One of newest and most impressive feathers in South Dakota’s arts-and-culture cap, the festival is eagerly anticipated each spring by the entire greater community. Conceived, administered, and orchestrated each year by its own 501(c)(3), the BHFF enjoys funding and volunteer support from the Hill City Arts Council.
Launched in 2010 by local experts in the film industry, the BHFF came onto the scene with an impressive “cast.” Each year they present:
Film selections include short and feature length, student and professional, independent and studio-made. Films are screened in Hill City at the school theater and the Harley Davidson building, and at nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. In its inaugural year, BHFF celebrated the 50th anniversary of North by Northwest with screenings of that film at Mount Rushmore, where parts of the movie were shot.
Attendees express great appreciation for the professional format of the festival, as well as the welcoming, intimate feel provided by Hill City, its host community. They also love the parties, which are a staple of all great film festivals. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and greet, mix and mingle.
This year, BHFF will be a featured program in Art of the Hills, the region’s only art and culture magazine, which is now published by the Hill City Arts Council.