Dallas fest to open with four features

Guillermo Arriaga, John Lee Hancock among honorees

Taking over all eight screens of the Angelika Film Center on April 8, the Dallas International Film Festival’s opening night will feature four films - "Bill Cunningham New York," "Multiple Sarcasms," "Nosotros Los Pobres" and "Skateland" - plus a shorts program.

Dallas Film Society chairman Michael Cain explained, "The screening of multiple films on Opening Night is a direct result of listening to the filmmakers and our audience. We closed last year with multiple films and the audience loved the selection and choice. This move enables us to welcome a larger audience and turn the spotlight on more filmmaking teams who now share ownership of the opening night of the festival."

The 11-day festival will feature 153 feature films and shorts with 170 screenings.

This fest will present its Dallas Star Awards to writer-director Guillermo Arriaga, writer-director John Lee Hancock, cinematographer Wally Pfister and, to mark Mexico's Bicentennial, actor Pedro Infante.

Oscar-winning writer/director Pete Docter will be the recipient of the Texas Avery Animation Award.