submissions for the 2017 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival ARE NOW CLOSED. NOTIFICATION DATE FOR THE 2017 FESTIVAL IS SEPTEMBER 20, 2017!


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October 6-15, 2017

October 6-15, 2017

Celebrating a quarter century of seeing
things from a whole new perspective

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For 25 years the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has brought economic and cultural benefits as well as nationwide attention to Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

It annually attracts thousands of visitors to our city, where they experience the rich history and exciting attractions Hot Springs has to offer. In addition, the HSDFF enriches the cultural life of our community, state and region with its unprecedented gathering of the best documentary films and their creators in one place.

The festival’s unparalleled reputation for innovation and scope has long focused the attention of people across the United States on the city, its attractions and its unrivaled hospitality and amenities.

Hot Springs and its residents are enriched beyond measure by having hosted this wonderful festival for a quarter of a century.
— Steve Arrison, CEO, Visit Hot Springs