Welcome to the USA Film Festival, a 45-year-old, Dallas-based, year-round 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts and to bringing filmmakers and audiences together.
How did we get our name? When the festival was 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.
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Contact us for info on how to purchase the gift of movies (12 months of free preview screenings of major films before they are released to the general public). The perfect gift for all the Movie Lovers on your list!
44th Annual USA Film Festival
April 22 - 27, 2014
Click here to view the 2014 schedule
2015 Program dates -- April 22 - 26, 2015
Submissions accepted now. Filmmakers please visit the
"filmmaker info" section of our site.
2014 Award-winning Short Films include:
FIRST PLACE / FICTION
One Armed Man, Tim Guinee, director
FIRST PLACE / ANIMATION
Confusion Through Sand, Danny Madden, director
FIRST PLACE / NON-FICTION
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, Matthew VanDyke, director
First Place Winners in the Fiction, Animation and Non-Fiction categories that meet Academy eligibility requirements qualify for consideration from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on Rules & Eligibility for the Academy Awards, please visit www.oscars.org/rules
Samnang, Asaph Polosky, director
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS
5cm, Jordan Schiele, director
Children of the Peacock, Travis Andrade, director
For the Birds, Tara Atashgah, director
A Long Walk, Chinonye Chukwu, director
A Quiet Strength, Bobbie Baird, Hannah Caggiano, Deborah Hammond, Tommaso Spinelli, co-directors
FESTIVAL-AWARDED PRIZES also went to the following official selection short works:
Across Grace Alley, Ralph Macchio, director
The Bakerman and the Bunnymen, Scout Raskin, director
Dress, Henry Ian Cusick, director
Looms, The Funk Brothers, directors
Ni-Ni, Melissa Hickey, director
Thursday, Milcho Manchevski, director
Tobacco Burn, Justin Liberman, director
To view a list of past years winning short films, → click here
We love to watch the Oscars on the Big Screen!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Stay tuned for details on the 2015 event.
January 24 - 25, 2015
31st Annual KidFilm Festival
To view a PDF of the 2014 KidFilm schedule, click here!
5-Day Film Quest
2015 dates TBA
Info will be posted at www.facebook.com/5dayfilmquest
Preview screening of INTO THE WOODS
Preview screening of THE HOMESMAN
Preview screening of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
An Evening with James Ellroy
And thrills and chills with a screening of:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
To become a Member of the Festival and receive FREE SCREENINGS every month, contact us for membership info at:
Recent & upcoming screenings - FREE to Festival Members
August & September 2014
Are You Here
When the Game Stands Tall
This is Where I Leave You
The Hundred-Foot Journey
La Bare with director/producer Joe Manganiello ("Magic Mike" "True Blood"), producer Nick Manganiello and other special guests in attendance
Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche
Draft Day with Tom Welling ("Smallville") in attendance
Million Dollar Arm
Jodorowsky's Dune with director Frank Pavich in attendance
Gimme Shelter with actor Vanessa Hudgens, writer/director Ron Krauss and inspirational advocate Kathy DiFiore in attendance
August: Osage County
Saving Mr. Banks
Screening of Kill Your Darlings with writer/director John Krokidas in attendance
Screening of Pulling Strings with actor Jaime Camil in attendance
Screening of One Direction: This Is Us with director Morgan Spurlock in attendance
Screening of In A World... with actor/writer/director Lake Bell in attendance
October 2012 events & screenings
Book signing and reception with actor Stephen Tobolowsky
The Paperboy preview screening
Argo preview screening
The Sessions preview screening
Wuthering Heights preview screening
Lincoln preview screening
Cloud Atlas preview screening
November 2012 events & screenings
Late Quartet with reception for USAFF members
Hitchcock with writer Stephen Rebello
Hyde Park on Hudson
December 2012 events & screenings
Gangster Squad with champagne reception for members
January 2013 events & screenings
Stand Up Guys
29th Annual KidFilm Festival
February 2013 events & screenings
TCM's Road to the Festival/Rio Bravo screening with Angie Dickinson in attendance
Oscar RoadTrip Dallas
Oscar Experience: Dallas
March 2013 events & screenings
42 with Chadwick Boseman in attendance
May 2013 events & screenings
The Great Gatsby
June 2013 events & screenings
Fill the Void
July 2013 events & screenings
Girl Most Likely
August 2013 events & screenings
One Direction: This is Us with director Morgan Spurlock in attendance
In a World... with writer/director/actor Lake Bell in attendance
September 2013 events & screenings
The Fifth Estate
October 2013 events & screenings
Kill Your Darlings with writer/director John Krokidas in attendance
November 2013 events & screenings
Bottle Rocket 20th anniversary with writer Matt Zoller Seitz and saluting Kumar Pallana
Saving Mr. Banks
December 2013 screenings
August: Osage County
January 2014 events & screenings
Gimme Shelter with Vanessa Hudgens, Ron Krauss and Kathy DiFiore in attendance
-- 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.
Note: We do not oversupply time and money to a website. Instead, those resources are spent supporting filmmakers by bringing films and filmmakers together with audiences to present multicultural programs every month, throughout the year.
Our most recent monthly events and program information can 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, Andrew Epps, Kent Kirkley and the SMU archives.
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