The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest all-documentary festival in North America, offers 10 days of the best in non-fiction film, complimented by thought-provoking panels, as well as vibrant parties and unique special events held throughout the festival week. HSDFF, hosting its 24th annual event October 9-18, 2015, attracts festival-goers, filmmakers and special industry guests from across the region, the nation and around the world. HSDFF is a multi-cultural and multi-generational event, screening more than 100 films each year, from award-winners to undiscovered gems. In 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences designated HSDFF as an Oscar®-qualifying festival in the Category of Documentary Short Subject, one of only 37 festivals worldwide, making the recipient of the Spa City Best Documentary Short Award eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy® rules. This October, the Academy® will sponsor a special film series entitled Women Behind the Lens: Black and Latina Filmmakers. Special programming will also include the film series True Storytellers from Mid-America, featuring the perspectives of filmmakers from the six Mid-America States of Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, as well as Being Human: The Humanities in Non-Fiction Film, revealing varied aspects of the human culture and experience. AARP will sponsor a film sidebar highlighting the the lives of people who know life really does begin at 50. The Spa City Sports Series, now in it’s 4th year, features strong stories played out against the backdrop of sports fields, courts, tracks and rings. HSDFF Family will provide family-friendly film blocks and interactive activities for the whole family. All-Access pass holders can make themselves at home in the VIP Filmmaker Lounge where they will mix and mingle with filmmakers, industry professionals and celebrity guests, making new friends from all over the world. Don’t miss this incredible 10-day cinematic adventure!