Dallas Film Education Programs

Dallas Film is a strong proponent of education initiatives that allow filmmakers of all ages to learn and grow within the industry.

Education is one of the vital components of the Dallas Film’s mission and programming. Dallas Film strives to assist in the development of the next generation of filmmakers; to celebrate films and their impact on society; to recognize student achievements in the art of filmmaking; to provide educational programs which develop a better understanding of the role of film in today’s world; and to act as a resource for educators in developing their programs and curriculum. We offer a series of year-round educational programs including:


High School Film Labs

The Dallas Film® high school education season opens September 17 with a special back-to-school film lab. Building scene-by-scene and month-by-month, the grand finale is DIFF High School Day April 20, 2020.


High School & College Short Film Showcases

Film Labs schools are eligible to submit to the Dallas International Film Festival High School Shorts Showcase, which features student works curated by the Education and Programming departments. North Texas college students are also invited to submit their projects for the annual College Shorts Showcase.

High School Day

Held during the annual Dallas International Film Festival each spring, High School Day is a daylong educational conference for high school film students consisting of speakers, panels, and workshops developed to

Filmmaker Q&A’s

The educational efforts of the Dallas Film are not targeted just at the “traditional” student, we also present a series of panels, discussions and presentations for the wide range of film patrons and industry professionals to promote film education, and the art of film.

Filmmaker Master Classes

In addition to Q&A sessions and panels during the Dallas International Film Festival, DF/DIFF hosts master classes with filmmakers, composers, producers and actors at participating Film Labs high schools.


Interns will help coordinate both the annual film festival (The Dallas International Film Festival) and year-round Dallas Film screenings and events. In doing so, students gain customer service, verbal and written skills, and they learn to make quick decisions and resolve problems quickly and efficiently. They become familiar with other Dallas industry groups, venues and tools that will help them start their career in the film industry (or business in general).

Interns will rotate working in Programming, Membership, Education and Community Outreach, Sponsorship, Special Events and Publications. In general, they will learn about non-profit management, membership retention, customer service, administrative skills, marketing and customer service.  All positions include researching, assisting staff departments, and attending Dallas Film events and screenings. Interns must be enrolled in college and able to commit to working 12 hours a week. All majors are encouraged to apply.