Movie Maker Magazine Names Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival One of the 'Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee'


by Luke Jokes

We’re big fans of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and it looks like we’re not the only ones. 

Movie Maker Magazine just listed the HSDFF in its annual worldwide list of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” This national publication, which give a nod to "the eccentric history of [the] spa city," is based in Santa Monica and reaches a readership of more than 160,000, while the magazine’s website hits more than a million visitors a year. 

As the oldest nonfiction festival in North America, the HSDFF is also an Academy-qualifying festival, meaning that recipients of the Spa City Best Documentary Short Award will be entered in the running for the Documentary Short Subject category at the Academy Awards.

“Documentary filmmakers today are faced with hard decisions when it comes to their festival budgets and festival choices,” executive director of HSDFF Courtney Pledger said. “Our goal is, and has always been, for filmmakers to feel deeply supported and part of the HSDFF family.  We want to see them soar, and return to HSDFF again and again.”

Check out our feature on Courtney Pledger from our March issue.

Just this past year, the HSDFF welcomed celebrities Glen Campbell, Greg Louganis, George Takei, Luke Wilson and more. The 2015 festival will take place October 9-18 at the Arlington Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs.

For more information on the HSDFF, visit their website, and to check out Movie Maker’s full list of festivals, click here