32nd Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

04 Oct 2023 in

The 32nd Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) runs Oct. 6 through 14 at the Arlington Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, and Arkansas PBS is involved in a number of ways.

HSDFF Filmmaker Forum
Monday, Oct. 9th and Tuesday, Oct. 10th at 9 a.m.

The HSDFF Filmmaker Forum is a two-day filmmaker/industry conference which offers dynamic programming focused on the business, art and craft of documentary storytelling. The forum aims to become a major annual gathering of filmmakers and industry leaders from the South and mid-South regions and from across the U.S. With a focus on public media, as well as a wider lens on the nonfiction ecosystem as a whole, the gathering will include keynotes, panels, workshops, one-on-one meetings with executives and offer a multitude of opportunities for filmmakers to connect and foster community.

Emerging Filmmakers Program
Crystal Ballroom at the Arlington Resort Hotel
Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Arkansas PBS are pleased to support and educate Arkansas student documentary filmmakers. We help students use filmmaking to explore their world, examine history and express the issues important to them. Student workshops and screenings are designed to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form.

Student filmmakers are invited to participate in screenings and sessions that support the creation of purposeful media and explore the power of investigation and expression in digital storytelling.

“Southern Storytellers” Screening with Mary Steenburgen
Crystal Ballroom at the Arlington Resort Hotel
Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

HSDFF Honorary Chair, Mary Steenburgen will be a key participant in the “Southern Storytellers” Screening and Panel. Moderated by Arkansas PBS Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Craig Renaud, will join Steenburgen for a screening and conversation of the new Arkansas PBS Docuseries, “Southern Storytellers,” which traverses the South, from the mountains of Appalachia to the Gulf of Mexico, revealing a vivid patchwork of diverse American stories that celebrate the resilience and joy of Southern people - and the magnitude of gifts from the region’s writers.

Brent Renaud Foundation Mentorship Program
Maple Room at the Arlington Resort Hotel
Friday, October 13 at 4 p.m.

In this intensive workshop for emerging filmmakers presented in partnership with Arkansas PBS, working filmmakers Amman Abbasi, Nathan Willis and Andy Sarjahani join Peabody winner Craig Renaud to share insights about their creative processes as well as practical advice on what it takes to sustain a career in filmmaking. This is a rare opportunity to learn "from the inside out" about how filmmakers approach the art and craft of filmmaking. The workshop is ideal for those who have already identified filmmaking as a passion and possible career path, and we urge those filmmakers to come prepared to discuss their own filmmaking goals and project ideas. Student filmmakers eager to learn more about the nuts and bolts of a filmmaking career are also welcome to attend.

Space is limited to 20 participants.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival