The SDFF was designed to be a unique statewide event for filmmakers and film lovers to gather, mingle and watch pretty cool movies. There is nothing like cinema on a big screen and that thrill is the reason we seek out and invite films of all kinds to participate in this pique event for South Dakota.
The South Dakota Film Festival began in 2007 to acknowledge films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (SD, MN, ND, IA, WY, MT, and NE) or films shot in the Great Plains region. However, regional considerations are only one of many factors considered in the final draw of films chosen for the “South Dakota Film Festival”. While we are trying to emphasize films from the Great Plains, that is not the primary focus. The goal of the “South Dakota Film Festival” is to screen the “best” films submitted regardless of their geographic origin.
The screening weekend of the South Dakota Film Festival typically runs the third weekend in September. Most films are shown in the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Aberdeen, SD.
The SDFF was formed by this group (picture above) of passionate film buffs who continue to direct the efforts of the event. James Walker and the entire staff of Capitol Cinema contribute event management for the four-day Festival.
Full Festival Pass (all films, parties, workshops) $36
VIP Pass (all films, parties, workshops, filmmaker lounge) $120
Individual Sessions are $12 at the door.
Students receive a 50% discount with current student ID.