Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

HSDFF

25th edition

Oct 07 - Oct 16, 2019
Estimated
Hot Springs, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Documentary
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. That year, 10 Academy Award nominated documentary films were screened to the public free of charge. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his presence to this first event and spoke of a bright future: “This (Hot Springs) could be the documentary capital of the world.”

At the gala fundraising event the next year, featured actor James Earl Jones proclaimed, “I see the 1990s as holding the promise of an unparalleled era of popularity for nonfiction film and video, with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the genre’s most important venues.”

In keeping with this shared vision, HSDFF was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1992. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (renamed in 1996) remains the only film institute in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre. Each year with the help of over 600 dedicated volunteers, board, and staff members, the Institute presents the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, a multicultural and intergenerational event. The Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest tourist attractions in Arkansas providing significant economic benefits, as well as helping to shape the identity of Arkansas nationally and internationally. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival provides the Institute with a catalyst for further development, digitization, distribution of documentaries and film education initiatives for training film industry professionals.

The Festival is recognized by the International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of only seven national Academy Award qualifying venues. The HSDFI screening committee views nearly 1,000 films submitted from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and selects 100 to be viewed each year.
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Festival website www.hsdfi.org/

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blakemyers1977 attended with Disabled But Able to Rock in 2011

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This was an awesome festival. The staff was really helpful and showed my crew and I a great time. They even went out of their way to bring the subject of my documentary to the festival. It was one of the best festivals my film played at. I would highly recommend submitting to their festival. Blake Around 6 years ago