Filmmaker Awards and Prizes
The Dallas International Film Festival honors the best in filmmaking with a series of prestigious honors and awards.
GRAND JURY PRIZES
Grand Jury Prize – Narrative Feature Competition
Grand Jury Prize – Documentary Feature Competition
Grand Jury Prize – Texas Competition Presented By Panavision
Awarded a Panavision camera package rental worth $30,000
Grand Jury Prize – Short Film
Awarded to a film in the Shorts Competition, as selected by the Shorts Jury.
Grand Jury Prize – Animated Short Presented By REEL FX
The Grand Jury Prize is awarded to the film in the Animation Competition as selected by a panel of REEL FX jurors.
Grand Jury Prize – Student Short Film
Awarded to a film in the Student Competition, as selected by the Student Jury.
Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation
Audience members cast ballots for best Narrative Feature, Documentary and Short Film after screenings.
Narrative Feature Audience Award—$2,000
Documentary Feature Audience Award—$2,000
Short Film Audience Award—$1,000
SILVER HEART AWARD
The Silver Heart Award is bestowed on an individual or film for their dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The winner of the Silver Heart Award will receive a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the Embrey Family Foundation.
MOVIE MAGIC PRIZES
The recipients of the 2016 DIFF awards will receive MOVIE MAGIC Budgeting and Scheduling software bundles from Entertainment Partners.
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.