Preview The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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Dallas International Film Festival
April 12 to April 22, 2012
For venue info, visit the festival website

Star Pass: $750 This is an all-access and all-inclusive pass.
Festival Pass: $350 This pass covers admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions.

Discount and Industry Pass:
$275 This pass is available to Dallas Film Society members, industry members, students and those over 62-years-old. Purchaser must have required identification. This gives one-person admission to regular screenings and panel discussions.

Festival Lounge Pass: $100  This pass gives you unlimited access to meet and mix with filmmakers in the Festival Lounge.

10-Ticket vouchers: $50 This pass covers admission to 10 regular film screenings. Vouchers must be traded for tickets at the Prekindle Box Office. Vouchers may be shared with friends and family.

The Dallas International Film Festival is scheduled for April 12 –22, 2012. After only five years, this festival has already established itself as one of the premiere film festivals in the U.S. “For each of the first five years of the Dallas International Film Festival we have worked to bring a vibrant mix of international excellence and artistry to the city of Dallas,” said Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust. “This year, I really feel the selection of films we have will offer even more to our audience”

The DIFF has awarded $400,000 in prizes and hosted 934 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.

In 2011, 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.

Animation fans will find much to celebrate at this year’s fest. Legendary animator, director, author and illustrator Glen Keane, best known for his work on Disney classics such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled, was named this year’s honoree for the Texas Avery Animation Award presented by REEL FX. Keane has previously received the prestigious Winsor McCay Award, which is also presented for lifetime achievement in animation.

For the first time since the Festival launched, a Festival Village will be the event’s activity hub, where filmmakers and film fans can mingle and network. CBS Radio will also present its first ever Music Lounge, with a nightly showcase of local music throughout the duration of the fest.

A vital component in the Dallas Film Society’s mission is education. In addition to film festival panel discussions, the DFS holds an annual series of master classes with well-known filmmakers, composers, producers and actors at 33 local high schools and universities. Short films from local high schools and colleges are presented at the film festival every year.

Some films to watch out for this year include:

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Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Director: Xan Aranda

Making its Texas premiere, this concert documentary film offers a peek into the life of unconventional Chicago-born musician and performer Andrew Bird during the culminating months of his last tour. Even if you’re not familiar with Bird’s unique music (a mix of blues, electronic and rock), you’ll enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at a musician’s struggles and successes as he completes his most rigorous tour (150 dates!).

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Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Director: Ryan O’Nan

Producer and DIFF Advisory Board member Jason Berman returns to Dallas with Ryan O’Nan’s feature directorial debut, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. The film is a road trip-musical about two struggling musicians (O’Nan and Michael Weston) who form a band and set off on a trip to achieve their childhood dreams–winning a battle of the bands contest in L.A. Look for cameos by Andrew McCarthy, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Leo, and Jason Ritter.

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Darling Companion

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer and Sam Shepard, this film helmed by Lawrence Kasdan makes its Texas premiere at the DIFF. Darling Companion follows a long-married couple, the lonely Beth (Keaton) and the self-absorbed Joseph (Kline), and how a stray dog alters their marriage and their lives.

For full schedule and lineup, visit or visit the Dallas Film Society’s Facebook page for updates.

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