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 […]


The ABDN DOCS competition is now open for viewing and voting at the Aberdeen News website. A special thank you goes out to the competition sponsors Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Aberdeen News. Please watch, vote and share.


  ABDN DOCS – $2500 Aberdeen Area Short Documentary Competition ABDN DOCS is an Aberdeen, SD area short documentary competition.  The Aberdeen region has centuries of great stories yet to be told.  It is time to bring the wonders of this area to the big screen. The South Dakota Film Festival has partnered with the […]

Awards Announced

2017 SDFF AWARD WINNERS Best Feature Documentary Film MON KEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGES CREATORS Best Short Documentary Film ON THE WALL. OFF THE CHAIN Best Feature Narrative Film TATER TOT & PATTON Best Short Narrative Film RATED Best Short Comedy Film RAG DOLLS Best Short Experimental Film GRATUS Best Student Film HOW […]

Congratulations films selected

Congratulations to these selected films. We are working quickly to populate information about each film and we will have our running slate posted soon.     Alleva, Beneath Fiery Skies, Better Ride on Tour, Born Again, Carpool, Catching the L Train, CORKY, David Stoll is a Comedian, Deepest Cover, Doctor B, Etymology, FLiCKER, Floating Horses: […]

2016 Festival Awards

Congratulation to all 2016 film makers.  Here are the jury awards. Best Feature Documentary Film THE PRIMARY INSTINCT Best Short Documentary Film A PERFECT RECORD Best Feature Narrative Film WEST VIRGINIA STORIES Best Short Narrative Film PONY Best Romantic Comedy Film THE WEDDING INVITATION Best Feature Comedy Film DEPENDENT’S DAY Best Short Comedy Film A […]

More Ticket Options

Can’t make it to every session.  Life gets in the way sometimes. You can still enjoy the SDFF with some new ticketing options for Friday night, Saturday night and a value pack for the rest of the festival.  Click on the tickets tab at the top of the page to buy yours today.

Special Guests Announced

Special Guests include actors Anthony Michael Hall and Stephen Tobolowsky.  Joining them is Hawk Koch renowned producer and former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  William Klayer director and cinematographer and actress Lisa Ann Walter will also be attending the festival. The producers of the South Dakota Film Festival are proud […]