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2024 Film Festival

The 15th annual Festival is

September 27th - September 29th. 

The influential film festival in the Black Hills region returns this coming September with new films, merchandise, filmmaker insights, special guests, seminars, networking, and more.

We are so excited to promote the art of independent film with the Black Hills region.


Opening night reception, introduction to filmmakers and special guests will be hosted by the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD Sept. 27 and followed by a special film presentation.  Films continue at the Hill City High School Theater in Hill City, SD Sept. 28 - 29.

Workshops on film making will be held on Saturday morning. This workshop is free to the public.

Past film festivals 


Welcome the 13th Annual Black Hills Film Festival

  • May 31 Matthews Opera House Spearfish

  • June 3-5 Hill City High School Theatre

  • June 3-5 Historic Hot Springs Theatre

  • June 6 Elks Theatre, Rapid City


The Black Hills Film Festival will be  a VIRTUAL FESTIVAL in 2021

Due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 situation. We will be partnering

with FILM FESTIVAL FLIX to host the platform. Films will be available on

your TV, Computer, or Phone. The dates are Feb. 18 – 25 and all-access

pass holders will have even more time to view films.


The Black Hills Film Festival has selected a new season and new dates, Feb. 20 – 25 for the 2020 Festival. 

  • Rapid City Thursday and Friday, February 20 - 21,

  • Hot Springs Friday through Sunday, February 21 – 23,

  • Hill City Saturday and Sunday, February 22 – 23, and

  • Spearfish Tuesday, February 25.

Be a significant part of the Black Hills Film Festival. The Festival connects with and services our community, fostering a sense of understanding of one another through a shared experience. Your participation will help the Festival secure advertising, bring in industry leaders, create awards for filmmakers, support students and South Dakota filmmakers, rent facilities and technical equipment, host educational seminars, and so much more.


Individuals needing assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), should contact the BHFF ADA Coordinator (605-574-9454) four business days prior to a meeting or event in order to ensure accommodations are available. For any in-person meeting and the annual Festival Event, notice is further given to individuals with disabilities that the meeting/event is being held in a physically accessible location.

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