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What Filmmakers Say

Brandon Oldenburg, Co-Director of the 2012 Oscar-winning animated short, THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, and former DFS Advisory Board member“I am proud to say of all the film festivals I have attended through the years DIFF is among the classiest. DIFF puts the film makers first while keeping the tone and ambiance centered upon the love of cinema.”

Brandon Oldenburg, Co-Director of the 2012 Oscar-winning animated short, THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, Co-founder of REEL FX Studios, and former DFS Advisory Board member.

 

 

Ryan Silbert, Producer of GOD OF LOVE, winner of the 2011 Oscar for Live Action Short and DIFF 2010 selection“Dallas International is unlike any regional festival. Their Artistic Director and programmers attend the top tier Festivals searching to curate the best in shorts. They take their shorts programming as seriously as the features. Every program I have been a part of has screened on one of the best projections in a theatre to sold out audiences.”

Ryan Silbert, Producer of GOD OF LOVE, winner of the 2011 Oscar for Live Action Short and DIFF 2010 selection

 

 

Matt Johnson, Director of THE DIRTIES (right) with producer Jared Raab“You will not find a more filmmaker-focused festival than DIFF; everyone there is pulling for you from the moment you shake hands.”

Matt Johnson, Director of THE DIRTIES (right, shown with producer Jared Raab), 2013

 

 

Kat Candler, Director, Black Metal and Hellion“I’m eternally grateful to the Dallas International Film Festival for championing such amazing work that I’m so honored to be a part of and for fostering friendships between filmmakers that will last a lifetime.”

BLACK METAL and HELLION director, Kat Chandler, 2013

 

 

Michael Mohan, director of SAVE THE DATE“So far in my travels, Dallas has been the most filmmaker friendly. The crowds are the best. The organization is the best. The hospitality is the best.”

SAVE THE DATE director Michael Mohan, 2012

 

 

Larry Hagman and Peter Fonda at DIFF 2011“It means a lot to me. … I thought, heck, Larry Hagman’s here, and it’s Dallas? I’ve got some cowboy boots. Why not?”

Peter Fonda, awards presenter at DIFF 2011

 

 

Bill Paxton“The big thing for me is that it’s a showcase for new talent. It’s a venue for people to show their films, and we have a lot of great Texas filmmakers here.”

Bill Paxton

 

 

Dean DeBlois at DIFF 2011“It feels pretty fantastic. This is an award that is bestowed upon us by our peers in the industry. And that’s really the highest level of compliment for us, because these guys know their stuff, and they’re often hard to please. … Even the past recipients are heroes of mine, like Pete Docter (UP), Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES) And Henry Selick (CAROLINE) and Chris Wedge (ICE AGE). These guys are very important players in our world, so to be standing in that company is huge and humbling at the same time.”

—Dean DeBlois, director-writer of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON on receiving the 2011 Tex Avery Award

 

 

Scott Z. Burns at DIFF 2011“To come to a place where people really love moves, where the movies are more important than the industry … it makes me really happy to be in a place like that.”

Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and THE INFORMANT) and recipient of the 2011 Dallas Shining Star Award

 

 

Ann Buford at DIFF 2011“It’s fabulous. The Dallas International Film Festival has meaning to it, because it does push social issues, which means a lot to me. ELEVATE tries to have a social message and tell a great story.”

Ann Buford, director ELEVATE, winner of the DIFF 2011 Documentary Feature Competition

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