Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival to receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the 33rd edition of the critically acclaimed film festival. This project will support the ongoing operations of the event. HSDFF is among 1,135 projects across America totaling nearly $37 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2024 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“Projects like the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

HSDFF Executive Director Ken Jacobson added, “This prestigious national award is a testament to the innovative and tireless effort put forth by our entire festival team and Board to create and build upon an event that affects, inspires, and entertains generations of audiences, filmmakers and guests who travel to Hot Springs from all around the world. We are honored by the support shown to our festival by the National Endowment for the Arts. These funds will support new and expanded activities for the 2024 festival, including improving accessibility to the festival; providing additional support for filmmakers from the South and Mid-South regions to attend the second Filmmaker Forum, our filmmaker/industry conference; and bolstering our year-round programs, both locally and throughout the region. It is because of the NEA’s faith in us, and in so many festivals across the country, that events like HSDFF are able to thrive.”

The upcoming 33rd edition of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will take place October 18-26 with plans to continue and grow such impactful events as “True Stories”, HSDFF’s live storytelling event, and the SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS screening and panel, which both debuted last year. These interactive programs and the slate of official selections will once again make this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival a can’t miss national film event.

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