The 6th Annual Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tonight for its 11 day takeover of movie theaters across Dallas. The festival will include films from all over the world, and events for everyone of all ages.
Opening Night of the festival features a special presentation of the film ‘Liberal Arts’, directed by Josh Radnor of TV’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, and Richard Jenkins. The Opening Night film will be screened at the historic Majestic Theater in Downtown Dallas, with a gala to follow. Tickets for tonight’s event are still available online and at the Festival’s Prekindle Box Office located in Mockingbird Station.
This weekend is opening weekend of the festival which means Saturday is Free Family Day. The interactive, family friendly entertainment at Northpark Mall will be capped with a free outdoor screening at sundown of Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’. The full schedule of events is below:
11:00 am Welcome & Zumba Gals with special guest Mary Zepeda Cable
11:30 am Yoginos: Yoga for Youth presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art
Noon Brooklyn Castle Chess Blitz with Denton High School Chess Club
12:30 pm Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
1:00 pm Dallas Tap Dazzlers
1:30 pm Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures
2:15 pm The Dallas Conservatory Youth Ballet
3:00 pm Lake Highlands Wildcat Wranglers
3:30 pm Yoginos: Yoga for Youth
4:15 pm FRANKIE
For those attending the festival without children, there is plenty to keep you occupied as well. This year the festival lounge is directly next to the Angelika, in what is the most perfect location to easily drop by for a complimentary cocktail or Stella Artois and mingle with filmmakers, press, and other passionate film lovers. Festival Lounge Passes are still available either online or at the Prekindle Box Office.
If you are interested in attending the festival and have never attended before, here are some tips for survival. If you would like to attend several movies throughout the festival, I would highly recommend you buy a pass. They come in several tiers and with different perks. All of the passes however, offer you priority seating for screenings. The seating order can be a tricky thing to learn when at your first festival. There will be separate lines, and passholders will be seated first, followed by single ticket holders, and then they will seat those in the Rush Line. This can be tricky if you are attending the festival with a buddy who does not have the same type of ticket that you do. If one of you is a passholder and the other is a ticket holder, you might not get into all of the same screenings. Buying a pass is recommended.
Other than that, view the schedule online, find new films that nobody has heard of before, go to those films, and completely enjoy your festival experience. Need film recommendations? Just ask me.