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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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Gift Memberships on sale year-round!

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!    This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it  











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Spring Festival
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

STUDENT AWARD
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

TEXAS AWARD
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


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We love to watch the Oscars on the Big Screen!

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Stay tuned for details on the 2015 event.



 





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KidFilm® Festival

January 24 - 25, 2015
31st Annual KidFilm Festival


To view a PDF of the 2014 KidFilm schedule, click here!


 

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5-Day Film Quest
2015 dates TBA
Info will be posted at www.facebook.com/5dayfilmquest

 

 

 





In December:

Preview screening of INTO THE WOODS

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In November:

Preview screening of THE HOMESMAN

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Preview screening of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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In October:

An Evening with James Ellroy
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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And thrills and chills with a screening of:

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Membership
                                                                          


To become a Member of the Festival and receive FREE SCREENINGS every month, contact us for membership info at:
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Recent & upcoming screenings - FREE to Festival Members

August & September 2014
Are You Here
When the Game Stands Tall
This is Where I Leave You
Pride
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July 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey
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July 2014
Life Itself 
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June 2014

La Bare 
with director/producer Joe Manganiello ("Magic Mike" "True Blood"), producer Nick Manganiello and other special guests in attendance

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June 2014
Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche
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March
2014
Draft Day with Tom Welling ("Smallville") in attendance

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March
2014
Million Dollar Arm

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March
2014
Jodorowsky's Dune
with director Frank Pavich in attendance

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February
2014
In Secret

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January
2014
Gimme Shelter
with actor Vanessa Hudgens, writer/director Ron Krauss and inspirational advocate Kathy DiFiore in attendance

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December 2013
August: Osage County


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November 2013
Saving Mr. Banks

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October 2013

Screening of Kill Your Darlings with writer/director John Krokidas in attendance 
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September 2013
Screening of Pulling Strings with actor Jaime Camil in attendance
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August 2013
Screening of One Direction: This Is Us with director Morgan Spurlock in attendance
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August 2013
Screening of In A World... with actor/writer/director Lake Bell in attendance
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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
Barbara
Promised Land
Les Miserables



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
Emperor
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

TexFest
The Fifth Estate
Gravity
Pulling Strings

October 2013 events & screenings

Delivery Man
Kill Your Darlings with writer/director John Krokidas in attendance
About Time

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

 



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.

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.




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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