Films selected for 2011 South Dakota Film Festival in Aberdeen

Films selected for 2011 South Dakota Film Festival in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — After reviewing over 180 film submissions from around the world, the South Dakota Film Festival selection committee announced recently that 51 films have been chosen as “official selections.” Once again, due to the quantity of submissions, another day has been added to the schedule, making it a four-day event.

The festival is Sept. 15-18 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Aberdeen, S.D. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.southdakotafilmfest.org. Full festival passes are $30, and VIP passes are $100. Students are half price.

Films judged by the committee are eventually culled down based on originality, production quality, acting quality, and relevance to Aberdeen’s geographic area.

“We don’t necessarily single out regionally made movies,” said SDFF producer Brent Brandt. “We just hope to attract as many locally produced films as possible.”

Winners receive free passes to the festival and are presented with a certificate and small gift. They also get the distinction of being able to add “Official Selection, South Dakota Film Festival” to their movie.

The 2011 festival has, once again, seen an increase in film submissions. About 180 films from around the world were submitted. Films came from 11 countries including Canada, Australia, Germany and 32 states. Categories for submission include feature-length narratives, short narratives, feature-length documentaries, short documentaries and animation.

Since its founding in 2007, the festival has enjoyed a rapid rise in prominence. In 2009, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner was a special guest at the festival, and 2010’s line-up included film score composer Kyle Eastwood and an acting workshop hosted by the Screen Actors Guild of Los Angeles. In 2010, 32 of the 50 films were represented by their filmmaking team.

Planning for the 2011 SD Film Festival is ongoing. Invitations are pending for actors, filmmakers and notable cinematographers to attend. The Screen Actors Guild will once again conduct an acting workshop.

— Information taken from a South Dakota Film Festival news release

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