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19-Apr-2014 6:03pm PDT  


Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

23 Annual October 10, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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659 Ouachita Ave.
Hot Springs National Park AR 71901
Phone: 501-538-2290

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Documentary Shorts
Non-fiction in all forms, maximum 40 minutes
Documentary Features
Non-fiction in all forms, minimum 40 minutes
McKinnis Sports Series
Feature-length documentaries covering indoor and outdoor sports.

The mission of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form, to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities, and to establish the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as the premier documentary film festival in the world.

As the documentary genre continues to evolve, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival strives to remain ahead of the curve by showcasing the most exciting, enlightening and informative documentary films available today. With the aid of roughly 25 screening committee members, we whittle down hundreds of film entries to produce a program that influences the way an audience thinks and interacts with the world. Now as an Academy-Award© Qualifying film festival in the category of documentary short subject, the festival pays special attention to the documentary short. However, the festival offers award categories for filmmakers in several categories with all awards selected by jurors that are highly respected in the film industry and community and looks for documentary films of all types.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is now entering its 23rd year maintaining it as the longest running documentary film festivals in North America. The ten-day event features nearly 100 short and feature length documentaries from all around the world at one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the southern United States, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Both the city and the festival are known for its small town charm and hospitable character. Each fall the festival integrates itself into the fabric of the arts community found in downtown Hot Springs and comes alive with celebration featuring music by visiting artists, guests and local musicians. Throughout our festival, industry professionals, filmmakers, and celebrity guests participate in extensive workshops, panels, and discussion forums.

Thousands of guests travel to Hot Springs from both near and far in order to see the finest in current documentary films. We showcase both classic and avant-garde forms of documentary film, screening award nominated films alongside the year's most exceptional student films and alternative new works.

HSDFF is a volunteer based organization hosted by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing unique educational and cultural opportunities using the genre of documentary film. Whether the films are subversive or commercial, the emphasis is on the documentary film as an art form that promotes critical thinking on real life issues. Through symposia, forums, discussion groups and teaching, HSDFI brings cultural and social knowledge to all ages from the gifted work of film professionals.

All films are screened at the nationally historic Arlington Hotel & Spa, within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, historic bath houses, trails and the scenic beauty of the Hot Springs National Park. Our reputation as a first rate documentary film festival has culminated into what is now going to be our 23rd year of spotlighting the best in cutting edge documentary films from all around the world. On behalf of our devoted staff, and volunteers we hope that you participate in paying tribute to 23 years of documentary excellence.

Courtney Pledger (Director) ; Courtney Pledger (Director) ; Megan Baker (Associate Director and Operations Manager) ; Megan Baker (Associate Director and Operations Manager) ; Megan Baker (Associate Director and Operations Manager) ; Megan Baker (Associate Director and Operations Manager) ; Susan Altrui (Producer) ; Susan Altrui (Producer) ; Susan Altrui (Producer)

* Documentary: Features, Shorts and Student films accepted
* Early submissions are strongly encouraged due the large numbers of entries.
* Please keep the Institute informed of address/phone or email changes
* Due to the large number of submissions we are no longer able to return preview copies.
* Submissions will be reviewed between March and August of 2014.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is creating a Documentary Film Lending Library and is expanding its schedule of statewide and regional educational outreach screenings and programs throughout the year. By submitting your entry, you grant HSDFI permission to screen the work for these educational, non-profit purposes.

For more information about outreach screenings, please contact 501.538.2290. Thank you!


* Please send (3) dvd copies in NTSC format per submission. * 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 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, October 10-19, 2014.