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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 […]

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 […]

Shannon Lucio Attending Festival

Filmmakers of the short, Home, will be attending the Festival in a few weeks. This accomplished, and up-and-coming actor will be recognizable to many. Shannon Lucio received her BA in theater from the University of Southern California. Shortly thereafter, she landed her breakout role on Fox’s The O.C.  Most recently, she collaborated with Joss Whedon […]

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. […]

Official Selections Coming Soon

Thanks to everyone who submitted films to the seventh annual, South Dakota Film Festival! Wow…there were a lot of films. This was a record year for us with submissions nearing the 250 mark. We’re still in the process of reviewing, but we have made a couple decisions so far. Make sure you like us on […]

Submission Deadline Approaching

We want to see your films! If you check out the deadlines on WithoutABox, you will see several; the REGULAR deadline, the LATE Deadline, and the EXTENDED Deadline. The last day you can get films to us for review for the 2013 SD Film Festival is June 28, 2013. If you submit earlier, you’ll take advantage […]

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 […]

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 […]