Welcome to the USA Film Festival, a 47-year-old, Dallas-based, year-round 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition of excellence in the film arts and to bringing filmmakers and audience together. We present over 50 days of programs every year. Today, we're a 50-day film festival!
How did we get our name? When the Festival was formally 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 with their talent and dedication.
For Membership information and how to join the Festival and receive FREE preview screenings every month, scroll down this page to Membership Info area and send us an email request!
Filmmakers -- For info on how to submit a film to one of our year-round programs, please visit the "Filmmaker Info" section of the site.
2017 Schedule coming soon!
To view last year's 2016 program schedule click here
2016 Honorees & Program included:
To view the video Tribute to Alfred Molina, click link: https://vimeo.com/168150667/e92ad79ef6
To view the video Tribute to Whit Stillman, click link: https://vimeo.com/164450501
To view the video Tribute to Bruce Davison, click link: https://vimeo.com/168153219/c55084554c
2016 Award Winning SHORT Films Include:
First Place NARRATIVE
Birthday, Chris King, director
First Place NONFICTION
A Passion of Gold and Fire, Sebastien Pins, director
First Place ANIMATION
Borrowed Time, Lou Hamou-Lhadj & Andrew Coats, co-directors
First Place EXPERIMENTAL
How You Look at It, Wendy Seyb, director
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS
The Schoolboy, Paloma Lommel, director
Patrolling Sandy Hook, Caroline Clark & Kelly Quinn, co-directors
Moom, Daisuke Tsutsumi & Robert Kondo, co-directors
Madame Psychosis Holds a Seance, Rosson Crow, director
A Mighty Nice Man, Joanthan Dee, director
Fish Eye, Tong Zhou, director
The Bus Stop, Justin Malone, director
Honorable Mention - Alzheimers: A Love Story, Monica Petruzzelli & Gabe Schimmel, co-directors
Honorable Mention - Squeeze, Jamie Kirkpatrick, director
Honorable Mention - Where We Begin, Mitsuyo Miyazaki, director
Honorable Mention - The Name You Carry, Herve Demers, director
Outstanding Performance - Linda Gray in the comedy Wally's Will, Matteo Mosterts, director
Outstanding Performance - Peter Scolari in the dialogue-free How You Look at It, Wendy Seyb, director
Honorable Mention Student Film - Breathe, Paul Kowalski, director
Honorable Mention Student Film - Knob, Hans Tsai, 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:
MARCH -- SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (family screening!)
MARCH -- DONALD CRIED
MARCH -- THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT
MARCH -- THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
FEBRUARY -- A UNITED KINGDOM
DECEMBER -- A MONSTER CALLS
DECEMBER -- JACKIE
DECEMBER -- COLLATERAL BEAUTY
DECEMBER -- PASSENGERS
NOVEMBER -- ALLIED with reception for Members
NOVEMBER -- NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
NOVEMBER -- THE SPACE BETWEEN US
NOVEMBER -- MOANA
NOVEMBER -- MOONIGHT
OCTOBER -- THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN with Hailee Steinfeld in attendance
OCTOBER -- Animation Program with Disney Artist Malcon Pierce
OCTOBER -- GIMME DANGER
OCTOBER -- AMERICAN PASTORAL
SEPTEMBER -- QUEEN OF KATWE with actor David Oyelowo in attendance
SEPTEMBER -- STARVING THE BEAST with filmmakers in attendance
SEPTEMBER --THE DRESSMAKER
SEPTEMBER -- MAX ROSE
AUGUST -- THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
JULY -- CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
JULY -- FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS with actor Simon Helberg in attendance
JULY -- EQUITY with director Meera Menon and actors Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner in attendance
JUNE -- THE BFG
JUNE -- GENIUS
JUNE -- THE CONJURING 2
APRIL -- MAGGIE'S PLAN with writer/director Rebecca Miller in attendance
MARCH -- MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
MARCH -- CREATIVE CONTROL (bonus screening)
MARCH -- HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (bonus screening)
FEBRUARY -- TOUCHED WITH FIRE with writer/director Paul Dalio and producer/cinematographer Kristina Nikolova in attendance
FEBRUARY -- ZOOTOPIA
JANUARY -- THE FINEST HOURS
DECEMBER -- THE BIG SHORT with John Magaro in attendance
DECEMBER -- Paolo Sorrentino's YOUTH
NOVEMBER -- THE DANISH GIRL
NOVEMBER -- 25th Anniversary screening of METROPOLITAN with writer/director Whit Stillman in attendance
NOVEMBER -- KINGDOM OF SHADOWS with writer/director Bernardo Ruiz and journalists Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga in attendance
NOVEMBER -- MY ALL AMERICAN
NOVEMBER -- MISS YOU ALREADY
NOVEMBER -- BROOKLYN
NOVEMBER -- LOVE THE COOPERS
OCTOBER -- BRIDGE OF SPIES: THE EXCHANGE - With Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks
(A live satellite Q&A with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will follow the screening)
OCTOBER -- TRUTH with Mary Mapes in attendance
OCTOBER -- OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
OCTOBER -- THE 33
OCTOBER -- SUFFRAGETTE
SEPTEMBER -- MEET THE PATELS
SEPTEMBER -- EVEREST
SEPTEMBER -- SICARIO (with special guests)
AUGUST -- KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET
AUGUST -- A WALK IN THE WOODS
JULY -- MISTRESS AMERICA with actor/co-writer Greta Gerwig in attendance
JULY -- SHAUN THE SHEEP with Shaun in attendance
JUNE -- INSIDE OUT with producer Jonas Rivera and co-writer/director Pete Docter in attendance
JUNE -- ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
JUNE -- NOWITZKI THE PERFECT SHOT with Dirk Nowitzki in attendance
MAY -- BLACK SOULS (ANIME NERE)
APRIL -- FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
MARCH -- 71
MARCH -- KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN
MARCH -- CINDERELLA
FEBRUARY -- RUN ALL NIGHT
JANUARY -- THE HUMBLING
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,Â 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.
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