  • Pay entry fees;

Additional Information

Festival agrees to provide for outbound shipping only.

Screening Media Type

  • HD CAM
  • 35 mm
  • Blu-Ray

Audio language:


Subtitles language:


Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

James Faust (Artistic Director); Sarah Harris (Senior Programmer).



United States

Official Website




3625 N. Hall St. – Suite 740
Dallas TX 75219

Phone: 214.720.0555
Fax: 214.720.0551

E-mail: submissions@dallasfilm.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 09, 2022
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 17, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    July 22, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    August 12, 2022
  • Extended Deadline
    August 31, 2022
  • Notifications
    September 08, 2022
  • Event Dates
    14 — 20 October 2022
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Regular Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Earlybird Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Regular Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $80
  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $55
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