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 Welcome to the USA Film Festival, a 48-year-old, Dallas-based, year-round 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition of excellence in the film arts and to bringing filmmakers and audiences together.  We present over 50 days of programs every year -- Think of us as a 50-Day Film Festival!

How did we get our name?  When the Festival was formally created in 1970, it was the first program in the world to exclusively recognize and celebrate The American Filmmaker.  Our program reach may have expanded since then, but we maintain our name and commitment to great works and great filmmakers who inspire us with their talent and dedication.

For Membership information and how to join the Festival and receive FREE preview screenings every month, scroll down this page to the Membership Info area.  Send us an email request for info -- We would love to hear from you!

Filmmakers -- For info on how to submit a film to one of our year-round programs, please visit the "Filmmaker Info" area of the site (click on "Filmmaker Info" TAB located above the rotator).


Next Spring Fest Installment:
48th Annual USA Film Festival
April 25-29, 2018
Angelika Film Center Dallas

Schedule posted in April 2018.
To view the 2017 program (last year's program), see below.

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To view (last year's ) the 2017 Schedule of Programs click here.

Our 2017 program celebrated diversity, equality, relationships and respect for others.

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2017 Winning Short Films include:

First Place Narrative, Minh Tam, Vincent Maury, director
First Place Animation, The History of Magic: Ensueno, Jose Luis Gonzalez & Dano Johnson, co-directors
First Place Non-Fiction, Little Potato, Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller, co-directors
First Place Experimental, Gibberish, Nathalie Biancheri, director
Student Award, Promise, Tian Xie, director
Texas Award, Owen, Kelly Pike, director


Additional Short Film Awards:

Jury Prize, Minor Turbulence, Jared Houseman, director
Performance Award, Sharon Lawrence in Home, Russell Simpson, director
Honorable Mention, Student Film, Ambience, Ji Hyun Kim, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative, The Whole World, Julian Quintanilla, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative, The Language of Ball, Ramon Rodriguez, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative, Zaar, Ibrahim Nada, director
Newcomer Award, Jackson Smith in A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud., Karen Allen, director


To view a list of PAST years winning short films,
click here

 


MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES! JOIN US!
(A partial list of recent Member Screenings is listed below.  To view a list of earlier screenings, click the "Membership" tab at the top of this page.)
Monthly Preview Screenings are FREE to Festival Members.

Contact us and ask for Membership Information at:
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RECENT AND UPCOMING MEMBER SCREENINGS INCLUDE:

2018

APRIL -- LEAN ON PETE with actor Travis Fimmel in attendnace
MARCH -- GRINGO
FEBRUARY -- GAME NIGHT
JANUARY -- FOREVER MY GIRL with actors Alex Roe in attendance

JANUARY -- PHANTOM THREAD

2017
DECEMBER -- WONDER WHEEL
DECEMBER -- ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
DECEMBER -- HOSTILES
DECEMBER -- PADDINGTON 2
DECEMBER -- DOWNSIZING
NOVEMBER -- THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
NOVEMBER -- LAST FLAG FLYING
NOVEMBER -- DARKEST HOUR
NOVEMBER -- COCO
NOVEMBER -- THE SQUARE
OCTOBER -- GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
OCTOBER -- WONDERSTRUCK
OCTOBER -- LUCKY
SEPTEMBER -- STRONGER with Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal in attendance
SEPTEMBER -- BATTLE OF THE SEXES
SEPTEMBER -- MANOLO: THE BOY WHO MADE SHOES FOR LIZARDS
SEPTEMBER -- VICTORIA & ABDUL
SEPTEMBER -- REBEL IN THE RYE
SEPTEMBER -- CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER
SEPTEMBER -- YEAR BY THE SEA
AUGUST -- Opening Day screening of BRIGSBY BEAR with writer/actor Kyle Mooney in attendance
AUGUST -- THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
AUGUST -- AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER with filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
in attendance
JULY -- LADY MACBETH
JULY -- CITY OF GHOSTS
JUNE -- THE BOOK OF HENRY with director Colin Trevorrow in attendance

JUNE -- THE BIG SICK
JUNE -- 75th Anniversary screening of MRS. MINIVER
MAY -- DEAN
MAY -- EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
APRIL -- 47th Annual USA Film Festival (Free programs for Members)
MARCH -- DONALD CRIED
MARCH -- THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT
MARCH -- THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
FEBRUARY -- A UNITED KINGDOM
JANUARY -- Free KidFilm screenings for Members



WEBSITE CONTENT
-- Our website contains historical and basic information about the organization and programs.

Filmmakers can locate information on how to submit works.
Film Fans
can locate information on how to join the Festival and attend our programs.
Sponsors can locate information on how to support our Outreach Programs and Public Events.

A note regarding how your donation funds are spent:  We do not oversupply time and money to website graphics, etc.  Instead, those resources are spent supporting filmmakers by bringing films and filmmakers together with our audiences to present multicultural programs every month, throughout the year.


Recent photos from monthly events and program information can also be found at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/usafilmfestival



PHOTOS
on this site have been provided by photographers and friends Lisa Stewart, Kristina Bowman, Tres Smith, Joe Laird, J. Alan Hansley, Andy Hanson, Wyatt Yates, Sandy Marak, Luer Nguyen, Rebecca Hudson, Knowshi.com, Julio Cedillo, Chet Morrison, Andrew Epps, Kent Kirkley, Stephanie Hastings and the SMU archives.

Special thanks to Chris Stein for the use of his 1975 "selfie" of early Blondie.  The image also appears in Chris' great book of photographs "Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk," published in 2014.  Our thanks to archivist Barry Kramer.  That is Gary Valentine sporting an early USAFF T-shirt.

ARTWORK on the site has been provided by Joe Rocco, Buddy Hickerson and other wonderful artists and friends.






Major Funding

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The USA Film Festival is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the
Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Special Thanks to our Season Sponsors

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