The heads of prominent Dallas and North Texas Film Festivals announced their selections for the Top Ten Films of 2017 during WFAA’s Midday at 8 news broadcast today with Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER, Jordan Peele’s GET OUT, and Guillermo del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER taking the top three spots among films released in 2017.

Justina Walford (Artistic Director, Women Texas Film Festival), Michael Cain (Director, EARTHxFilm), and Studio Movie Grill Programmer Todd Donnell announced the list of films on the broadcast with WFAA’s Jason Wheeler.

The films were chosen by representatives of Dallas and North Texas-based film festivals, and Studio Movie Grill (which served as a sponsor and host for both the Dallas Video Fest and the Women Texas Film Festival this past year), including Walford, Cain, and Donnell, along with Bart Weiss (Director, Dallas Video Fest, Artistic Director, 3 Stars Cinema), Maverick Moore (Director, Deep in the Heart FF), Thomas Schubert (Festival Liaison, Asian Film Festival of Dallas), Susan Kandell (Programmer, 3 Stars Cinema), and John Wildman (Publicist and Programming Consultant, WTxFF).

Dallas and North Texas film festivals’ Top 10 Films of 2017

  1. BABY DRIVER (DIR: Edgar Wright)
  2. GET OUT (DIR: Jordan Peele)
  3. THE SHAPE OF WATER (DIR: Guillermo del Toro)
  4. THE BIG SICK (DIR: Michael Showalter)
  5. DUNKIRK (DIR: Christopher Nolan)
  6. LADY BIRD (DIR: Greta Gerwig)
  8. (TIE) MOTHER! (DIR: Darren Aronofsky) and JIM AND ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND (DIR: Chris Smith)
  9. COLOSSAL (DIR: Nacho Vigalondo)
  10. (TIE) THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR: James Franco) and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (DIR: Rian Johnson)    

Other films cited by the group included: Dee Rees’s MUDBOUND; Patty Jenkins’s WONDER WOMAN; Denis Villeneuve’s BLADE RUNNER 2049; Frederick Wiseman’s EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY; Agnieszka Smoczynska’s THE LURE; David Lowery’s A GHOST STORY; Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO; Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT; Jeff Orlowski’s CHASING CORAL; Trey Edward Shults’s IT COMES AT NIGHT; and Macon Blair’s I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE.