And The Winner Is...

We are happy to announce the winners of the 25th Anniversary Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Best U.S. Documentary Feature


Spa City Best International Documentary Feature

Starless Dreams (Iran)

Spa City Best Documentary Short

My Aleppo 

Recipients of HSDFF’s Spa City Best Documentary Short Award will qualify 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.  

Deltic Timber Corporation Best Environmental Story

Small People, Big Trees

Spa City Best Stories of the South Award


Arvest Audience Award

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Spa City Best Sports Documentary ( "The Buzzy Award”)

Swim Team

Heifer International Spa City Spirit Award

Ed Asner

TLI PRINT Fan Choice For Best Poster

Crossing the Line

Student Selects Best Documentary

Somethin’ ‘Bout Saturday, Directed by Scarlett Gooch