Supporters & Leadership
The Dallas International Film Festival would not exist without the dedication, hard work and support from our Board of Directors, our Circle of Stars and Dallas Film Society Members, and our Corporate Sponsors.
Lee Papert – CEO & President, Dallas Film Society and Executive Director, Dallas International Film Festival
Mark Denesuk – Chairman of the Board
Liener Temerlin – Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Michael Cain – Founding Artistic Director
Jeff West – Founding Director
Dallas Film Society Board of Directors
The DFS Board of Directors is chaired by Mark Denesuk and is made up of members from the Dallas business, film and cultural communities who use their expertise to guide the Film Society and tirelessly fund raise for the DFS and the Festival.
Circle of Stars
Members of the Circle of Stars receive an array of benefits and privileges created to maximize their experience with the Dallas Film Society. Their generous donations help fund our year-round mission.
Our Corporate Sponsors are businesses from around the country and from our very own community that help us put on the Dallas International Film Festival. These institutions invest in the arts by providing awards packages to our filmmakers and giving equipment and monetary support that allow us to bring extraordinary films and filmmakers to Dallas. Please choose them for your professional projects.
DALLAS STAR AWARDBILL 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)
L.M. KIT CARSON
DAVID 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.
SHINING STAR AWARDZOEY 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.