It's Back. Oak Cliff Film Festival Announces Dates and Details for Its 2013 Sequel.

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2nd Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival Announced!

DALLAS, TX (November 16, 2012) -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In general, we aren't huge fans of sequels (Godfather II and Rocky II not withstanding...) but we think this one is a good idea: Aviation Cinemas, the Oak Cliff Foundation, and the Texas Theatre are proud to announce the 2nd annual Oak Cliff Film Festival, awarded "Best new festival of 2012" by the Dallas Observer.

This year's festival will take place June 6th through June 9th 2013 in Oak Cliff at the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theater, Oak Cliff Cultural Arts Center, Dallas Zoo, Ten Bells Tavern, and several new neighborhood venues. Returning sponsors include the Advocate, Oak Cliff Cellars, Yelp, New Belgium Brewing Company, Red Hook Brewing, El Padrino, Mesa, Nova, Norma's Café and Bolsa; our sponsorship team is fielding requests for its prized "Presenting Sponsor" slot.

"The excitement and support we have experienced after the inaugural festival has pushed us to make OCFF 2 bigger and better" said Eric Steele, OCFF Co-Founder. "We plan on incorporating more great venues in Oak Cliff this year and have a very, very, very special guest that will be a dream come true for filmmakers and film lovers."

"Last year we curated an experience for festival attendees - from programming cutting edge films and incorporating live music, down to the farm-to-table food and drink that's become a staple of Oak Cliff," OCFF Co-Founder Adam Donaghey added. "This year we intend to continue that trend, showcasing the unique neighborhood that continually supports the Texas Theatre and film in general."

The 2013 Oak Cliff Film Festival is looking for genre-bending, bold films for the following categories, with submissions open via Withoutabox on November 16, 2012:

- Narrative Feature - Documentary Feature - Experimental Docs and Shorts (including Community Shorts) - Student Short - Narrative Shorts - Animated Features and Shorts - Music Video

Texas Theatre Creative Director Jason Reimer is focused on "...expanding the diversity of venues and programming while further underscoring our commitment to the craft of film making."

Backed by the Oak Cliff Foundation -- the Non Profit 5013C that owns the Texas Theatre and led by members of the Aviation Cinemas team who took over operations at the Texas Theatre in December of 2010 -- The Oak Cliff Film Festival will showcase "brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes" from Oak Cliff, Dallas, Denton, Austin, and Fort Worth and other cities from across the United States and the world at large. The assembled festival planning team includes Aviation Cinemas, Inc. Partners Adam Donaghey, Barak Epstein, Jason Reimer, and Eric Steele, who will coordinate programming along with seasoned festival consultant Blake Ethridge. Other team members include Festival Coordinator Carla Tschosik, Interactive Marketing Director Micah Phillips, Corporate Events Outreach Specialist Chris Gardner, Social Media Chair Jessica Tomberlin, Filmmaker Liaison Haidy Leal, and Sponsorship Co-Director Alicia Anthony.


Background on The Oak Cliff Foundation:

In 2001 The Oak Cliff Foundation purchased the Texas Theatre and began looking for a new permanent tenant. Several areas of the building were renovated and upgraded by the OCF. The Texas Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. In 2010, The Oak Cliff Foundation leased the theater to Aviation Cinemas, Inc. Aviation Cinemas was quick to jump start operations and continued renovations. The theatre has garnered awards for Best Movie Theater in Dallas by The Dallas Observer and been nominated as Best Movie Theater, Best Music Venue and Best cocktail In Dallas by D Magazine.

"Energizing the Texas Theatre and re-establishing its role as a centerpiece of the Oak Cliff community are central to the mission of the Oak Cliff Foundation," said Monte Anderson, Chairman of the Oak Cliff Foundation. "To that end, Aviation Cinemas has made huge strides in the last year through creativity, dogged determination, and hard work in making a name for the theatre with local and national filmmakers and film-lovers alike. The Oak Cliff Film Festival has the potential to solidify these achievements and to further establish the theatre's significance to Oak Cliff and the film community at large."

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