Since 1992. Annual festival honoring non-fiction film submissions for one of the country's premier non- fiction film celebrations. Over 90 films are screened along with special guest scholars, filmmakers and celebrities participate in forums and lectures. In 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences designated HSDFF as an Oscar®-qualifying festival in the Category of Documentary Short Subject, one of only 37 festivals worldwide, making the recipient of the Spa City Best Documentary Short Award eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy® rules. Events held at various venues.