I've volunteered at this festival 3 years in a row now. Yes, 2010 was a little different since they were not sponsored by AFI, but, they still did a great job. I imagine the 2011 festival will be much more polished, as they were just getting on their feet, so to speak, in 2010, as they were not with AFI anymore. This is a great festival, really fun to volunteer at, and you do get the chance to meet actors, directors, producers, etc. Also, in case people don't know, ALL of the best of Dallas categories were WRITTEN IN, so people actually typed in that they voted for DIFF. It is not decided by someone at the Observer... duh! :)
Best Film Festival - 2010
Dallas International Film Festival
2010 marked the first year that Dallas' pride and joy of celluloid and big screens left the AFI umbrella and adopted its own moniker: The Dallas International Film Festival. And it was a banner year thanks to the delicious programming talents of artistic director James Faust, senior programmer Sarah Harris and chairman of the board Michael Cain. There were roughly 30 films ranging from big budget to local indie, spread from morning to night over the festival's 10 days (and we didn't miss a one).That there were gems that still replay on our brain-screen some six months later says much about the quality of the selections: in particular, the lush, dramatic Italian-set I Am Love; the captivating, adventurous Korean spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad, The Weird; the comedic yet troubling doc The Red Chapel; the sinister yet sympathetic Lovers of Hate; and the absolutely uplifting Thunder Soul. DIFF2010 was safely some of the most gratifying (albeit emotionally exhausting) time we've spent in a theater seat.
I've attended the Festival every year since 07 and love it. This Festival is great for the city and for passionate filmgoers. My parents attended with us this past year. We saw the Dry Lands which was followed by a Q&A with America F. They loved the fact that we could sit with the filmmakers for a discussion following the movie. Great experience and she was SO... lovely. Thanks DIFF for bringing this kind of experience to Dallas!!
Wow Dallas Observer, how much is DIFF paying you guys to put them as the best film festival? If they are not paying you, whoever chose this one must have been blind and deaf. Their festival totally blew this year. They have just gotten progressively worse every year. When are they just going to go away. There are many more far superior film festivals in this town besides them.