SOURCE: USA Film Festival

January 22, 2008 17:09 ET

USA Film Festival Hosts Dallas' Official Oscar Night® America Party Celebrating the 80th Academy Awards® Presentation

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - The prestige and glamour of Hollywood is coming to Dallas on Oscar Night. Residents of Dallas can experience the excitement of the 80th Annual Academy Awards Presentation on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at Dallas' only Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night America party, hosted by the USA Film Festival. The Dallas party is one of 52 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 BRAND NEW Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway at Royal Lane in Dallas and serve as one of their Grand Opening events. The Awards telecast begins at 7:00pm CST with a half-hour red carpet arrivals segment. Doors will open at 6:00pm.

Tickets are: $75, $50, and $35 (buffet dinner included).

To purchase tickets, call the USA Film Festival at 214-821-6300.

Dallas Oscar Night America 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 15th year with local charities to support official Oscar Night viewing parties throughout the country and this year marks the 12th year that the Dallas party has been officially sanctioned by the Academy.

"Oscar Night America parties give communities across the country the opportunity to both share in the excitement of Oscar Night and support worthy causes," said Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis. "And it's terrific that a worldwide television event can help benefit so many charities on a local level."

Official Oscar Night America parties last year raised nearly $3 million for local charities in 52 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 Center® in Hollywood. Copies of the 80th 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:

--DVDs of top movies and programs
--Home furnishings
--Spa certificates
--Autographed memorabilia
--Collectible wines from Sterling Vineyards
--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 Chairman 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 hope to raise even more money for Festival programs this year."

Honorary Chairman for Oscar Night America Dallas is Gary Cogill, WFAA-TV film critic and co-host of "Good Morning Texas."

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