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The South Dakota Film Festival would like to congratulate its 2018 Award Winners! Best Feature Documentary Film—Rodents of Unusual Size​ Best Screenplay—This is Cindy Best Documentary Short Film—Beneath the Ink​ Best Narrative Short Film—Night Call​ Best Comedy Short Film—Adulthood Best Experimental Short Film—Wakinyan Best Student Narrative Film—Small Talk​ Best International Film—Inspector W Best Animated Film—Negative […]

Selected Films for 2018

Congratulations to these films selected to screen in the 2018 South Dakota Film Festival! Our entire schedule and information about each film will be up very soon, so stay tuned . . . A CIRCLE OVER HEAD A Drawing A Time To Remember Adulthood Attack of the Potato Clock Beneath the Ink Better Ride on Tour […]

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 […]

Official Selections Named

After months of deliberations – and a heck of a lot of films – we have made the official selections for the seventh annual South Dakota Film Festival. You will notice there are about 65 films selected. It easily could have been 100 selected, but alas, we are but a 3.5 day festival so we had […]

Our Sponsors Rock!

We are in the process of updating the current list of sponsors. And there a lot of them. So many businesses in the Aberdeen community get really excited about the South Dakota Film Festival. We appreciate their support and we strongly encourage you to throw them a bone and thank them for helping us out. […]

Submissions Now Open!

The 2012 Festival loose ends are just about wrapped up. Certificates to all “Official Selections” have been sent, awards awarded and sponsors thanked. Thanks again to special guest Graham Greene and Jason Micallef for making 2012 a stellar festival. But it’s time to move on to 2013. Click on the “Without A Box” button on […]

Butter Premiers to a Receptive Crowd

  Screenwriter Jason Micallef attended a Q and A after the screening of his new film, Butter, at the 6th annual South Dakota Film Festival. The Capitol Theatre was filled to near capacity for the new film staring Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, Olivia Wild and many, many others. Mr. Micallef stopped off in Aberdeen, […]

Julie Amsberry

 Julie Amsberry began her artistic journey as a child growing up in small town Iowa, completely entranced in pop music, dancing, live theatre, and the wonder of television. In college, she pursued a degree in music education at the University of Northern Iowa then put her nose to the grindstone for many years as a middle […]

Meet Special Guest Jane Rosenthal

Since co-founding Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro in 1988, Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading producer, with a roster of both critically and commercially acclaimed films. Rosenthal produced one of the highest grossing comedy franchises of all times—Meet The Parents (2000), Meet The Fockers (2004), directed by Jay Roach and Little Fockers, […]

Thunderheart Featured at 6th Annual SDFF

Producer Jane Rosenthal To Attend You may recall back in 2009 the SDFF commemorated the 20th anniversary of the filming of Dances with Wolves in this great state. As luck would have it, Mr. Costner himself made an appearance. Well, we’ve moved to another important film that was shot nearly in it its entirety in […]

Announcing the 2012 Films!

It seemed impossible but we did manage to cull the 100+ films down to a pretty awesome collection worthy of the South Dakota Film Festival laurels. They are posted here for now. More details, including the schedule and film details will be forthcoming. Thanks for everyone who submitted and congratulations to the winners! See you […]

Thanks Everyone From the Producers of the SDFF!

Well…another year is in the can. Good golly did we have fun. Thanks so much to Adam and Varda Greenberg for coming. Irene Bedard, Adam Moore and Brían Wescott from SAG were incredible, Alex Massa’s music, Paul Guggenheimer, the food, the movies, all incredible!!! And thanks especially to the filmmakers for making the trip to […]

Adam Greenberg Booked!

After a career of over 50 films, cinematographer Adam Greenberg is enjoying retirement and soon a trip to South Dakota for the 5th Annual South Film Festival in Aberdeen. Mr. Greenberg will take to the stage Friday night, September 16, at 7 p.m. for a Q and A with South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Paul Guggenheimer. […]

2011 Slate Now Online

We are pleased to announce our final selection for this year’s Festival. Thanks so much to everyone who submitted. We regret we don’t have time for more films, but we are a growing Festival. We did add another day of exhibition to accommodate all 51 final selections. The Festival will now start Thursday evening at […]