By Maddie Grussendorf

Lone Star International Film Festival
November 9 – 13
Sundance Square
Fort Worth, TX

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The Lone Star International Film Festival made a name for itself back in 2007 when it debuted as a vehicle for showcasing moving image art forms within the city of Fort Worth. The festival is held annually by the Lone Star Film Society, which started in 2002 after the original Fort Worth Film Festival died out in 2001. What started as a groups’ desire to applaud the city’s independent artistic integrity has grown to a groups’ mission to bring Fort Worth to a national and even international stage. A mission they’ve executed quite well. In 2007 they had films from 13 different countries. In 2008 LSIFF hosted over 10,000 vendors and partnered with the American Film Festival in Moscow and the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia. Both emerging artists and long-time film legends are honored during the festival through presentation of the LSIFF Rising Star Award and the LSIFF Life Achievement Award.

The 5th Annual LSIFF will be held November 9 – 13 in Sundance Square, and will feature everything from full-length narratives, educational panels and documentaries, to musical acts and animated shorts. And don’t forget to save the date for the second annual Lone Star Film Festival Ball, which will be held November 10 at Bass Performance Hall McDavid Studio in Sundance Square. The funds raised at the ball will go to support programs held throughout the year at LSFS, the Modern Art Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, The Science and History Museum, the Van Cliburn Foundation, and TCU to name a few. T Bone Burnett, winner of last year’s Stephen Bruton Award, will be passing the honor to this year’s recipient: Willie Nelson.

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“The past four years the Lone Star International Film Festival has grown immensely to showcase the art of film in Fort Worth,” says Alec Jhangiani, director of the Lone Star Film Society. “We’re especially excited about this year’s new, refined focus on the current transition in film distribution. The festival will really give emerging talent a place to showcase their work, gain insights from industry experts and discuss ideas about the changing film industry. The Fort Worth community should look forward to the special opportunity to view groundbreaking films not found a theater near you.”

Passes to the festival will range from $25- $200 and those who are already LSFS members will receive a discount. There are four levels of passes: an All Access Pass which is limited to designated supporters within the Lone Star family; the Festival Pass includes access for one to films, parties, screenings and panels, but excludes the Lone Star Film Festival Ball; the Films and Panels Pass includes access for one to all films and priority access to all panels, but excludes parties and screenings; the Movie 6 Pack includes six tickets to any regular screening excluding the opening, closing, and centerpiece films. For more information on pricing, visit Lone Star Film Festival Box Office website.

Special Events include: an Opening Red Carpet & Screening at the AMC Palace 9 Theater on Wednesday November 9, the 2nd Annual Gala at McDavid Studio on Thursday November 10, and Focus Fort Worth Day, which will include screenings for disadvantaged youth at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Festival venues include: Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, McDavid Studio, Modern Art Museum, 8.0’s, Four Day Weekend Theater, Fort Worth Pubilc Library, AMC Palace 9, and the Kimbell Art Museum. For more information visit