Supporters & Leadership
The Dallas International Film Festival would not exist without the dedication, hard work and support from our Board of Directors, our Circle of Stars and Dallas Film Society Members, and our Corporate Sponsors.
Lee Papert – CEO & President, Dallas Film Society and Executive Director, Dallas International Film Festival
Mark Denesuk – Chairman of the Board
Liener Temerlin – Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Michael Cain – Founding Artistic Director
Jeff West – Founding Director
Dallas Film Society Board of Directors
The DFS Board of Directors is chaired by Mark Denesuk and is made up of members from the Dallas business, film and cultural communities who use their expertise to guide the Film Society and tirelessly fund raise for the DFS and the Festival.
Circle of Stars
Members of the Circle of Stars receive an array of benefits and privileges created to maximize their experience with the Dallas Film Society. Their generous donations help fund our year-round mission.
Our Corporate Sponsors are businesses from around the country and from our very own community that help us put on the Dallas International Film Festival. These institutions invest in the arts by providing awards packages to our filmmakers and giving equipment and monetary support that allow us to bring extraordinary films and filmmakers to Dallas. Please choose them for your professional projects.
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.