SOURCE: USA Film Festival

January 26, 2007 12:01 ET

USA Film Festival Hosts Dallas' Official Oscar Night® America Party

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 26, 2007 -- The prestige and glamour of Hollywood is coming to Dallas on Oscar Night. Residents of Dallas can experience the excitement of the 79th Annual Academy Awards® Presentation on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at Dallas' own Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night® America party, hosted by the USA Film Festival. The Dallas party is one of 49 official parties, sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that will be held across the country on Oscar Night.

Presented by and benefiting the year-round programs of the USA Film Festival, the Dallas Oscar Night celebration will be held at the newly renovated Studio Movie Grill, 5405 Beltline Road at Prestonwood Drive in Dallas. The red carpet arrivals pre-show will start at 7:00pm CST, and the telecast will begin at 7:30pm CST. Doors will open at 6:00pm.

Tickets are: $75, $50, and $35 (light buffet dinner included). To purchase tickets, call the USA Film Festival office at 214-821-6300.

Dallas Oscar Night partygoers will watch the Academy Awards telecast on a large theater-size screen, courtesy of WFAA Channel 8, the Dallas affiliate of the ABC Television Network, which broadcasts the Academy Awards® presentation. ABC and the Academy are cooperating for the 14th year with local charities to support official Oscar Night viewing parties throughout the country. This year marks the 14th year that Dallas' party has been officially sanctioned by the Academy.

"Oscar Night America offers a taste of the Academy Awards show to communities across the country, many of which are happy not only to share in the glamour, but to support a good cause," said Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis. "Oscar Night America enables the public to participate on a local level, where the festivities and fundraising can yield the greatest benefit."

Official Oscar Night parties last year raised over $2.5 million for local charities in 47 cities. All money raised stays in the community.

The Academy will make available to party guests in Dallas the same official Program distributed to guests seated at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood, California. Copies of the 79th Academy Awards commemorative poster will also be distributed at the Dallas event.

The Dallas Oscar Night celebration will include a complimentary light buffet, live auction, and door-prize chance drawings throughout the evening for donated prizes including:

--  Artwork
--  DVDs of top movies and programs
--  Home furnishings
--  Spa certificates
--  Autographed memorabilia
--  Dinners, tickets to movies, sporting events and more!
"Oscar Night generates excitement all over the world," said Suzanne Collins, USA Film Festival Board of Directors member and co-chair for the Dallas event. "With the Academy's help, our guests will feel that they are on the A-list."

"We had an incredibly enthusiastic turnout last year and, as an organization dedicated to the acknowledgment of film, we are so thankful for the support that the Dallas community has given us through this event," said USA Film Festival Board of Directors member and event co-chair Kristin Carter Schor. "We hope to raise even more money for the USA Film Festival this year."

Major sponsors for the Dallas Oscar Party include Blockbuster Inc., Studio Movie Grill, Hawkeye/FFWD, American Airlines.

The USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the film and video arts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the year-round programs and operation of the USA Film Festival. For more information regarding purchasing tickets to Oscar Night® America Dallas, contact the USA Film Festival at 214-821-6300.

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