ABERDEEN, S.D. - The South Dakota Film Festival has announced official selections for the 2008 festival being held Sept. 19 to 21 in Aberdeen. The second annual South Dakota Film Festival will take place in downtown Aberdeen;s historic Capitol Theatre and is expected to be a sold out event.
''We were blown away at the increase in the number of submissions received compared to our inaugural festival last year,'' said Tom Black, festival co-producer. ''Our submissions were up 20 percent and we received nearly 90 films.''
Of those 90 films, 32 have been chosen as official selections. Selections were based on production quality and creativity, and films have come from as far as Sydney, Australia and Aberdeen, Scotland, and as local as Aberdeen, S.D. In all, submissions came from 17 states and three foreign countries.
Minneapolis provided four official selections which were actually winners in their 48-hour film competition held earlier in the year. Aberdeen, S.D., has provided two films which were made as part of the Fischgaard 48-hour film making competition, one being the best of show.
Interesting to this year's selections, the filmmaker from Aberdeen, Scotland, shot his feature film almost entirely in Pine Ridge, S.D. There are some familiar names involved in selected films (producing or starring in) are Jenna and Bodhi Elfman, Nathan Lorch, Jessica Biel, Michelle and Bill Purple, Russell Means, Garry Marshall, Tamara Feldman and Trent Ford.
Since many quality films were received, a fifth session has been added to the schedule on Sunday, which will run until 5 p.m. Twenty-seven of the films are short films, while the rest are feature length and vary from documentary to narrative. Interesting production techniques have been employed by several of the filmmakers to produce films that are not only great stories, but are also technically unique.
New to the festival this year is the technology expo featuring professional movie making equipment from Panasonic, Sanyo, Sennheiser, VSA and Spectrum Films. Forums and discussions are also scheduled.
The official selection list is posted on the Festival's Web site at www.southdakotafilmfest.org. Tickets for the three-day event can be purchased online and are limited. Full festival passes, which gives access to every session all weekend long, are $30 and students will receive a 50 percent discount.
The South Dakota Film Festival is a collaborative effort between the Aberdeen Film Society and the Aberdeen Community Theatre. The mission of the festival is to provide a venue for Midwest filmmakers to screen films and to provide educational and networking opportunities. The South Dakota Film Festival is funded in part by South Dakota Tourism, Capitol Cinema and Governor Mike Rounds' Million Dollar Challenge program.
For more information visit www.southdakotafilmfest.org.