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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival announces 2015 competition films

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The 24th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce the films competing for the titles of Spa City Best U.S. Documentary, Spa City Best International Documentary and Spa City Best Sports Documentary.

These nominees are among the 140 films, features and shorts screening at the HSDFF from October 9-18.

Spa City Best U.S. Documentary

  • Be Here Now, directed by Lilibet Foster.
  • From This Day Forward, directed by Sharon Shattuck
  • Monsieur Le President, directed by Victoria Campbell
  • Romeo is Bleeding, directed by Jason Zeldes
  • The Seventh Fire, directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono
  • Shoulder the Lion, directed by Erinnisse Heuer and Patryk Rebisz


Spa City Best International Documentary

  • (Be)longing, Portugal, directed by João Pedro Plácido
  • Chameleon, Canada, directed by Ryan Mullins
  • Democrats, Denmark, directed by Camilla Nielsson
  • Driving with Selvi, Canada, directed by Elisha Paloschi
  • Something Better to Come, Denmark-Poland, directed by Hanna Polak
  • Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, United Kingdom, directed by Saeed Taji Farouky
  • War of Lies, Germany, directed by Matthias Bittner


Spa City Best Sports Documentary

  • Gored, directed by Ido Mizrahy
  • The Great Alone, directed by Greg Kohs
  • Harry & Snowman, directed by Ron Davis
  • The Prince of Pennsylvania, directed by John Viles
  • T-Rex, directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper


There are also 20 short documentaries in competition to be announced when the full lineup is revealed next week.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the oldest nonfiction festival in North America, and is also an Academy®-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Recipients of the festival’s Spa City Best Documentary Short Award will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy® rules. MovieMaker Magazine has named HSDFF to its global list of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

For more information on the festival or to purchase passes and tickets, visit www.hsdfi.org.