Film is on the rise in South Dakota. At least that's what those attending the 7th Annual South Dakota Film Festival are saying.
Those at the festival in Aberdeen say the state has a lot to offer the film industry.
"I think that eventually somebody, me or somebody else, is going to capture that quintessential South Dakota movie that's going to be like, 'boom, wow, that's a place we have to go to,'" Pierre filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger said.
Kightlinger expects more and more filmmakers will come to South Dakota. The landscape is one perk the state has to offer; the low cost of shooting here is other.
Christoph Schuler is a filmmaker at the South Dakota festival from Germany. Those factors, he says, are just some that could draw him here for a film.
"People here in South Dakota, they're really cool, they're really so open minded and friendly. It's just mind blowing," Schuler said.
And whether at a film festival like this one or elsewhere, Schuler enjoys the support he's observed for the arts in the state.
Interest shown at the Aberdeen event supports that observation. In the past it's sold a lot of tickets by inviting big names like Kevin Costner. This year they don't have someone of that caliber.
"But interestingly enough our ticket sales have been extremely strong and practically out-pacing previous years, and I think a lot of that's on growing anticipation for some of the South Dakota films that we've been waiting for," festival producer Tom Black said.
And those film makers from South Dakota say they're waiting to show their state to the world through their art.
The film festival itself is growing in popularity. In its first year, producers worked hard to scrounge up films. This year they had to weed 275 submissions down to 68.