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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...

IDFA’s markets open for submissions

  IDFA’s markets are now open for all project and film submissions. As of today, project teams can submit their entries for IDFA Forum—including the Producers Connection, Forum Pitches, and Rough Cut Presentations—as well as for IDFA DocLab Forum and Docs for Sale. About IDFA's markets Each November, IDFA hosts a dynamic marketplace that caters to filmmakers, producers, and industry professional...

Lunenburg Doc Fest final deadline

  Lunenburg Doc Fest pays screening fees and presents the following awards:     $1000  International Feature Documentary $1000  Canadian Feature Documentary $1000  Audience Award Short Film Award (crystal trophy) Atlantic Filmmaker Award (trophy plus in-kind services) Artist fees are offered to help support the on-site participation of one director from each selected feature documentary at the 9th annual Lunenbur... Format 2022 / Master's Pitch / Call Nordisk Panorama

The industry platform is meeting for the first time this year as a hybridly: on site in Munich and online. In workshops, panels, case studies and pitches we offer exciting insights into current industry topics. The Master's Pitch 2022 is dedicated to the question of what filmmakers really need to get back on their feet after this challenging months. We think it's time it’s also time to truly listen, reflect and pool together! For the German Guest Delegation to the Nor...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Winners

  Congratulations to the winners of four competitions at the 19th annual festival including three special jury awards for artistic vision! Announced in a special ceremony during the festival, winners were selected by a distinguished jury of filmmakers, programmers and documentary industry professionals. Winners in the Best Short and Best Mini-Doc competitions are automatically eligible for Academy Award nomination in the short documentary category.    W...

Doc Alliance Announces 2022 Selection

The association of documentary festivals picks the best documentaries of the year, nominating them for the Doc Alliance Awards Doc Alliance, which brings together seven major European documentary film festivals, has unveiled its shortlisted nominees for the 2022 Doc Alliance Awards. Every year, the programmers and artistic directors of all seven festivals nominate one short film and one feature-length film. A jury of leading European journalists and film professionals then select the win...

25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections

 Full Frame announces the official festival selections for the virtual 25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place April 7–10, 2022.  The NEW DOCS lineup and Invited Program include 37 titles from 18 countries, comprising 22 feature films and 15 short films, with two world premieres, one North American premiere, and three U.S. premieres. Thirty films will screen as part of NEW DOCS and are eligible for juried cash awards. Award winners will be announ...

Submissions to the 9th Lunenburg Doc Fest are open

       2022 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN Submit to the 9th Lunenburg Doc Fest for a chance to showcase your film in our hybrid celebration of documentary September 22-28, 2022!  Screenings will take place online, at select onsite venues, and outdoors as part of our "Docs on the Dock" programming on Lunenburg's beautiful harbour. Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases a diverse program of feature-length and short documentary films and presents cash awards, comm...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Opening Night 2022, Films in Competition, Festival Schedule Announced

  BIG SKY OPENING NIGHT 2022   A DECENT HOME Friday, February 18th  |  Doors 6:30pm Show 7:00pm  |  The Wilma Director Sara Terry in attendance   When housing that's on the lowest run of the American Dream is being devoured by the wealthiest of the wealthy, whose dream are we serving? A DECENT HOME addresses urgent issues of class and economic (im)mobility through the lives of mobile home park residents who can't afford housing anywhere else.&nbs...

FIPADOCS 2022 Awards

FIPADOC President Anne Georget and FIPADOC Managing & Artistic Director Christine Camdessus have curated a 150-film programme for the International Documentary Festival held in Biarritz from 17 to 23 January 2022. With four Grand Prix competition categories (International Documentary, French Documentary, Musical Documentary, and IMPACT), plus numerous selections (Short Films, New Talent, European Stories, Taste of Doc, Focus on… Benelux) and digital experiences, FIPADOC ...

Antenna Documentary Film Festival starts this week

Antenna Documentary Film Festival is nearly here! From 2-13 February, across 12 big days and nights, Antenna celebrates the very best in non-fiction cinema with 50 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe. From intimate personal stories to political exposés, Antenna promises to have your mind reeling long after the credits roll. Below are some hand-picked highlights for Sydney Film Festival subscribers. Check out the full program and book ...

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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