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Join our Kickstarter and help us bring filmmakers to the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival!

The Dallas Film Society brings dozens of independent, short and feature filmmakers from around the world to the 11-day Dallas International Film Festival each year. To date, more than 1,234 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries have attended the past seven festivals!!  DIFF programs more than 150 films annually and we try to host the director, producer, or actor from many of those films each and every year. Those visiting filmmakers ultimately participate in a variety of programs, including question-and-answer sessions, master classes and industry events. This interaction between the filmmakers, our audience and the community is truly a highlight of our programming and one of the most rewarding aspects of the Festival for both audience member and filmmaker alike. 

Now, with your help here, the Dallas Film Society will be able to bring many talented filmmakers to Dallas for the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival occurring April 3 - 13, 2014. 

It's simple, we bring filmmakers to our festival for 3 reasons:

1. We Introduce Dallas Audiences to Filmmakers: At the Festival, each visiting filmmaker has the opportunity to talk to eager and inquisitive Dallas audiences. Filmmakers also join panel discussions, give interviews on the public Festival Stage or participate in master classes for high school and college students. These opportunities to interact with the filmmakers deepen the audiences' and students' appreciation for the art form.

2. We Show Our City to Filmmakers: Filmmakers also learn about filmmaking opportunities in Dallas, including the city's unique locations, skilled production houses, capable crews and Film Commission resources. By introducing filmmakers to the city's assets, we happily demonstrate the benefits to making their next film in Dallas.

3. We Inspire Filmmaker Collaboration and Imagination: Our core mission is to promote the art of film. We encourage DIFF filmmakers to meet the other directors, actors, producers and crew attending the Festival and forge friendships or partnerships that lead to collaborations. We are proud to be known for the kind of hospitality that fosters great art and good will for DIFF and for Dallas.

Filmmakers - artists - of all types and experience have attended the Dallas International Film Festival. From the first time director to the established star. A short list of special guests of DIFF includes -- William Friedkin, Sherry Lansing, Laura Linney, Glen Keane, Bernie Pollack, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Mohan, Rian Johnson, Alex Gibney, Larry Hagman, Pete Docter, Wally Pfister, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Towne, David Lowery, Charlize Theron, Lauren Bacall, David Lynch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Guillermo Arriaga, John Lee Hancock, Sydney Pollack, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Peter Fonda, Josh Brolin, Bill Paxton, John Hawkes, Simon Pegg, America Ferrera, Dennis Quaid, David Gordon Green, Je-kyu Kang, Val Kilmer, Lee Daniels and many, many more.

Film may seem a distant medium -- you sit in the theater and watch a movie unfurl in front of you. However, DIFF -- and all film festivals -- make watching movies a very personal experience. How? By inviting the audience to meet the artist, to ask questions, to learn their motivations. We can only do that with your help. Won't you please contribute and help us to fly these artists to Dallas for the 2014 DIFF? After all, Big D Loves To Meet Filmmakers. 

The Dallas Film Society thanks you for your continued support! We certainly can't do what we do without you, the filmmaker, or your love of film! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As we've already discussed, one of the greatest aspects of any film festival is the opportunity to interact with the filmmaker. The more filmmakers we can bring in, the better the overall experience. Our challenge here is to host the best DIFF possible WITH the most filmmakers. And that's why this effort must succeed. Without the funds to bring filmmakers to our festival, DIFF won't be the same and, YOU, do not get to have as full of a festival experience.

Overall, our risks are minimal. We will invite as many filmmakers to the Festival as possible no matter whether this campaign succeeds or not. DIFF will most assuredly go on. And if, for some reason, an artist cannot attend, we'll find another great filmmaker to take their place.

And, as far as you, our generous donor is concerned, we have backer incentives that involve physical rewards. There is the chance those rewards might not be delivered exactly when we intend based on external circumstances. If that does occur (which we certainly don't expect it to), we promise to work with you to ensure your incentives are delivered in a timely manner.

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    If you are still having issues after watching the tutorial you can call the Dallas Film Society offices at 214.720.0555

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