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Today at DIFF: Day 10, April 21

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Last night’s DFS Honors event at the Hotel Palomar Dallas was stuffed full of excitement, from the handing out of Dallas Star Awards to actress Laura Linney and costume designer Bernie Pollack (and congratulatory videos from Robert Redford and Harrison Ford, both of whom Pollack manages the wardrobe for) to similar treatment for Dallas Shining Star Award honoree Gabourey Sidibe, Texas Avery Animation Award winner Glen Keane and Special Honoree Eric Pleskow. All are speaking today, either as part of our popular and free Talk/Show film discussions (Linney, Pollack, Pleskow) or during post-screening Q&A sessions (Keane, Sidibe).

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TCHOUPITOULAS

But the real news at DFS Honors was the awarding of DIFF 2012′s Filmmaker and Audience Awards. Kristina Nikolova’s romantic drama FAITH, LOVE AND WHISKEY won the Narrative Feature Competition, while Bill and Turner Ross’ stream-of-consciousness New Orleans biopic TCHOUPITOULAS won the Documentary Feature Competition and local product Ya’Ke Smith’s gripping family drama WOLF took the Texas Competition. Other winners: DIRTY ENERGY (Environmental Visions), THE INVISIBLE WAR (Silver Heart Award), AARON BURR, PART 2 (Short Film), A MORNING STROLL (Animated Short), MY WAY (Audience Award, Narrative Feature), FIRST POSITION (Audience Award, Documentary Feature), and the surprise of the DIFF 2012 awards: the Student Shorts entry NANI, which won both the Student Shorts prize and Audience Award for Short Film. Click on each title above for that film’s special screening time today!

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Angie Bolling (left) and Peter Weller of ROBOCOP

DIFF 2012′s busiest day will conclude with a truly historic event: the 25th Anniversary Screening of the Dallas-filmed 1987 sci-fi classic ROBOCOP, presented in conjunction with the Dallas Film Commission. The event is also the film’s first official cast and crew reunion since its theatrical release, and more than two dozen key figures will be in attendance, including RoboCop himself (Peter Weller), both of the film’s co-writers (Michael Miner and Ed Neumeier) and its executive producer, Jon Davison.

Visit the Prekindle Online Box Office and Festival Guide, for DIFF 2012 film synopses and showtimes, as well as to purchase tickets and passes. Also, The Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird Station (near Urban Taco and Victoria’s Secret [map] is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To purchase items by phone, call 972-707-0838.


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DIFF is proud to honor Laura Linney, Bernie Pollack and Gabourey Sidibe with the Dallas Star Award at the DFS Honors on April 20.  >> See all Awards

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