International film festival arrives in town

The Dallas Film Society is hosting the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), an annual event that honors “filmmakers worldwide and promotes local filmmakers on an international scale,” according to their website. The festival takes place March 30 to April 8 at locations throughout the city. 

The festival includes film screenings, world premieres, panel discussions, Q&A sessions where fans can meet the filmmakers and actors, galas, awards ceremonies and other special events throughout the week. 

The Festival kicks off with the annual Art of Film gala, this year honoring Texas native and writer/director, Robert Benton. The three-time Oscar winner, known for his work on “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Superman” (1978), and “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), will be interviewed by former Dallas film critic, Gary Cogill.   

Other highlights include an Animated Film Competition, a seminar on applying for grants from the Austin Film Society and a short film “one-show,” meaning multiple live action and animated short films presented together in one screening. 

The festival is a must for film-major students and is great fun for the general public interested in the magic of film, independent dramas and new discoveries. 

For a full schedule of events, screening dates and ticket information, visit