ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen Film Society in cooperation with the Aberdeen Community Theatre will host the first annual South Dakota Film Festival. The festival in Aberdeen will be held September 21-23, 2007.
“Adding a premier film festival to South Dakota’s statewide arts lineup is perfect and perhaps overdue,” said festival co-producer, Troy McQuillen. “The film festival will be a great addition to the state’s longstanding tradition of arts and humanities appreciation.”
The South Dakota Film Festival will begin accepting submissions on Monday, June 11, 2007 on a regional, national, and international level, with an emphasis on films made in, or by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (S.D., Minn., Iowa, Wyo. and Neb.). Regional consideration is only one of the many factors that will be accounted for in the final selection of films chosen for the South Dakota Film Festival.
“While we are trying to emphasize films from the Great Plains, this is not our primary focus,” said festival co-producer, Tom Black. “The goal of the South Dakota Film Festival is to screen the ‘best’ films submitted regardless of their geographic origin.”
The South Dakota Film Festival is seeking films in the following categories: narrative, documentary and animation. Films can be short or feature length.
All selected films will be screened to the public during the three day festival. The festival will include a vendor expo, awards ceremony and after-glow party.
Organizers of the South Dakota Film Festival have helped bring the Fischgaard Short Film Project, and the internationally known 48 Hour Film Project to the area.
Additional information, including rules, film submission guidelines, ticket information and other accommodations may be obtained by calling Tom Black, (605) 216-6650 or by visiting www.southdakotafilmfest.org