Please visit the GUESTS section of the site for photos of recent and past visiting artists for
KidFilm and the Spring Festival, as well as our other year-round programs.
All programs are open to the public. Members receive additional and free screenings throughout the year.
We have 46 years of program archives; We display only a few samples of programs on our site.
The Festival also has working partnerships with hundreds of local and area organizations (cultural, social service, health, film/video, etc.) to present our year-round programs. Contact us for additional information at any time.
We're a 50-Day Film Festival!
SPRING FESTIVAL (46 YEARS RUNNING)
Annual curated showcase featuring an eclectic line-up of the best new American films and foreign works (shorts and features), Tributes to Master Artists, presentations by filmmakers (in attendance for all films), and the 39th Annual International Short Film & Video Competition. Filmmakers receive travel and lodging to present their films. Filmmaker guests include master artists, mid-career artists and emerging talents.
47th Annual USA Film Festival, April dates TBA, 2017
Recent programs can be viewed below. To request a schedule of events for an upcoming program, send an email request marked "spring fest schedule" to: usafilmfest@aol.
Studio films that have premiered or previewed at KidFilm include THE LEGO MOVIE, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, ICE AGE, NANNY MCPHEE, CURIOUS GEORGE, A WRINKLE IN TIME, THE SECRET OF KELLS, AKEELAH AND THE BEE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, MILLIONS, and many more!
KIDFILM® FESTIVAL (33 YEARS RUNNING)
Click here to see Lisa Loeb talking about KidFilm 2016 on "Good Morning Texas."
Annual weekend public program featuring films (features and shorts) for audiences of all ages. Includes Tributes to filmmakers, leaders in media arts for children, and children's book authors with FREE books for all families!
The Festival's weekday KidFilm outreach programs serve over 5,000 DISD teachers and students each year.
Teachers who would like to book an arts-in-education field trip for your class or entire school,
contact the Festival any time of year at 214-821-6300. (Open to grades K-6.)
33rd Annual KidFilm Festival, January dates TBA, 2017
To request a schedule of events, send us an email request marked "KidFilm schedule" to:
Printed KidFilm flyers are available for pick up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas (beginning in January).
To view a PDF of a past year's schedule, click below:
2016 Program Schedule
2015 Program Schedule
2014 Program Schedule
2013 Program Schedule
2012 Program Schedule
2011 Program Schedule
2010 Program Schedule
2009 Program Schedule
WATCH THE OSCARS ON THE BIG SCREEN!
Stay tuned for details on a 2016 viewing party. Funds raised from the Dallas event support the Festival's KidFilm outreach programs for 5,000+ DISD students and teachers.
88th Annual Academy Awards®, February 28, 2016
TRIBUTES TO MASTER ARTISTS
Periodically throughout the year, the Festival honors artists who have
made outstanding individual contributions to the film arts. For a
listing of selected Tributes, please see the TRIBUTES section of the site for directors, actors, writers, cinematographers, editors, composers, etc. honored in recent years.
"MEET THE FILMMAKERS" SCREENINGS
Throughout the year, the Festival hosts screenings of new narrative, animated and documentary
films, with filmmakers in attendance to speak with our audiences. Sample screenings have included: THE HELP with director Tate Taylor and actress Octavia Spencer in attendance; 50/50 with actress Anna Kendrik in attendance; DRIVE with writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn in attendance; THE WALK with writer/director Emilio Estevez and actor Martin Sheen in attendance; PEOPLE LIKE US with writer/director Alex Kurtzman and actor Chris Pine in attendance; HITCHCOCK with writer Stephen Rebello in attendance; 42 with actor Chadwick Boseman in attendance; ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US with director Morgan Spurlock in attendance; IN A WORLD... with writer/director/actor Lake Bell in attendance; LA BARE with director Joe Manganiello in attendance, KINGDOM OF SHADOWS with director Bernardo Ruiz in attendance, MISTRESS AMERICA with Greta Gerwig in attendance, INSIDE OUT with writer/director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera in attendance. For a selected list of other screenings, please see the "MEMBERSHIP" section of the site.
Featured presentations include historical and contemporary classics, cult favorites, animated classics, creature features and restored prints and reissues presented on the BIG SCREEN, frequently with filmmaker guests in attendance. Recent year's screenings have included Journey to the Center of the Earth (with Arlene Dahl, Pat Boone and Diane Baker in attendance), Creature From the Black Lagoon (60th anniversary with Julie Adams in attendance), The Princess Bride (25th anniversary with Rob Reiner in attendance), Rosemary's Baby (40th anniversary with William Fraker in attendance), The Stepford Wives (with Paula Prentiss and Owen Roizman in attendance), Bonnie and Clyde (with Arthur Penn and Dede Allen in attendance), In Cold Blood (with Quincy Jones and Scott Wilson in attendance), In the Heat of the Night (with Quincy Jones and Norman Jewison in attendance), The Magnificent Seven (with Elmer Bernstein in attendance), To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sting (with Henry Bumstead in attendance), They Live (with Meg Foster in attendance), Susan Slade (presented by John Waters with Connie Stevens in attendance), Imitation of Life (50th anniversary with Juanita Moore in attendance), Metropolitan (25th Anniversary with Whit Stillman in attendance); Orson Welles' Othello, Made in U.S.A., Il Sorpasso, Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), Safety Last!, and many more.
For over four decades the USA Film Festival has celebrated and supported filmmakers working in the short format. From first-time filmmakers, to mid-career and master artists, we screen short film works throughout the year during our KidFilm Festival, TexFest program, Spring Festival and our long-running, prestigious Short Film Competition. To date, over $350,000 in cash awards have been distributed and in 2015, over 100 filmmakers received a free DCP conversion of their work to keep.
Filmmakers who have received recognition early in their careers via the Competition include John Lasseter (Tin Toy), Bob Rogers (Ballet Robotique), Mark Osborne (More), Michael Almereyda (Another Girl, Another Planet), Chel White (Choreography for Copy Machine), Billy Bob Thornton (Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade), Don Hertzfeldt (Lily and Jim), Alexander Payne (The Passion of Martin), Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket), Todd Haynes (Superstar), Alan Taylor (That Burning Question), Danny Leiner (Time Expired), Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons), Arthur Dong (Forbidden City, U.S.A.), Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied), Bill Plympton (One of Those Days), and many others. In 2015, Stephen Tobolowsky and Peri Gilpin hosted the Showcase Shorts programs.
Hopefully, you are!
The title of one of our favorite films from the 1960s inspired our super-fun annual fundraiser.
USAFF Board member and restaurateur Abraham Salum hosts the annual private gathering every April at his eponymous restaurant for 100 lucky guests.
The festive evening serves as the kick-off for our Spring Festival and includes a fabulous multi-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by a guest chef flown to Dallas especially for the event. Past star chefs and experts have included legendary wine sommelier Charlie Arturaola, Chef Makoto Suzuki, sake expert Tiffany Dawn Soto, among others. Our guest chef for 2016 will be Vivian Howard, star of the PBS series "A Chef's Life" and proprietor (with husband Benjamin Knight) of Chef & The Farmer restaurant in rural Eastern North Carolina. Master Sommelier Michael Flynn will select the wine pairings and join us for the event! Tickets are $150 per person (limited availability).
Proceeds from the event benefit the year-round operations of the Festival, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
To be added to the invitation list, send us an email request at
and we will send ticket info!
MEMBER SCREENINGS AND PREMIERES
Every month, the Festival hosts premieres and previews of new films, frequently with filmmakers in attendance. See the "MEMBERSHIP" and "HOME" sections of the site for a list of films and filmmaker guests.
For recent events and screenings, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usafilmfestival
TEXFEST and TEXAS FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
Showcase featuring films and filmmakers with connections to the Lone Star State.
AUTHORS AND BOOK EVENTS AT THE FESTIVAL
Throughout the year, the Festival brings authors with their books to Dallas for screenings, discussion and book-signings (100-500 books per session).
A short list of our author guests includes:
James Ellroy, Perfidia
Stephen Rebello, Hitchcock
Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club
Jennifer Grant, Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant
Piper Laurie, Learning to Live Out Loud
John Grisham, Bleachers
James Earl Jones, Voices and Silences
Henry Bromell, Panic
Howard A. Rodman, Savage Grace
Fay Wray, On the Other Hand
Betty Comden, Off Stage
Budd Boetticher, When in Disgrace
Michael Powell, A Life in Movies
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, Too Funny For Words
Stephen Rebello and Edward Margulies, Bad Movies We Love
John Waters, Trash Trilogy and The Obsessions of John Waters
Louis Sacher, Holes
Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
Jack Palance, The Forest of Love
Roger Ebert, Ebert's Little Movie Glossary
Terry Jones, Nicobobinus and The Fly-By-Night
Bernie Brillstein, The Little Stuff Matters Most
Mia Farrow, What Falls Away
Andre Dubus III, House of Sand and Fog
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Dennis Hopper, Out of the Sixties
James Stewart, Jimmy Stewart and His Poems
Mark Frost, The Greatest Game Ever Played
Sam Staggs, Born to be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life
Children's book authors at KIDFILM have included:
Kate McMullan & Jim McMullan
Shane Evans & Taye Diggs
Ed Emberley & Rebecca Emberley
Kimberly Willis Holt
Peter H. Reynolds
Betsy Lewin & Doreen Cronin
Mike Thaler & Jared Lee