Claiming the title of the “oldest and largest” video festival in the U.S., Dallas VideoFest will be returning this month, but in a different way.
From Aug. 24 to Nov. 5, the festival will screen five separate times at locations including the Texas Theatre, KERA public television, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Since 1987, the festival has screened hard-to-find media of independent, alternative, and non-commercial categories.
“With so much going on in Dallas these days, it made sense to present Dallas VideoFest in separate parts over a few months — in one theater, in one auditorium,” said artistic director Bart Weiss in a release.
“We will have one screen at one theater for the long weekend series inside the larger umbrella of Dallas VideoFest. This way, you don’t have to choose between two or three screenings going on at the same time,” Weiss said. “You can see all that the festival has to offer.”
Weiss said the new format will allow him to attend and introduce each screening.
The festival begins with the second annual CatFest at Texas Theatre on Aug. 24.
CatFest will feature a selection of more than 100 feline videos in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animated, Musical, Action, Vintage, and Documentary from some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s biggest cat lovers. For the second year, proceeds from CatFest will benefit Operation Kindness.
Founder Weiss is a cat person himself. “There is something special about viewing our wise four-legged friends that delights and distracts from all the noise around us,” he says.
The inclusive festival badge is $100. For more information, go here.