Deciding which film to see is the hardest part of this Dallas festival
With more than 150 films, events, and panels over 11 days, the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) supports the magic of film as an art form. Many of the events, including a look back at the greatest year in cinema history with a special showcase of films from 1967, will be at The Magnolia in West Village.
DIFF takes place March 30 through April 9, and is a production of the Dallas Film Society. This 11th edition of the festival will feature a special 50th anniversary screening of Bonnie and Clyde during the opening night gala, which is March 30 at Dallas City Performance Hall.
Opening weekend will also bring Centerpiece screenings of Brett Haley’s The Hero and Mark Palansky’s Rememory, both of which made a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In all, the festival will feature films from 31 countries, including 75 features and 47 shorts.
World premieres during DIFF include Craig Elrod’s Mustang Island, Russ Kendall’s Man in the Camo Jacket, Jameson Brooks’s Bomb City, and Micah Barber’s Into the Who Knows!
The whole idea is to bring a diverse program of poignant and thought-provoking films to Dallas. DIFF also honors filmmakers worldwide, and promotes our local filmmakers on an international scale.
David Gordon Green will receive the Maverick Award, and Katharine Houghton will attend a special screening of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Venues for festival screenings and other events include The Magnolia at West Village, Angelika Film Center Dallas, Dallas City Performance Hall, The Highland, Main Street Garden, SMU Meadows Museum, and Texas Theatre.
Check out #DIFF2017 on social media to see ongoing coverage of the events by attendees. Rumor has it a custom Stella Artois Airstream trailer will be parked in South Alley of West Village for the last remaining days of the event.
Full festival passes are now on sale at diff2017.dallasfilm.org. Those who purchase the Festival Pass and the Star Pass will also have access to the Festival Lounge, where filmmakers, press, jurors, and VIPs will be hanging out. A physical box office is located at 3636 McKinney Ave., Suite 130, in West Village.