From our opening night film about Joan Jett to our closing night film Never Goin’ Back to a showcase of an unheralded work by pioneer Penelope Spheeris, we saw more kick-ass women in our programming in the 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival than ever before. In fact, we programmed MORE perspectives and MORE unique voices and MORE singular visions across the board than in any past iteration of the festival. The current fissures and upheavals of the Hollywood system, though painful in their origins, made it clear that only with the focus and attention of every member of the independent community can we finally solidify a place for the diversity of content and perspectives that accurately represent the world we live in. We tip our hats to all of these voices and are more proud to showcase them than ever.
Also in 2018, the Oak Cliff Film Festival partnered with with the Austin Film Society, Sailor Bear film collective and Tim Headington’s Tango Entertainment to provide up and coming North Texas filmmakers with grant funds specifically to make feature films! Together, we were proud to establish a new North Texas Pioneer Film Grant of $30,000 as part of the 2018 AFS Grant. These funds are reserved for emerging filmmakers who reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with an emphasis on underrepresented perspectives.
Our 7th annual OCFF took place from June 14-17, 2018 and, as always, featured the historic Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theater, and other venues in north Oak Cliff.
Grand Jury Prize: I Am Not a Witch, Dir. Rungano Nyoni
Grand Jury Prize: Milford Graves Full Mantis, Dir. Jake Meginsky, Co-Dir. Neil Young
Grand Jury Prize: Nevada, Dir. Emily Ann Hoffman
Grand Jury Prize: My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes, Dir. Charlie Tyrell
Grand Jury Prize: Perdóname (Forgive Me), Dir. Tani Paige Shukla