Saturday, May 9, 2009


Hot Springs, Arkansas - USA
October 16 to 25, 2009

In the Spotlight this week is the 18th Annual HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, one of the nation's premier celebrations of the non-fiction genre. Highly regarded and influential, Hot Springs is an esteemed showcase of the work of new and established documentarians.

America's oldest documentary festival, Hot Springs is a non-competitive event, honoring approximately 100 films each year alongside current non-fiction Academy Award nominees. This welcoming format allows for camaraderie among filmmakers - all of whom are individually acknowledged for their accomplishments. The media attention exhibiting filmmakers gain at Hot Springs alone is comprehensive.

Located in Arkansas' beautiful Hot Springs National Park, the Festival draws in well over 22,000 movie lovers, filmmakers, and industry each year. Festival alumni include numerous accomplished documentarians such as Harry Thomason, Richard Kaplan, Albert Maysles, Ben Meade, and David Hausen. A testament to the Festival's significance, James Earl Jones declares Hot Springs "one of the genre's most important venues."

May 22, 2009 - Regular Deadline
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The mission of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form, to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities, and to establish itself as the world's premier documentary film festival.

Accepted filmmakers are invited to the Filmmaker's Welcome Reception and the Gala Banquet, and receive transportation to and from the Little Rock Airport, a Festival Pass, and up to two nights stay at the Arlington Resort, Hotel & Spa. Filmmakers are encouraged to take advantage of the area's thermal baths, hiking, and general beauty, as a bonus to the Festival's camaraderie, events, and full slate of documentary films. Over 70 filmmakers usually attend each year, and are warmly welcomed by a community that embraces the documentary film format.

Alum Ken Burns declares Hot Springs "a guileless festival. There's no attitude... People come together here" and Harry Thomason remarks, "I am convinced that there is not a more gracious, efficient, and creative group running a film festival anywhere in the world. It is easy to see why this festival is growing at such a phenomenal rate." And FilmThreat's Chris Gore hails the Festival as "one of the best venues for filmmakers to come to." Take part in this acclaimed, filmmaker-friendly celebration; submit your non-fiction work to Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival today!

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