27th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

The Longest Running All-Documentary Film Festival in North America


2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival


Deep within the Ouachita Mountains, in what Native Americans have named the Valley of the Vapors, amidst turn-of-the-century bathhouses and on the doorstep of a national park lies the unforgettable spa city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, host to North America’s oldest all-documentary film festival.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will celebrate its 27th Anniversary October 19-27th at the historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs.

Join this 9-day cinematic adventure where crowds of film-lovers and filmmakers gather to immerse themselves in over 100 of the best films the nonfiction world has to offer, attend unforgettable social events and parties, and meet new friends from all over the world.


In 2017, HSDFF had a record year for attendance and we were honored to host some of the world’s most influential storytellers of our time!


World Class Film Screening

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 27th annual Festival either through a sponsorship or by joining our team of dedicated volunteers!