25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
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25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

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Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

239 Central Avenue

Hot Springs, AR

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The 25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF), is proudly celebrating a milestone year as the oldest all-documentary festival in North America. HSDFF offers 10 days of the best in short and feature-length non-fiction film, complimented by vibrant parties, unique special events and noted special guests.

HSDFF will host its 25th Anniversary Celebration Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 16th at the Arlington Hotel and Spa in the historic downtown district of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Attracting filmmakers and special industry guests from across the region, the nation and from around the world, the festival 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.  

In 2016, the Academy® again sponsors a special film series entitled Women Behind the Lens: Diverse Perspectives. Deltic Timber Corporation introduces a program of compelling environmental documentaries, AARP presents a film sidebar Movies for Grownups, and The Spa City Sports Series will return for its 5th yearHSDFF Family will again provide child-friendly film blocks and interactive activities for the whole family.

HSDFF's hub is the Arlington Hotel and Spa, with special events held up and down historic Central Avenue, all venues within walking distance. All-Access passholders 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 the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival’s grand 25th Birthday Party!


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