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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).

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To view the 2017 Schedule of Programs click here.

This year's program schedule 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: 

2017
DECEMBER -- WONDER WHEEL
NOVEMBER -- THE MAN WHO INVENTEST 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 INCONVENIET 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


2016

DECEMBER -- A MONSTER CALLS
DECEMBER
-- JACKIE
DECEMBER -- COLLATERAL BEAUTY
DECEMBER -- PASSENGERS
NOVEMBER -- ALLIED with reception for Members
NOVEMBER -- NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
NOVEMBER -- THE SPACE BETWEEN US
NOVEMBER -- MOANA
NOVEMBER -- MOONIGHT
OCTOBER -- THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN with Hailee Steinfeld in attendance
OCTOBER -- Animation Program with Disney Artist Malcon Pierce
OCTOBER -- GIMME DANGER
OCTOBER -- AMERICAN PASTORAL
SEPTEMBER -- QUEEN OF KATWE with actor David Oyelowo in attendance
SEPTEMBER -- STARVING THE BEAST with filmmakers in attendance
SEPTEMBER --THE DRESSMAKER
SEPTEMBER -- MAX ROSE
AUGUST -- THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
JULY -- CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
JULY -- FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS with actor Simon Helberg in attendance
JULY -- EQUITY with director Meera Menon and actors Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner in attendance
JUNE -- THE BFG
JUNE -- GENIUS
JUNE -- THE CONJURING 2
APRIL -- MAGGIE'S PLAN with writer/director Rebecca Miller in attendance
APRIL -- 46th Annual USA Film Festival (Free programs for members only)

MARCH -- MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
MARCH -- CREATIVE CONTROL (bonus screening)
MARCH -- HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (bonus screening)
FEBRUARY -- TOUCHED WITH FIRE with writer/director Paul Dalio and producer/cinematographer Kristina Nikolova in attendance
FEBRUARY -- ZOOTOPIA
JANUARY -- THE FINEST HOURS

2015
DECEMBER -- THE BIG SHORT with John Magaro in attendance
DECEMBER -- Paolo Sorrentino's YOUTH
NOVEMBER -- THE DANISH GIRL
NOVEMBER -- 25th Anniversary screening of METROPOLITAN with writer/director Whit Stillman in attendance
NOVEMBER -- KINGDOM OF SHADOWS with writer/director Bernardo Ruiz and journalists Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga in attendance
NOVEMBER -- MY ALL AMERICAN
NOVEMBER -- MISS YOU ALREADY
NOVEMBER -- BROOKLYN
NOVEMBER -- LOVE THE COOPERS
OCTOBER -- BRIDGE OF SPIES: THE EXCHANGE - With Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks
(A live satellite Q&A with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will follow the screening)
OCTOBER -- TRUTH with Mary Mapes in attendance
OCTOBER -- OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
OCTOBER -- THE 33
OCTOBER -- SUFFRAGETTE
SEPTEMBER -- MEET THE PATELS
SEPTEMBER -- EVEREST
SEPTEMBER -- SICARIO (with special guests)
AUGUST -- KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET
AUGUST -- A WALK IN THE WOODS
JULY -- MISTRESS AMERICA with actor/co-writer Greta Gerwig in attendance
JULY -- SHAUN THE SHEEP with Shaun in attendance
JUNE -- INSIDE OUT with producer Jonas Rivera and co-writer/director Pete Docter in attendance
JUNE -- ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
JUNE -- NOWITZKI THE PERFECT SHOT with Dirk Nowitzki in attendance
MAY -- BLACK SOULS (ANIME NERE)
APRIL -- FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
MARCH -- 71
MARCH -- KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN
MARCH -- CINDERELLA
FEBRUARY -- RUN ALL NIGHT
JANUARY -- THE HUMBLING



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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