Sept. 30--Even with the high demand for seats on Saturday, South Dakota Film Festival organizers were able to accommodate every person looking to attend.
Tom Black, co-producer of the seventh annual festival, said the group anticipated strong sales going into the final week before the festival and suspended sales for pre-sold passes. Those looking to attend were placed on a call list and contacted if seats became available.
"We were able to accommodate everyone on the list," Black said.
Attendees at the four-day festival witnessed a variety of films, including documentaries and animations. Black said many of those films will have a continued life at future film festivals, and some may even end up on the shelf in people's homes.
Black said this year's attendance was "far better than expected."
While organizers always anticipate a loyal crowd, he said, this year's attendance also included an energetic increase at all sessions, which is heartwarming for producers to see.
Black said attendees to the festival would all gain something a little different.
"I hope they come away entertained and educated," he said.
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