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Black Hills Film Festival – May 14-16 – Hill City

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 3:46 am

ARTICLE COURTESY OF BHFF ORGANIZERS:  JANNA EMMEL, RICK VANNESS, CHRIS VANNESS

We knew what we were getting into when we launched the Black Hills Film Festival – we’ve all worked in film and have organized events before.  What we didn’t imagine was just how much support and enthusiasm we would receive from our community.  It seems that this is the right time and place for this event to happen.

Our aim with the Festival is to promote film in this area and call attention to our great location and also make our communities more aware of film as an art form.  We had over 70 films submitted to the Festival and it was a really hard task to narrow the list down to 40 which we will screen.   Audiences will experience short films, historical pieces, indigenous-themed films, films made by South Dakota filmmakers and movies from filmmakers around the world.

We also wanted to do something for the Filmmakers. Judges from Los Angeles and the East Coast are choosing “best” films in each of 5 categories, with the winning filmmakers receiving a cash award and bronze statuette.  We’ve also planned educational sessions on “Filmmaker Friday” at Crazy Horse that will be really spectacular! Here’s the lineup:

· Panel discussions on Film Distribution and Niche Marketing for the Web.

· Acting workshop conducted by Hollywood actor Gary Graham (Star Trek, Alien Nation)

· Two Artists from Industrial Light & Magic (Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Star Trek), will be talking about Computer Graphics, Animation and Modeling for film.

· Special guest Viki Psihoyos will discuss the making of the 2009 Academy Award® winning Documentary “The Cove”.

These seminars are free with your filmmaker pass. Passes can be purchased at www.blackhillsfilmfestival.org

Sponsored by Heart of the Hills Economic Development Corporation, Prairie Berry Winery and Krull’s Market

The Black Hills Film Festival is a South Dakota non-profit organization operating in partnership with the Hill City Arts Council, a 501(c)3 organization. The South Dakota Film Office, a component of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development, sponsors the event and is in full support of the inaugural festival and its activities.


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