Festival Awards | 2017 Dallas International Film Festival—March 30-April 9
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Festival Awards

2016 Dallas International Film FestivalThe Dallas International Film Festival awards filmmakers in several categories.

The Dallas Star Awards

The Dallas Star Award honors individuals who have made important contributions to shaping the face of modern cinema and the advancement of the art of film.

The L.M. KIT CARSON MAVERICK AWARD

The Maverick Award honors noted auteurs and groundbreaking filmmakers whose unique cinematic voices challenge our notions of mainstream cinema.

THE SHINING STAR AWARD

The Shining Star Award spotlights next-generation film artists or accomplished film artists making a splash within a different filmmaking discipline.

Festival Awards and Prizes

The Dallas International Film Festival honors the best in filmmaking with a series of prestigious honors and awards.


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DIFF2017 HONOREES

DALLAS STAR AWARD

Bill Paxton BILL PAXTON (POSTHUMOUSLY)

Bill Paxton was an award-winning actor and filmmaker from Texas. In 1992, he landed his first leading role in ONE FALSE MOVE. Paxton went on to star in several hit films including ALIENS (1985), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996) and TITANIC (1997)

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L.M. KIT CARSON
MAVERICK AWARD

David Gordon Green star awardDAVID GORDON GREEN

This year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree is writer/director David Gordon Green. David Gordon Green’s debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

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SHINING STAR AWARD

Zoey Deutch ZOEY DEUTCH

This year’s Shining Star Award Honoree is Zoey Deutch. Zoey Deutch is an actress known for VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016). Most recently, Zoey Deutch starred in two films selected at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL.

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