25th Annual

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 07, 2016 to October 16, 2016

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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Documentary Shorts
Non-fiction, maximum 40 minutes
Documentary Features
Non-fiction in all forms, minimum 40 minutes
Spa City Sports Series
Feature-length documentaries covering indoor and outdoor sports.
Women Behind The Lens: Diverse Perspectives
Women Behind the Lens: Diverse Perspectives is a significant film sidebar. Women Behind the Lens will focus on the contributions of diverse female documentarians.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The mission of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form, to encourage innovation within the genre, to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities, and to preserve the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the premiere documentary film festivals in the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, celebrating its 25th Anniversary October 7-16, is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America. HSDFF offers multiple awards categories, and is a designated Academy-Award© -qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Documentary Short Subject. MovieMaker Magazine has named HSDFF to its global list of “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Each year, HSDFF presents multiple special sidebar programs, one of the most recent being Women Behind the Lens in 2015, funded by a grant from the Academy®. Hot Springs presents the annual breakout Spa City Sports Series showcasing a selection of powerful human stories played out against the fields, arenas, rings and courts of competitive sports across the globe.

HSDFF, a 10-day all-pedestrian festival, makes its home in one of the most unique vacation destinations of the American South, the Historic Spa City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, with all screenings and parties held within easy walking distance. Each October, the city comes alive as film-lovers and filmmakers gather to immerse themselves in over 100 of the best international features and shorts the documentary world has to offer, and to attend unforgettable events. HSDFF offers one-of-a kind forums, tributes to industry greats, and numbers of noted guests and visiting professionals. Over the years, Hot Springs has hosted many of the greats in documentary film, and is known for its warmth and hospitality to filmmakers.

ORGANIZERS

Courtney Pledger (Director); Joe Bilancio; Joe Bilancio; Megan Baker (Associate Director and Operations Manager)

GENERAL RULES

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival exhibits in a variety of program categories. Not all categories are competitive.

*Short Films: 40 minutes or less
*Features: Over 40 minutes
*Fees are non-refundable.
*Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
*Films not in English must be subtitled in English

ELIGIBILITY: Feature and short documentary films completed after January 1, 2014 are eligible for HSDFF 2016 with preference given to films premiering after May 1, 2015.

Feature length films that have been released theatrically or broadcast on television nationally prior to the festival or are available on DVD or VOD are not eligible for competition status and will be considered for non-competitive sections only under special circumstances determined by the festival.

SUBMISSIONS will be received between February and August of 2016, with notification of acceptance no later than September 15th.
SUBMISSION FORMAT: ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR PRE-SCREENING WITH VIMEO OR YOUTUBE LINK. You are required to keep us updated with passwords.

You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

UPDATED CUTS: Our programming team will review the original screener received. HSDFF is unable to guarantee a review of the updated versions of your film, but links to new cuts can be emailed to Megan.hsdfi@gmail.com.

FEEDBACK: Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers at this time.
Have additional questions about submitting? Please email info@hsdfi.org
Once accepted, if distribution plans accelerate and you find that your film will be released, theatrically or otherwise, before October 7, 2016, we ask that you notify us immediately.

LIABILITY
Great care will be taken with entries while with us, however we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear. HSDFF is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses that may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

* SUBMISSION FORMAT: ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR PRE-SCREENING WITH VIMEO OR YOUTUBE LINK.
* The nonrefundable processing fee is payable in US dollars to HSDFI, check, money order or credit card.
* By submitting this material you acknowledge HSDFI's right to copy any submitted material for non-commercial use only.
* I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that, to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true and that I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. I further agree that if this film is selected, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute has permission to screen the film in the 2016 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, October 7th-16th.