Film Festival Reviews and Films

It was an honor to be the Keynote speaker and then unexpected recipient of Best Documentary Feature at the inaugural Hot Springs International Film Women’s Film Festival.  With all of the other festivals out there, it would seem a fool’s folly to want to start a festival, but the need and desire for such a festival was apparent in this history-filled little town.  So many classic genre films such as the gangster and baseball movies have scenes taken from the pages of Hot Springs history. The Central Theater is as much a museum of film history as it is a movie theater. Even on display across the street from the theater was the crane Hitchcock used in many of his films. It's a destination for a movie fan and thrill to feel connected to it all as a filmmaker.  As this festival grows in prominence, I hope it will retain the personal and intimate feel of someplace special.

Sandra Luckow

Professor of documentary and narrative film production at Yale University, School of Art, Barnard College, and Columbia University.

One of the most professional and carefully executed festivals.  I was  treated like Hollywood royalty.  The founder/director of festival Bill  Volland was so kind and treated everyone with exceptional southern  hospitality. Thank you HSIWFF for a memorable experience. I will definitely be submitting/attending next year!

Alicia Hayes

Filmmaker

Karen and I really enjoyed our visit - and thought you did such a nice job of selecting films and were so kind.

We were very glad to attend - and thank you for the honor of this award.  

Best Regards, Becky Smith

Professor UCLA MFA directing program. Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 





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AWARDS

 2019


  BEST FEATURE FILM


THE CUTLASS


  BEST SHORT FILM


A LAND SHAPED BY WOMEN


  BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 


FLY LIKE A GIRL 


  BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY 


BEYOND SIXTY PROJECT


  RISING STAR AWARD


FEAR NO GUMBO





2018


DAYS OF POWER


- BEST FEATURE FILM  


ALFRED J HEMLOCK


- BEST SHORT FILM


THAT WAY MADNESS LIES...


- BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY  


LEFT ON PEARL


- BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY   


AUGUST IN BERLIN


- BEST DIRECTOR


THE THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND


- BEST ACTRESS JULIANA HARKAVY 


MELODY MAKERS


- AUDIENCE AWARD 



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