Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
October 6 - 15, 2017
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest documentary festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. MovieMaker Magazine lists HSDFF among the top festivals worldwide worth the entry fee. In 1992, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI) incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and remains one of the few film institutes in the United States dedicated solely to the documentary film genre. Each year the Institute presents the annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival with the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers, the institute’s board of directors, and staff members. The festival's screening committee views nearly 1,000 films submitted from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In the festival’s early years, actor James Earl Jones declared, “I see the 1990's as holding the promise of an unparalleled era of popularity for nonfiction film, with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the genre’s most important venues.” Today, HSDFF ranks among the world's best documentary film festivals, and the popularity of the documentary form continues its exponential growth.