Though its future was, at one point, uncertain, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will live on as the only solely documentary film festival in the U.S. when it celebrates its 21st year Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
This year’s festival will feature over 100 documentary films from around the world, which will be screened at the historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in the heart of downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Traditionally held in the Malco Theatre, the festival was forced to change venues after a storm swept through Hot Springs earlier this year causing damage to the Malco.
“The Arlington Hotel understands the importance of keeping one of Arkansas’ greatest cultural events alive and well in downtown Hot Springs,” said Festival Director Courtney Pledger in a press release on the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute’s Web site. “Without the donation of space from The Arlington to host the festival there is a good chance that the festival might not have happened this year. We are incredibly grateful that The Arlington was generous enough to help the festival in a time of need.”
Pledger, an Arkansas native and film producer, was hired as Festival Director in March after having moved back to central Arkansas from the Los Angeles area. She is also the Executive Director of the new Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.
In addition to a wide variety of documentaries, the 21st Film Festival will feature workshops and panel discussions, plus Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers. Film passes and tickets for the 21st Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival can be purchased in advance HERE.
For more information and a festival schedule visit their Web site, http:www.hsdfi.org on the Web.