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Welcome to DIFF 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival—a production of the Dallas Film Society.

Liener Temerlin
With his leadership and decree that “film should be placed on the same pedestal as all of the other arts,” Temerlin founded the Dallas Film Society and the Dallas International Film Festival along with Michael Cain, and served as the Chairman and Festival Director from 2006-2008. Overnight, the Festival became the largest film festival in the southwest, with over 193 films from 25 countries, filling 30,030 seats.

This year’s Festival is in remembrance of our Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Liener Temerlin. We are forever indebted to Temerlin for his depth of support and his dedication to the art of film.

While we’ve continued to evolve as a Festival through the years, our primary mission remains the same: to support the magic of film as an art form by bringing a diverse program of poignant and thought-provoking films to Dallas, honoring filmmakers worldwide, and promoting our local filmmakers on an international scale.

As a part of our 2017 programming, we are especially excited to be taking a look back at the greatest year in cinema history with a special showcase of films from 1967. We’re also thrilled to be collaborating with the new Dallas-based environmental film festival, EARTHx Film. These are just two of the many initiatives contributing to a robust film and film-education experience.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our hardworking team of DIFF volunteers, our Board of Directors, Festival committees, juries and dedicated staff. We are also grateful for the philanthropic spirit of our sponsors, donors and Dallas Film Society members. And, of course we must thank the filmmakers, those passionate individuals who work tirelessly to channel their creativity into films that inspire, excite, unnerve and amaze.

Without the concerted efforts of all involved, this 11-day celebration–with more than 150 films, events and panel discussions–would not be possible.

We welcome you all and look forward to seeing you throughout the Festival.

With gratitude,

Lee Papert
Executive Director
Mark Denesuk
Chairman of the Board
James Faust
Artistic Director

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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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