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Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Contest

SDFF is proud to partner with Chloe Zhao director of  Songs My Brothers Taught Me and Pharrel Williams’s i am OTHER to present the: Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Competition. Winning films will screen at the SDFF 2015. Songs My Brother Taught Me is set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, […]

Sunday Family Day Discount

Bring the entire family to the Sunday programming and all students get in for $3 per session.  That is a bargain.  You will get to see some family friendly short films and a special guest appearance by Stephanie Arne the host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.  Stephanie will take the stage at 2:30.

Tickets on Sale

Do not dawdle, tickets are now on sale. VIP’s and full festival passes will be limited! They are on a first come first serve basis. Last year, all VIP and Full Festival passes  sold out. Do not delay your purchase. Individual session passes are available at the door prior to each session.    

Slate of Films for the 2014 SDFF

We apologize for the delay in posting the slate of films.  We have struggled with one of the submission services in trying to get proper and professional notifications to all submitting filmmakers.  The issue is still not resolved. To avoid further delay we are posting the list of accepted films.  Full information about each film […]

Submissions Closed

The submission period for the 2014 festival is closed.  We look forward to reviewing every film submitted.  The slate will be announced soon.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a film.  We appreciate your hard work and artistry.  Everyone should be proud of their film.  Thank you again.

Submissions Open January 1

It is hard to believe that it is already time to open submissions again. Officially, January 1, 2014 is the opening day of submission season for the SDFF. Submissions close on June 30, 2014. Our panel of producers has agreed to keep submission fees low by locking the rates in at the 2013 level. Additionally […]

Bai Ling Appearing at SDFF

We were all very impressed with a short film called, Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale, which was shot in the Bad Lands and 1880s Town near Rapid City. The Chinese star actor caught our eye, the film was gripping, and we had to have the film. As it turns out, we got the star too. […]

Notice About Ticket Sales

As a result of excellent ticket sales (thanks everyone!) we need to better control the remaining seats available. Therefore, we are ending the online option for purchasing tickets, and we are no longer offering the VIP or Full Festival pass packages. HOWEVER, we are not sold out. Just decide what sessions you want to attend […]

Special Guest Update: Sean Covel to Attend!

The South Dakota Film Festival received word that Sean Covel of Napoleon Dynamite fame, is attending our festival. We took advantage of some open time, will hand Sean a mic, and let him talk to everyone about financing independent films. Perhaps a few would be interested in the topic. Sean Covel is a film and […]

Hip Fest Film Kicks Off SDFF

The widely popular, and acclaimed new indie feature, Short Term 12 has been selected to kick off the SDFF during our opening session. The opening session starts at 7 pm, Friday, Sept. 27. Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and […]