We strive to make Dallas synonymous with Film through feature-quality motion pictures, talented visionaries, and the development of stories worth telling. The DFA’s vision in a few words, we want Film in Dallas.

The purpose of the Annual Film Premiere is to provide recognition for short films made in the Dallas area and the creators of those films. The Annual Film Premiere is also the largest fundraiser for the DFA. All proceeds of the Annual Premiere will go to support the Dallas Filmmaker’s Alliance’s educational and networking programs in the Dallas film community.

Your contribution supports:
Educational programs with the City of Dallas
Educational events for filmmakers in pre-production, production, and post-production
Table Read and Coffee Events for screenwriters
Hands-on education through our free Flash film contests
Film Industry networking events

DFA Annual Premiere Highlights:

Many of our filmmakers and talent come from diverse backgrounds with unique stories to tell and some have even gained the spotlight in local newspapers. With this momentum, we want to continue to increase the opportunities we create in the city of Dallas.

This event is an exclusive one-day-only event, meaning not all submissions will be selected to be screened. This event sold out the largest theatre room last year in 2018 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Just like in previous premieres, all selections will be screened in a single theater, so each attendee will be able to see your film, meaning more value for your film.

Festival Trailer: https://youtu.be/BpfB62R1NFM

1. The Dallas Filmmaker’s Alliance Annual Premiere accepts submissions for films with runtimes from (2-20 minutes). Films can be any genre and must be in the final cut.

2. The Short Film must be the original work of the Entrant, and the Entrant must own the whole of the copyright in the Short Film. In circumstances where the Short Film parts thereof are derived from or contain images or material from an existing work, the Entrants must ensure that they have received copyright clearance from the owner of that existing work. The Entrant shall indemnify Dallas Filmmakers Alliance in respect of any and all liability arising from any infringement of copyright that may arise in respect of the Short Film.

3. All Entrants retain all submission and intellectual property rights but the Entrants shall grant to Dallas Filmmakers Alliance a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to Dallas Filmmakers Alliance to publish in part, promotional material of Dallas Filmmakers Alliance for the purposes of the Festival.

4. All films must be submitted via FilmFreeway, as an online screener (Vimeo, Youtube, Dropbox, etc.) please also include password protected link.

5. All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Non-English language films without subtitles will not be considered.

6. Once selected, then you must make your film downloadable or provide a DVD by October 20th. Please test your media prior to submission to make sure they run properly and are not damaged.

7. Filmmakers must reside in or film a majority of their project in the following counties Denton, Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Wise, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Hood, Parker counties.

Overall Rating
  • Cortney Sargent

    I had a film to play in the 2019 event and as a filmmaker I’m very pleased to say that this was a fantastic event. I especially enjoyed the intimate setting which made it easy to network. The organizers were very helpful and they even gave the filmmakers a free poster of our movie cover to take home with us. Overall, it was a stellar event and stellar organization. I’ll be submitting for next year’s festival too!

    December 2019