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Day Trippin': Dallas to host Texas Black Film Festival in February

By by aprill brandon/abrandon@vicad.com
Jan. 10, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.

"Neshoba," directed by Micki Dickoff, won Best Overall Film and Best Documentary at the 2010 Texas Black Film Festival.

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN AREA:If you happen to be in town for the film festival, you can end your trip with a visit to go see The Chieftains in Dallas at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Feb. 26. Tickets range in price from $64 to $194. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.dallasopera.org.

The film industry in Texas is growing by leaps and bounds, and nowhere is this more evident than in the amount of film festivals hosted in the state.

For instance, this February, Dallas will once again host the Texas Black Film Festival, which is now in its fourth year. The three-day festival celebrates works that express the African-American experience and serves as an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources waiting to be utilized in Texas, according to the festival's official website, www.texasblackfilmfestival.com.

The festival is still taking film submissions, and the deadline to submit is Saturday. The screening and competition categories are Shorts and TV pilots with a 30 minute maximum, Features ranging from 60-90 minutes, Documentaries with a 30-minute max running time and Animation, either short or feature running time, according to the website. Among the awards given out are Best Overall Film, Best Texas Film, Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Animation.

In addition to film screenings, the festival will also host workshops and panels, according to the website.

The festival will take place Feb. 23-26 at the Studio Movie Grill. A festival pass for all three days is $60. An individual day pass is $25. Tickets will be available online later this month at www.texasblackfilmfestival.com.

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