DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Are you ready for your close up?  Cameras will be popping all over the metroplex as the sixth annual Dallas International Film Festival pulls into town tonight.

The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival starts its 11-day run with a screening of our very own CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor’s new film, Liberal Arts, at the Majestic Theatre, with a post-screening Gala at The Pads. Then, starting Friday, festival goers can enjoy DIFF’s 10 days’ worth of screenings of more than 125 films from nearly 20 countries–nearly all of which can’t be seen anywhere else.

Various venues and movie theaters around the city will host the screenings – check the DIFF website for times and locations.  Many filmmakers and actors will be in attendance with multiple panels and discussions.  Family friendly fare is available with special events and screenings as well as High School Day on Friday 4/13.

The DIFF has given away $400,000 in prizes and hosted nearly 100 filmmakers. Awards for 2012 include: Grand Jury Prize – Narrative Feature; Grand Jury Prize – Documentary Feature; Grand Jury Prize – Animation Short Film, presented by Reel FX Entertainment; Grand Jury Prize – Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Texas Competition; Environmental Visions Award for the winner of the Environmental Visions Competition; and Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.

Last year, the DIFF introduced a new $10,000 Silver Heart Award through the Embrey Foundation. The award, which returns this year, is bestowed to an individual or film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity.

Make sure you take some time to support our local festival and support all the impressive filmmakers who have worked so hard to create meaningful film. The 2012 DIFF officially closes on Sunday, Aprll 22.