The Early Years
Before we get to the festival, let's go back a bit further. It began in 2004 with a small group of us organizing in our community around the idea of a film support organization. We incorporated our small non-profit on June 3, 2004 and set off to build an organization that would meet several 'needs' in our community. Our most ambitious goal was to organize an annual film festival within three years.
Feb 15 - 20, 2011
In 2011 we opened on Wednesday instead of Thursday giving us an extra day of programming. We also reduced our number of venues so that every attendee could see every screening. We opened the festival with the Texas Premiere of Troubadours, a music doc fresh from its Sundance World Premiere. The screening was attended by Director Morgan Neville and Producer Eddie Schmidt. Also this year we welcomed comedian and actor Harry Shearer and his documentary The Big Uneasy. Other notable screenings included the Texas Premieres of Enemies of the People and This Way of Life.
Feb 10 - 20, 2012
The biggest change in 2012 was the expanded schedule. We added the previous weekend to our schedule and included Monday Presidents Day for an eleven day festival! That meant we could screen more documentaries than ever before; a total of 75! We also added a smaller and more intimate venue as well as four more parties. Another special edition for 2012 was the DocuDenton 7K - a five-day documentary video race in which teams must create a short documentary on a random topic in under five days. All of this excitement surrounded many big films such as the Texas Premiere of Battle for Brooklyn attended by Director/Producer Suki Hawley, as well as Buck, Jane's Journey, and Nostalgia for the Light.
Feb 8-18, 2013
2013 was about refining the format. We continued the 11-day schedule, expanded the DocuDenton7K, and screened more documentaries than every before. The biggest change in 2013 was our commitment to bringing in more filmmakers. Nearly 75% of all filmmakers were able to attend their screenings - a huge jump from 2012. We understand that having the artist present is an essential part of the festival experience and our goal will always be 100% filmmaker attendance. 2013 saw some of the biggest documentaries in the world make a stop here in North Texas. We opened the festival with the Texas Premiere of Blood Brother, which only two weeks prior had won the top two awards in the documentary category at Sundance. Other big films from 2013 included, 5 Broken Cameras (Oscar-nominated), Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Central Park Five, and The House I Live In.
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