At long last, the schedule for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival is finally up, and now I'm getting excited. Boasting 150 films, the lineup includes quite a few films I've missed at previous fests, and a whole slew of films I haven't even heard of. We'll be covering the fest in its inaugural year; I'm very excited that Dallas is finally getting a real, grown-up film fest. I grew up in Oklahoma and used to live in Dallas, and I'm thrilled that my old stomping grounds are getting more and more access to independent film.

When I was growing up in Oklahoma City, access to indie films was sparse, and it's great to see that the good folks of Oklahoma and Texas have another fest at which to catch some good films. My only gripe is the scheduling of the fest so close on the heels of SXSW. I think it would make more sense to have the fest a little later, say, late April or early May, but I'm sure they have their reasons. If I can get an interview with fest director Michael Cain, though, I'll be asking him about the timing of the fest and whether they'll move it out a bit next year.
I'm planning to cover a good mix of competition films, premieres, the Texas category, and perhaps a Midnight screening and a family film or two as well. We'll try to squeeze in some red carpet and scene coverage for you as well, while we're at it. Check out the fest lineup and let us know if there's anything in particular you want to see us cover. And if you're in or near the Dallas-Forth Worth metro area, tickets go onsale online on March 2.
categories Cinematical