ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Judges for the upcoming South Dakota Film Festival in Aberdeen have whittled down the 274 submissions to 65 films for the seventh-annual event.

Tom Black, one of the judges, told the Aberdeen American News that he wouldn't play about half of them for his dog. He says now they get so many great films from around the world that the bad stuff is thrown out quickly and good stuff rises to the top.

The eight judges started reviewing this year's submissions in January and completed most of the work by the end of last month.

Most of it's done individually using an online service and film submission tool called Without a Box.

The festival runs Sept. 26-29 at Capitol Theatre.

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