2021 Schedule of Events

Local Flavor
Local Flavor Screening Block
Available: Oct 19, 2021 01:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Come experience six short films in our Local Flavor block produced and/or filmed right here in North Texas.

Screening in-person:
Monday, October 18 at 8pm
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 18 @ 8pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Student Shorts
Student Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 19, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

College students from all over the country used their creative energies to tell stories that will inspire, provoke, and entertain.

Screening in-person:
Tuesday, October 19 at 6pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 19 @ 6pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Graduate Student Shorts
Graduate Student Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 20, 2021 00:45 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

The eight films produced in our Graduate Student Shorts block feature scorned flames, life decisions, and feelings shared throughout the human experience.

Screening in-person:
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:45pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 19 @ 9:45pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

COVID Block
COVID Block Screening Block
Available: Oct 20, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

The 21st Century rolled out its version of the Roaring Twenties with a pandemic. Yet, despite the deaths, sadness, and isolation experienced worldwide, the creative human spirit is highlighted in these Covid Block of short films.

Screening in-person:
Wednesday, October 20 at 6pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 20 @ 6pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Women Shorts
Women Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 21, 2021 00:30 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

There is no better way to celebrate the WIF Dallas Topaz Festival than immersing oneself in stories that celebrate women or bring attention to women's issues. These ten short films offer thought-provoking experiences for all to enjoy.

Screening in-person:
Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 20 @ 8:30pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Texas Shorts
Texas Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 21, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the talent showcased in each of the seven gems featured in our Texas Short Films Block created by citizens of the Lone Star State.

Screening in-person:
Thursday, October 21 at 6pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 21 @ 7pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

The 8TH (Documentary Feature)
The 8TH (Documentary Feature) Screening Block
Available: Oct 22, 2021 01:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Thirty-eight years ago, Ireland created an amendment in their constitution to restrict abortion. The amendment was repealed thirty-five years later. The Topaz Film Festival is proud to present The 8th, a movie about this controversial time in Irish history. After the movie there will be a discussion with local influencers, whose relevance can shine light on current political debates here in our own beautiful state.

Screening in-person:
Thursday, October 21 at 7:50pm
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024

Screening online:
October 21 @ 9pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Experimental Shorts
Experimental Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 22, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Experimental short films. These films are intriguing in an unconventional way and offer a different perspective of humankind as well as the world we inhabit.

Screening in-person:
Friday, October 22 at 6pm
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 22 @ 7pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Comedy Shorts
Comedy Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 00:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” With that in mind, join us for these nine short films that are sure to split your sides while proving your time was well-spent. After these fantastic flicks the fun is followed the Topaz Festival’s Live Stand-Up Comedy Night featuring 5 witty female comedians.

Screening in-person:
Friday, October 22 at 7pm
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 22 @ 8pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Foreign Shorts
Foreign Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 16:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Nellie Bly succeeded in breaking Jules Verne’s fictional record of traveling around the world in 80 days. We invite you to travel on a cinematic journey in these six foreign films from different corners of the globe.

Screening in-person:
Saturday, October 23 at 11am
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 23 @ 11am until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 19:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Documentaries take us to places we've never been, introduce us to people we've never met and teach us things we might not have known, and that is what these seven short documentaries accomplish.

Screening in-person:
Saturday, October 23 at 2pm
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 23 @ 3pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Narrative Shorts
Narrative Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 20:40 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Be sure not to miss these seven Narrative Short Films which offer unique perspectives into the theme, plot, and motivations of their characters.

Screening in-person:
Saturday, October 23 at 3:40pm
MediaTech Institute
13300 Branch View Ln
Dallas. TX 75234

Screening online:
October 23 @ 3:40pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Encore Shorts
Encore Shorts Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Thanks to the wonderful support of cinema lovers supporting Women in Film's Topaz Festival, both at the event or on-line, we've added nine Encore short films that will be available for viewing on-line until October 31st, 2021.

Screening online:
October 23 @ 7pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

Edge of Existence (Documentary Feature)
Edge of Existence (Documentary Feature) Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 23:00 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

In all areas of the world, humans encounter wildlife. Often this means animal and human interaction can be tragic for both species as communities expand into territories previously uninhabited by people. This dire situation is evident in Africa’s Western Corridor of the Serengeti as shown in our feature-film documentary Edge of Existence. The filmmaker partnered with Banovich Studios (https://www.johnbanovich.com/studios), in conjunction with the Grumeti Fund (https://www.grumetifund.org) to showcase the importance of wildlife conservation while aiding community development to find solutions to these issues.

Screening online:
October 23 @ 6pm until
October 31 @ 11:59pm

KOTHHI 1947 (Feature)
KOTHHI 1947 (Feature) Screening Block
Available: Oct 23, 2021 23:45 Until: Nov 01, 2021 04:59

Narrative Feature Film: KOTHHI 1947

Topaz Awards Brunch
Topaz Awards Brunch Live Event
Available: Oct 24, 2021 16:00 Until: Oct 24, 2021 19:30

The Topaz Awards ceremony will include a full brunch buffet and beverages. We will be honoring Brenda Strong with the Topaz Award, Cocoa Brown with the Rising Star Award, Justina Walford with the Advocacy Award and the Beasley Family of MPS with the Gratitude Award. After our honorary Topaz awards it's time to celebrate with the talented women who shared their work with us over the last six days. We will be announcing the winners of the film awards including "Best of" and "Audience favorite" for each short film block. Come show your appreciation for their hard work and honor their accomplishments.

Coming Soon: Our Festival Program

We are currently putting together the schedule for this year's event. Come back to this page as we add items to our festival program.