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DALLAS, JULY 30, 2012—The Dallas Film Society has announced that submissions for the 7th annual Dallas International Film Festival opens today.  The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is scheduled for April 4 – 14, 2013.

In its six year history, the festival has established itself as one of the premiere film festivals in North America.  Renowned for honoring filmmakers with cash prizes and opportunities, filmmakers and industry professionals have highlighted DIFF as being ‘one to watch’.  To date, the festival has received over 7000 submissions, screened 1162 films from 50 countries, hosted 1000 filmmakers and featured 62 world premieres and 17 U.S premieres.

“Since the festival’s inception, we have been incredibly fortunate to award over $450,000 to filmmakers,” said DIFF’ senior programmer, Sarah Harris. “Being able to recognize a filmmaker’s achievement in enhancing the creative community is a dream for all of us who are a part of this festival.  I encourage any filmmaker who is interested in screening their film in great venues in front of some of the most intelligent and receptive audiences to submit to us. We have discovered and showcased incredible talent through this festival and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2013.”

Confirmed awards include an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 for the winners of both the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition.  The Embrey Foundation’s $10,000 Silver Heart Award returns in order to highlight the film most dedicated to fighting injustices and creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The lucky filmmakers who win the Texas Competition category will enjoy a camera rental package worth $30,000 for their next production, courtesy of PANAVISION.

Early deadline for submissions is Friday, October 26, 2012.  Regular deadline is Friday, December 7, 2012.  Late deadline is Friday, December 14, 2012.  A link for film submissions and information on submissions is available at

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Confirmed awards for 2013 will include: Grand Jury Prize – Narrative Feature; Grand Jury Prize – Documentary Feature; Grand Jury Prize – Animation Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film; Grand Jury Prize – Texas Competition, presented by PANAVISION; Silver Heart Award, presented by the Embrey Family Foundation; and Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.




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