28th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Oct 18-26th, 2019

The Longest Running All-Documentary Film Festival in North America


HSDFF news!

2019 Schedule is HERE!

Check out our 2019 digital film guide or the complete line up of films and events!


Award Winning Actress Diane Ladd is Festival Honorary Chair

Award winning and Oscar nominated actress Diane Ladd will serve as this year’s HSDFF Honorary Chairperson. “I am so excited and proud to be part of this fantastic festival of non-fiction films and real stories,” says Ladd. “I am a huge fan of documentary films, as these are the last bastion of truth telling art. This year’s line up is incredible and this festival, organized by some amazing female filmmakers, is inspiring and impressive. I look forward to meeting the filmmakers and the audience, as we take in some of this year’s best films and are introduced to the world premieres from some great new artists.”


2019 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Line Up Announced!

Passes & Tickets will be on sale by Tuesday, Oct 1st


HSDFF Announces Annual 2019 Filmmaker Retreat

Application Deadline: May 31st

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HSDFF Late Deadline for Submissions, June 14th, 2019


Take a look back at some of the highlights from HSDFF 2018



The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival offers an extraordinary mix of documentary features and shorts, both domestic and international, as well as exclusive film panels, tributes to industry greats, and local access to a host of celebrity guests and visiting professionals. Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is one of only 38 festivals worldwide that has been designated an Oscar-qualifier in the category of Documentary Short Subject by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is fueled entirely by the support of a thriving community of filmgoers and film lovers and we hope that you will consider supporting the 28th annual Festival either through a sponsorship or by joining our team of dedicated volunteers!