DIFF 2017: Complete Guide to Films, Panels and Awards


The Dallas Film Society announced that Faye Dunaway will receive the Dallas Star Award Opening Night and Bill Paxton will be honored posthumously at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF).


The DIFF Opening Night Gala will be the 50th anniversary screening of Bonnie and Clyde at the Dallas City Performance Hall and Dunaway will be awarded the Star Award on Thursday, April 30. In addition, filmmaker Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall) will be awarded the Dallas Shining Star Award during the DFS Honors ceremony.


The DIFF schedule includes Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid, Robin Swicord’s Wakefield and the world premiere of Shane Carruth’s Breakthrough: Predicting the Future and Judge Reinhold presents Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got the Will.

“Our two Dallas Star Award honorees hail back to something this festival has done from its inception – honor cinema legends, icons, and the film artists that made a difference in our film viewing lives. Faye Dunaway has been at the center of a number of certifiably classic films, and we joined so many in being devastated by the recent loss of Bill Paxton, on so many levels. To have Dunaway here on Opening Night will be a spectacular moment for Dallas, and to have Paxton here in spirit, was a must to anyone that knows anything about this film festival’s history and the people that are a part of it. Zoey Deutch is the quintessential choice for a Dallas Shining Star Award honoree. She has had a very impressive start to her career, and is now poised to take it to an entirely different level with wonderful performances in three different films this year.” – James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society



This year’s DIFF lineup is not to be missed. There are nods to the classics as well as acknowledgement of the up and comings.


Tribute to Bill Paxton – The passing of Paxton left a hole in the Texas film community, especially Dallas. There will be a screening of Carl Franklin’s One False Move (1992) on Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center.

Zoey Deutch One to Watch – Deutch is a fresh and exciting up-and-coming actress who already has had some notable performances in films like John Hamburg’s Why Him, opposite James Franco and Bryan Cranston and Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some. She recently wrapped production on The Year a Spectacular Men starring opposite her sister Madelyn Deutch who wrote the script. Zoey will receive the Shining Star Award during the DFS Honors event presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation at the Highland Dallas on Friday, April 7. There will also be a special free screening of Before I Fall, followed by “A Conversation with Zoey Deutch” that will take place Saturday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center.

Screenings added – Check out the DIFF 2017 screening and events calendar for a complete list of the schedule. There are two exciting additions that were announced this week. Robin Swicord’s drama Wakefield will be screened. The film stars Bryan Cranston as a New York City lawyer and co-stars Jennifer Garner.


Zoe Lister -Jones’ comedy Band Aid will also be screened. This film stars Lister and Adam Pally as a married couple working through marital issues.

Other Special Presentations – DIFF will host a special presentation of Breakthrough: Predicting the Future, an anthology series directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Shane Carruth (Upstream Color, Primer). The anthology examines the world’s leading scientists and the cutting-edge technology and how these advancements will affect the immediate future. The screening will be on Sunday, April 2 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.


Another must-see is Judge Reinhold Presents: Daddy’s Dyin’….Who’s Got the Will which will screen on Saturday, April 8 at the Angelika Film Center. This is a presentation that will take a look at Texas native Jack Fisk’s comedic ensemble written by Del Shores. The cast includes Reinhold, Beau Bridges, Keith Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo and Tess Harper. There will be a special “Conversation with Judge Reinhold” after the screening.


1967: A Look Back at the Greatest Year in Cinema History
Panelists: Joe Leydon (Variety, Cowboys & Indians Magazine) and Chris
Vognar (Dallas Morning News)
Saturday, April 1 at 12:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

Austin Film Society Film Grant Seminar
Moderator: Lliana Sosa (Artist Services Manager, Austin Film Society)
Saturday, April 1 at 2:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

Can A Film Change the World? With EARTHxFilm
Moderator: Michael Cain (Co-Founder EARTHxFilm), Panelist: Cullen
Sunday, April 2 2:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

Redefining the Docuseries with ATX Television Festival
Panelists: Kurt Sayenga (“Breakthrough: Predicting the Future”),
Deidre A. Fenton (“O.J.: Made in America”), and Katie Dunn (“Murder
Made Me Famous”)
Sunday, April 2 at 12:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

Screenwriting: Writing and Adapting for the Screen
Saturday, April 1 at 4:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

VR For Social Good with Reel FX
Sunday, April 2 at 4:00PM at The Highland Ballroom

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