An unprecedented eight films will open the Dallas International Film Festival on April 8.

All eight screens at the Angelika Film Center will take part in the opening night showcase representing the multiple programming strands..

Titles include The opening night films include: Bill Cunningham New York, Multiple Sarcasms, Nosotros Los Pobres (We The Poor), and Skateland.

The line-up of 153 features and shorts includes world premieres of Jorge Colon’s Without Her (Sin Ella), Neil Truglio’s We Are The Sea, and Frank Mosely’s Hold, as well as Derrick Borte’s The Joneses, Will Canon’s SXSW hit Brotherhood, Diane Bell’s Obselidia, and a special presentation of Orson Welles’ Touch Of Evil.

The annual Dallas Star Award presented to film artists in recognition of their unique contributions to cinema will go to Guillermo Arriaga, John Lee Hancock, cinematographer Wally Pfister and Mexican film Icon Pedro Infante to mark Mexico’s Bicentennial.

Pete Docter, this year’s Oscar winning director of the animated feature Up, will receive the Texas Avery Animation Award prior to a special celebration of his career in animation.

“We closed last year with multiple films and the audience loved the selection and choice,” Dallas Film Society chairman Michael Cain said. “This move enables us to welcome a larger audience and turn the spotlight on more film-making teams who now share ownership of  the Opening Night of the festival.”

The festival will run from April 8-18.