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Submit through our partner DocFilmDepot WE HAVE IMAGINED A FUN, SECURE, AND WELL ADAPTED TOOL TO THE ENVIRONMENT FOR DOCUMENTARY CINEMA. Docfilmdepot is a platform that allows directors, producers and distributors of documentary films to manage their call for entries at several festivals. It allows you to create an account, to register one or more films whatever the genre to which they belong, to download the corresponding files, then to submit them to the festivals of your choice, partn...

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).   The funds will go toward compensation for participating artists and programming committee members, screening fees, and efforts to make the festival more accessible to all attendees.   “Now more than ever, we believe in the immense power of documentary film ...

10th Antenna Documentary Film Festival’s Full Program Revealed

     From February 2 to 13, across 12 days and nights, Antenna celebrates the very best in non-fiction cinema — once again turning Sydney into a doc-lovers paradise. 50 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe fill the program, with several international and Australian premieres showcasing the funny to the sobering, the real to the surreal. From intimate personal stories to political exposés, Antenna promises to ...

FIPADOC 2022 First announcements

Wednesday, 15 December at the CNC in Paris, FIPADOC President Anne Georget and FIPADOC Managing and artistic director Christine Camdessus reveal the major lines for the International Festival of Documentary’s coming edition, which will take place in Biarritz, 17-23 January 2022.   This includes: the announcement of the opening film and the two preview screenings, and the list of films presented out of competition: all films in the ENCORE DES DOCUMENTAIRES category, a programme fea...

The Montreal International Documentary Festival’s 24th edition successfully reconnected with audiences

  The 24th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) drew to a close on November 25. For its first hybrid edition, Quebec’s largest festival dedicated exclusively to documentary film presented 120 documentaries for film-lovers both in Montreal and across Canada. The festival team is proud to announce that these two audiences—physical and virtual—reached 80% of the total audience of 2019’s pre-pandemic edition.   By screening documentar...

Hybrid 25th Ji.hlava is over, 338 films attracted 85,000 viewers

  The 25th edition of the annual Ji.hlava IDFF closed its doors. The festival programme took on a hybrid form: After the physical edition on October 25–30, the online part followed on November 1–14.   The festival presented 338 films and over 100 discussions. There were 5,698 accredited visitors and guests this year, and 85,000 viewers watched the films: more than 30,000 visitors in cinemas and almost 55,000 online viewers. The Inspiration Forum discussions, which are st...

RIDM announces the 2021 People’s Choice Award: DEAR AUDREY by Jeremiah Hayes

      The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ended its run of theatrical screenings yesterday, Sunday, November 21. The 24th edition presented 78 public screenings for many eager filmgoers who had the opportunity to discover the selected films on the big screen at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma du Parc or Cineplex Quartier Latin.   Invited to vote for their favourite film, audiences ch...

IDFA is in full swing! In case you missed this Industry Talk on innovations in online distribution...

IDFA 2021: The in-person festival edition takes place November 17–28 IDFA Industry Talk on innovations in online distribution, a follow-up to an event from 2019, took place at the Brakke Grond on Sunday afternoon, where representatives of three innovative distribution platforms from the UK, the US and the Netherlands talked about their work with cinemas in the times when the pandemic is not yet over. The talk was moderated by Wendy Bernfeld of...

8th BIFED (Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary) started on Wednesday.

     This year will be the 8th year of the festival. On the opening day of the festival, which will continue online until 19th October, a total of 1,108 views were reached. BIFED (Bozcaada International Festival of Ecologic...

The biggest documentaries at SFF 2021

  HOT TOPIC DOCUMENTARIES AT SFF Be the smartest person at the picnic!   Sydney Film Festival’s epic documentary line-up has it all – from jaw-dropping exposés to edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Tales of risk takers, music makers, freedom fighters and more.&nb...

SFFILM's Doc Stories Program is Announced—Nov 4–7 in-person & online

  Four-Day Documentary Series Opens with Stanley Nelson’s ATTICA, and Features a Castro Screening of SUMMER OF SOUL with Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson in Attendance, plus Several West Coast Premieres Including THE FIRST WAVE, BURNING, and DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER   San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced the lineup of programs for the seventh annual Doc Stories film series, taking place November 4–7 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castr...

Official selection of Ji.hlava Opus Bonum international competition announced!

    Fifteen titles have been selected to the Opus Bonum international competition at the 25th Ji.hlava IDFF. Eleven films will be screened in their world premiere, and four will have their international premiere at Ji.hlava. On the occassion of the 25th jubilee edition of Ji.hlava IDFF we have revamped the festival’s competition sections, the jury structure as well as the award categories. The aim is to pay tribute to documentary cinema which has been undergoing enormo...

Play-Doc closes its 17th edition, with a strong unique, exclusive and international character

    The abundance of world, international and Spanish premieres characterized a program that also highlighted the closest talent and that reached almost 12,000 viewers in its face-to-face and online formats.   The festival announces new dates and opens the call to participate in its XVIII edition, which will be held from May 4 to 8, 2022   Photo by Pablo Nunes Tui, October 13, 2021.- The Tui International Film Festival, Play-Doc, lower...

Docs at CUCALORUS Film Festival

Get ready for an extra dose of weird, wild, and wonderful – check out the full lineup of films below! Stay tuned next week for the full festival schedule, but don’t wait to make your travel plans to visit Wilmington in November! DOCUMENTARY FEATURES A Sexplanation by Alexander Liu Any Given Day by Margaret Byrne Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra by Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin Negra by Medhin Tewolde Serrano Quaranteened by rodrigo dorfman RUMBLE: The India...

DOCLISBOA 2021 Complete line-up unveiled

249 Films, 51 World premieres, 46 Portuguese films, 62 Countries represented at DOCLISBOA 2021   The programme of the 19th edition of Doclisboa was unveiled during the press conference that took place today, at Culturgest, with the presence of Joana Gusmão, Joana de Sousa and Miguel Ribeiro (Directors - Doclisboa), Maria João Gonçalves (Member of the Board of Directors - Culturgest), Joana Gomes Cardoso (Chairman of the Board Administration - EGEAC) and Jos&...

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Punto de Vista presents its new Docs Programming Committee

    Selected by artistic director Manuel Asín and chaired by him, it is to be made up of four leading names in the sector. Four experts, two women and two men, together with Manuel Asín, are to make up the new Punto de Vista Festival Programming Committee, embarking on a new stage following the appointment of the new artistic director last June.  Lucía Salas, Miguel Zozaya, Lur Olaizola and Pablo García will be working togeth...

Docu Talents from the East 2021 – selection announced!

  Eight remarkable documentary projects in post-production from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia made it to the 17th edition of Docu Talents from the East 2021. Since 2005, Docu Talents has served as a launchpad for a number of documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The presentations will take place at Cinelink Industry Days at Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14–19. The most promising project will receive 5,00...

A new programming collective for the RIDM’s 24th edition

Left to right: Marlene Edoyan, Nadine Gomez, Hubert Sabino-Brunette The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to present the festival’s new programming collective, comprising directors Marlene Edoyan and Nadine Gomez along with programmer Hubert Sabino-Brunette. The new team will select the documentaries for the 24th edition of the RIDM, which will take place in hybrid format from November 10 to 21, 2021.   “Our goal as the new programming collective i...

Cannes Docs wrapped, Doc Day July 13

  Docs-in-Progress Docs-in-Progress offered an exclusive series of eight showcases of curated docs-in-progress in finalization stage, presented both online on our dedicated platform (6-9 July) and onsite in the Riviera 2 screening room at the Marché du Film (9-12 July).  The event opened with two online showcases: . Tuesday 6 - 14:30-15:15 | Showcase Sheffield Doc Fest Go to Event . Tuesday 6 - 16:15-17:30 | Showcas...

Open City Documentary Festival announces 2021 programme

  Icarus (after Amelia) by Margaret Salmon and Inner Outer Space by Laida Lertxundi open the festival TEN SKIES by James Benning is the closing film, along with the launch of Erika Balsom’s book on TEN SKIES 46 new non-fiction works, with 6 first or second features Four competitions with two juries: Open City Award, Emerging Filmmaker Award, UK Short Film Award, International Short Film Award. All awards to be announced on 12th September Major works fro...

Open City Documentary Hybrid Festival unveils first 2021 programme highlights

Industry and press accreditation opens for the hybrid edition The 11th edition of Open City Documentary Festival, celebrating the art of non-fiction filmmaking, will take place in London from 8 - 14 September. The 2021 edition remains committed to experimentation within the documentary field and will feature the first UK retrospectives of British artist Alia Syed and German filmmaker Renate Sami. The festival will foster emerging writers through a new film criticism workshop with feminist journ...

AFI DOCS 2021 Awards announced

  The festival’s Audience Award for Best Feature went to STORM LAKE, directed by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison. The Audience Award for Best Short went to SHELTER, directed by Smriti Mundhra. The Grand Jury Prize for Short Films went to RED TAXI, directed by Anonymous. The jury also awarded the Special Jury Prize to two films: THE COMMUNION OF MY COUSIN ANDREA, and S P A C E S (M E Z E R Y). This year’s voting jury for the competitive...

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

Faya Dayi receives three festival prizes, including the Grand Jury Award Seven awards for a combined value of $47,500 in cash prizes are announced for the 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame is a qualifying event for nominations for the Academy Award® Documentary Short Subject category and the Producers Guild of America Awards. “We are proud to celebrate the 2021 award-winning films,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame Interim Festival Director and Artistic Dire...

Sheffield DocFest 2021 is now live

  The 28th edition of Sheffield DocFest launches today, in Sheffield, online, and across the country. Check out our full Programme Guide here.     ...


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