HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Tonight kicks off the Hot Springs Film Festival, the 25th year for an event that is renowned around the country.
Every year film lovers flock to the spa city for a festival that has brought a lot of money to the area and puts Hot Springs on the map.
“Being the oldest documentary festival of it’s kind in North America, people know about Hot Springs and they know about the documentaries that come here,” said Matt Decample with the Hot Springs Film Festival.
An award in Hot Springs could lead you to an Academy Award, a draw that brings many to the festival.
“This is one of those paths to Oscar night for short form documentary. So for a lot of filmmakers this is a destination for a long time. Hot Springs can be their next step,” Decample said.
The festival kicks off Friday night with a documentary receiving a lot of national acclaim, a film about Arkansas.
“The Titan 2 Missile Crisis in Arkansas in 1980 where we almost had a nuclear warhead detonate in Arkansas, and not a lot of people knew that. Even at the time people didn’t know about it because the Air Force was quiet about it,” Decample said.
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival runs through Sunday and it’s open to the public.For more information, click here ( http://www.hsdfi.org/ ).