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Welcome to the USA Film Festival, a 49-year-old, Dallas-based 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film arts. We present over 50 days of programs every year -- We're a 50-day film festival!

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.

Membership -- For information about how to join the Festival and receive FREE screenings every month, scroll down this page to the Membership Info area and send us an email request for Membership levels and benefits.

Filmmakers -- For information on how to submit a film to one of our year-round programs, please visit the "Filmmaker Info" section of the site.


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Premiere Screening -- Open to the Public
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Screening - 7:30pm
Doors Open - 6:00pm
Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas
Join us for the premiere of the new documentary film SANTOS VIVE, recognizing the 45th anniversary of the murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in 1973 by a Dallas police officer. The emotional film details the history of Little Mexico in Dallas and features archival news footage, interviews with members of the Rodriguez family, historians, community and civic leaders, and captures historical events that changed Dallas forever. In attendance: Filmmaker Byron Hunter.
TICKETS are $5 (or more) donation to the "Santos Vive Project" and will be available at the theater on day of show ONLY beginning at 6:00pm.



Our most recent Spring Festival installment:
48th Annual USA Film Festival
April 25-29, 2018
Angelika Film Center Dallas

Click here to view the full Schedule of Programs

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This year's program featured themes of equality, racial and cultural diversity and our relationships,
both familial and societal, and with our environment/planet.

Short Film Winners 2018 - 48th Annual USA Film Festival
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FIRST PLACE/NARRATIVE

The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler, Paul Philipp, director

FIRST PLACE/ANIMATION
Negative Space, Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata, co-directors

FIRST PLACE/NONFICTION
Breaking the Cycle, Josephine Jackson & Vincent Augusto, co-directors

FIRST PLACE/EXPERIMENTAL
Gray Umbrella, Mohammad Poustindouz, director

STUDENT AWARD

It's Just a Gun, Brian Robau, director


TEXAS AWARD
Bodies of Water, David Lykes Keenan, director


Jury Prize -- Guan Xi, Dora Wu, director
Jury Prize -- The Driver is Red, Randall Christopher, director
Jury Prize -- The Modern Lives, Bill Plympton, director
Performance Award -- Michael Laskin, A Real Adventure
Cinematography Award -- Wasteland, Jakub Michnikowski, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative -- Counterfeit Kunkoo, Reema Sengupta, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative -- Mrs McCutcheon, John Sheedy, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative -- Hope Dies Last, Ben Price, director
Honorable Mention, Narrative -- Passion Gap, Matt Portman & Jason Donald, co-directors
Honorable Mention, Narrative -- Seven, James Morgan, director
Honorable Mention, Nonfiction -- Hunger for Truth: The Rhea Clyman Story, Andrew Tkach, director
Honorable Mention, Nonfiction -- Uncle Jessie White - Portrait of a Delta Blues Man in Detroit, Stashu Kybartas, director
Honorable Mention, Experimental -- Strangers, Eve Duhamel, director
Honorable Mention, Student Film -- The Chocolate Soldier, Jackson Smith, director
Honorable Mention, Texas -- Underneath, Christopher Grissom, director
Honorable Mention, Texas -- Aberration, Andy Pollack, director



To view a list of PAST years winning short films,
click here

 


MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES! JOIN US!
(A partial list of recent Member Screenings is listed below. To view a list of earlier screenings, click the "Membership" tab at the top of this page.)
Monthly Preview Screenings are FREE to Festival Members.

Contact us and ask for Membership Information at:
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RECENT AND UPCOMING MEMBER SCREENINGS INCLUDE:

2018
AUGUST -- JULIET, NAKED
AUGUST -- GENERATION WEALTH
JULY -- SEARCHING
JULY -- THE CAKEMAKER
JULY -- SANTOS VIVE with director Byron Hunter in attenance
JUNE -- WOMAN WALKS AHEAD with actor Michael Greyeyes in attendance
JUNE -- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
MAY - VIDA
APRIL -- 48th Annual USA Film Festival (Free programs for Members)
APRIL -- FINDING YOUR FEET
MARCH -- GRINGO
FEBRUARY -- GAME NIGHT
JANUARY -- FOREVER MY GIRL with actor Alex Roe in attendance
JANUARY -- PHANTOM THREAD


2017
DECEMBER -- WONDER WHEEL
DECEMBER -- ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
DECEMBER -- HOSTILES
DECEMBER -- PADDINGTON 2
DECEMBER -- DOWNSIZING
NOVEMBER -- THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
NOVEMBER -- LAST FLAG FLYING
NOVEMBER -- DARKEST HOUR
NOVEMBER -- COCO
NOVEMBER -- THE SQUARE
OCTOBER -- GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
OCTOBER -- WONDERSTRUCK
OCTOBER -- LUCKY
SEPTEMBER -- STRONGER with Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal in attendance
SEPTEMBER -- BATTLE OF THE SEXES
SEPTEMBER -- MANOLO: THE BOY WHO MADE SHOES FOR LIZARDS
SEPTEMBER -- VICTORIA & ABDUL
SEPTEMBER -- REBEL IN THE RYE
SEPTEMBER -- CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER
SEPTEMBER -- YEAR BY THE SEA
AUGUST -- Opening Day screening of BRIGSBY BEAR with writer/actor Kyle Mooney in attendance
AUGUST -- THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK
AUGUST -- AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER with filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
in attendance
JULY -- LADY MACBETH
JULY -- CITY OF GHOSTS
JUNE -- THE BOOK OF HENRY with director Colin Trevorrow in attendance

JUNE -- THE BIG SICK
JUNE -- 75th Anniversary screening of MRS. MINIVER
MAY -- DEAN
MAY -- EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
APRIL -- 47th Annual USA Film Festival (Free programs for Members)
MARCH -- DONALD CRIED
MARCH -- THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT
MARCH -- THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
FEBRUARY -- A UNITED KINGDOM
JANUARY -- Free KidFilm screenings for Members



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.

A note regarding how your donation funds are spent: We do not oversupply time and money to website graphics, etc. Instead, those resources are spent supporting filmmakers by bringing films and filmmakers together with our audiences to present multicultural programs every month, throughout the year.


Recent photos from monthly events and program information can also 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, Chet Morrison, Andrew Epps, Kent Kirkley, Stephanie Hastings and the SMU archives.

Special thanks to Chris Stein for the use of his 1975 "selfie" of early Blondie. The image also appears in Chris' great book of photographs "Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk," published in 2014. Our thanks to archivist Barry Kramer. That is Gary Valentine sporting an early USAFF T-shirt.

ARTWORK on the site has been provided by Joe Rocco, Buddy Hickerson and other wonderful artists and friends.




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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