After two years of going virtual, South Dakota Film Festival hoping to return to Capitol

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- After back-to-back virtual events, organizers are planning for an in-person South Dakota Film Festival come fall.

Event director Steven Huber said he’s cautiously optimistic about the prospect of an in-person festival as organizers start accepting film submissions. Plans could change if COVID-19 cases spike as the festival nears, he said.

The 2022 South Dakota Film Festival is planned for Sept. 16-18 at the Capitol Theatre. The deadline for submissions is April 1.

“It’s open to anyone,” Huber said, “Anyone who wants to make a short film.”

Previously spread over four-days, organizers this year are planning for a three-day event, he said.

The South Dakota Film Festival was founded in Aberdeen in 2007 by Tom Black, Brent Brandt, Troy McQuillen, Jeremy Smith and Jim Walker. Whitley Zephier of Santa Fe, N.M., also assisted in coordinating special events and celebrity participation.

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