YEAR-ROUND & ANNUAL PROGRAMS

 

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 48 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.

The USAFF annual Spring Festival and KidFilm Family Festival programs celebrate equality, diversity, relationships and respect for others, literacy, cultural equity and access to the arts through a number of FREE programs every year.

We're a 50-Day Film Festival!

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SPRING FESTIVAL (49 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 41st 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.

Upcoming installment -
49th Annual USA Film Festival,
April 24-28, 2019

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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

2018 Program Schedule
2017 Program Schedule

2016 Program Schedule

2015 Program Schedule
2014 Program Schedule
2013 Program Schedule
2012 Program Schedule
2011 Program Schedule
2010 Program Schedule
2009 Program Schedule

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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, KUNG FU PANDA 3, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, and many more!

KIDFILM® FAMILY FESTIVAL (35 YEARS RUNNING)

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Click here
to see Lisa Loeb talking about KidFilm 2016 on "Good Morning Texas."

Annual free-admission 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.

Upcoming program installment -
35th Annual KidFilm Festival, January 19-20, 2019

To request a schedule of events, send us an email marked "KidFilm Schedule" to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Teachers
who would like to book an arts-in-education field trip in February 2019 or Summer for your camp, organization, class or entire school (Grades K-5),
contact the Festival any time of year at 214-821-6300.

Printed KidFilm flyers will be available for pick up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.

To view a PDF of a past year's schedule, click below:


2018 Program Schedule
2017 Program Sch
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2016 Program Schedule
2015 Program Schedule

2014 Program Schedule

2013 Program Schedule

2012 Program Schedule
2011 Program Schedule
2010 Program Schedule
2009 Program Schedule

 

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'80s REWIND FILM SERIES
Fun film faves from the '80s
Presented on the first Monday of every month in 2018
by the Angelika Film Center Dallas and USA Film Festival


All screenings at 7:00pm
Advance Tickets on sale at www.angelikafilmcenter.com/dallas








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SCI-FI SUMMER MOVIE SERIES
August 8 - 29, 2017
Presented with the Angelika Film Center Dallas

August 8th -- VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED
August 15th -- LOGAN'S RUN
August 22nd -- DARK CITY
August 29th -- ATTACK THE BLOCK

All screenings at 7:00pm



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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.

Next honoree:  Sally Field on September 22, 2018
 














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"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; THE BIG SHORT with John Magaro in attendance, MAGGIE'S PLAN with Rebecca Miller in attendance; EQUITY with director Meera Menon and actor/producer Alysia Reiner in attendance; FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS with Simon Helberg in attendance; STRONGER with subject Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal in attendance; WOMAN WALKS AHEAD with actor Michael Greyeyes in attendance; BLAZE with Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey in attendance; and THE OATH with Ike Barinholtz in attendance.   For a selected list of other screenings, please see the "MEMBERSHIP" section of the site.

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RESTORED PRINTS / CLASSIC FILMS


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); The Best of Everything with Diane Baker in attendance; The Last Wave with Richard Chamberlain in attendance; Orson Welles' Othello, Made in U.S.A., Il Sorpasso, Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), Safety Last!, and many more.





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STUDIO GHIBLI SUMMER FESTIVAL
June 13 - August 23, 2018
at the Angelika Film Center Dallas. To view a full schedule of films, please visit www.angelikafilmcenter.com

PRINCESS MONONOKE
NAUSICAA
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
PORCO ROSSO
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
TALES FROM EARTHSEA
CASTLE IN THE SKY
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA
SPIRITED AWAY
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

 






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HITCHCOCK-TOBER Film Series
October 4 - 31, 2018
at the Angelika Film Center Dallas Ticket info at www.angelikafilmcenter.com

October 4th -- REAR WINDOW
October 11th -- SHADOW OF A DOUBT
October 18th -- STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
October 25th -- THE 39 STEPS
October 31st -- PSYCHO

 








 

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SHORT FILMS

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 every year over 100 filmmakers receive 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. Stephen Tobolowsky and Peri Gilpin hosted the Showcase Shorts program in 2015; In 2016 Linda Gray hosted the program with Bruce Davison and Kelly Lynch.









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DINNER FUNDRAISER


Hopefully, you are!

The title of one of our favorite films from the 1960s inspired our super-fun fundraiser.

USAFF Board member and restaurateur
Abraham Salum hosts the periodic private gathering at his eponymous restaurant for 100 lucky guests.

The festive evening can take place at any time of year 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 and Chef Vivian Howard, star of the PBS series "A Chef's Life."

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
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MEMBER SCREENINGS AND PREMIERES

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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.


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 AUTHORS AND BOOK EVENTS AT THE FESTIVAL

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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:

Sally Field, In Pieces
James Ellroy, Perfidia
Stephen Rebello, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
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 and illustrators at KIDFILM have included:

Barney Saltzberg
Ame Dyckman
Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant
Beth Kelly
Tom Lichtenheld
Katherine Paterson
Kate McMullan & Jim McMullan
Shane Evans & Taye Diggs
Alison McGhee
Kathi Appelt
Ed Emberley & Rebecca Emberley
Mo Willems
Laurie Keller
Rosemary Wells
Dan Yaccarino
Kimberly Willis Holt
Peter Brown
Peter H. Reynolds
Betsy Lewin & Doreen Cronin
Cari Best
Bob Barner
Mike Thaler & Jared Lee
Trevor Romain