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https://www.docfilmdepot.com/ 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...

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival moves to June

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival : SDFF 2021 June 10 – 13 Shuttered and battered and sheltering in place We’re reading tea leaves, the Times and the trades. The calendar said that April would be much too soon So, we’ve hauled cables, mics & programs forward into June.   Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is moving to June. In light of ever changing COVID-19 conditions, and the impact on our industry, audience and bottom line we’r...

Sheffield Doc/Fest wrap facts for its 27th edition

2020 is almost over, and Sheffield Doc/Fest closed its 27th edition as a success. Together we produced and experienced a six-month programme (usually six days!) of screenings and discussions that offered a window to the world - from the cinema in Sheffield, and online from homes across the world.   As part of the Artistic Programme: 115 titles from 50 countries around the world and representing 49 spoken languages made up our official selection this year, including the Retrospe...

Montreal International Documentary Festival: reivented 23rd edition wrapped

  During this pandemic year, a time of great uncertainty for organizers of cultural events, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) did much more than present its films using an online streaming platform. Running three weeks and divided into 8 thematic sections accompanied by 95 pieces of original content including discussions, interviews, podcasts and round tables, the festival stood out by creating a completely reinvented format designed for present circumstances, comple...

BKK DOC 2020 nominees announced

For its first edition BKK DOC has received almost 400 submissions from everywhere in the World, mainly from Europe, America and Asia making it a truly global documentary event. The Official Selection features 40 documentaries nominated in 15 categories. WATCH THE OFFICIAL SELECTION PRESENTATION VIDEO IN FULL HERE (INCLUDING THE 40 FILMS NOMINATED) These documentaries are competing for an Award at the Bangkok international documentary awards and film festival (BKK DOC) that will t...

History Film Festival calling for Submissions

or the 5th year, the History Film Festival presented by Istra Film, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in Rijeka, Croatia during the annual storytelling festival running September 14-18, 2021. History Film Festival is a unique international festival of historical documentary films which will take place in Rijeka (Croatia) from September 14 to 18, 2021. History Film Festival aims at offering viewers and film experts an insight into contemporary film and TV produc...

Montreal International Documentary Festival announces record passes sales

Record number of passes sold for the 23rd edition, which continues with REDEFINING INTIMACY and SURVIVING VIOLENCE       Midway through its 23rd edition, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce that it has already exceeded its box office target for this virtual edition with the sale of a record number of passes to viewers everywhere in Quebec. The results confirm the enthusiasm of festivalgoers for reality-based cinema and this year&rsqu...

Gianfranco Rosi is the Guest of Honor at IDFA 2020 

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is honoring Italian director Gianfranco Rosi : its Guest of Honor for the 2020 edition:  Rosi is the only filmmaker to win top awards at two A-list festivals with documentary films, the Golden Lion at Venice with Sacro GRA in 2013 and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale with Fire at Sea in 2016. Rosi's work will be in the spotlight at IDFA, including his new film&nbs...

2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces New Dates and Call for Entries

  The annual celebration of nonfiction cinema will take place June 2­–6, 2021. Filmmakers may submit their work from December 1, 2020–January 8, 2021.   The 24th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place June 2–6, 2021, two months later than the previously announced April dates. Organizers cite the pandemic’s impact on industry calendars, audiences, and the documentary filmmaking community for the date change. “Our...

SFFILM Announces Lineup for Sixth Annual Doc Stories Film Series, Streaming Online December 3–6

  Four-Day Online Series Features Seven Documentary Features and Two Shorts Programs, All with Live Q&As, Plus Four Live Talks with Leaders in the Field San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced the lineup of programs for the sixth annual Doc Stories film series, taking place December 3–6 as a fully online showcase. The 2020 program reflects on our tumultuous time through an inspiring and emotionally compelling range of feature-length and short films, all available to ...

Launching on Friday 13th - Sheffield Doc/Fest's Ghosts & Apparitions Film and Arts programme

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From Friday 13th, we will present our fourth (and final!) programme from our 2020 festival: Ghosts & Apparitions.   Ghosts & Apparitions encompasses films and artworks, each part of Doc/Fest’s 2020 Official Selection, and all presented online: Friday 13 November until Thursday 26 November. Films of all lengths, artists’ video, audio and XR performances will all feature across the Ghosts & Apparitions Film programme and Arts programme (formerly Alternate Realities)...

Lineup for IDFA, running 16 November - 6 December, both online and onsite in the Netherlands

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Twelve films by some of the world’s leading filmmakers are selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary. The selection includes giants of documentary film, but also theater and visual art. With strong artistic concepts and bold formalist approaches, each title displays the mark of an auteur, from hybrid films to cinéma vérité. Below the films in competition this year at IDFA ...

Announcing the complete program for the 23rd annual RIDM Montreal Festival

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) 3 stimulating weeks of documentaries and discussions     The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce the program for its 23rd edition. This year, the festival will run for three weeks, from November 12 to December 2. 109 films, including 48 features, and numerous remote discussions and workshops will, more than ever, make November a grand celebration of documentary film.   This year, the...

Virtual PIFF Pasadena International Film Festival 2020 rolls online

A Special Thank You to the season of giving thanks, we here at PIFF have to say "thank you"... Our sponsors, vendors, venues, honorees, volunteers, press, filmmakers, guests... you have all been so supportive as we have come across unprecedented challenges due to Covid 19. The show must go on! as they say, so we are thrilled to present to you "Virtual PIFF 2020". This is new to us, but a silver lining is now anyone, anywhere in the world, can take part in PIFF.  ...

DOCLISBOA’20 programme unveiled / 206 films, 49 countries represented, 31 world premieres

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This year's program features 206 films, 31 world premieres and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival, between October 2020 and March 2021.   The model of this year’s festival starts from the will to engage encounters and to create a ground for the collective experience of cinematographic art, in contribution to social reconstruction and strengthening. It is in this sense that the direction of Doclisboa invites the pub...

Entries for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Programme now Open

First we would like to bring to your attention these festival events The Autumn programme: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/904-autumn-film-programme The upcoming Into the World weekender: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/909-into-the-world-weekender A Tribute to Sarah Maldoror: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/910-tribute-to-sarah-maldoror   We are open for entries for our 2021 programme! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a ...

7th Lunenburg Doc Fest Announces Record Audience and Award Winners

    Lunenburg Doc Fest expanded to a seven-day program online, September 24-30, and saw a 50% increase in pass holders. The festival presented feature and short documentaries from around the world, plus virtual filmmaker Q&As, and a growing industry market. Softie, the story of Boniface Mwangi’s fight for political change in a Kenyan election, won a hard-fought victory for the $1000 Best Feature Documentary Award. After an award win at Sundance Film Festiva...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Big Sky Announces 2021 Festival Plans REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30   Today marks the regular submission deadline for the 18th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! BSDFF is an Academy Award qualifying event for short documentaries, selected four years running for MovieMaker's list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, and top reviewed by filmmakers on FilmFreeway. In addition to screenings and specia...

Doclisboa unveils its programme dedicated to work and labour

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Under the title BODY OF WORK, this new programme includes films from filmmakers such as Harun Farocki, Carole Roussopoulos, Elisa Cepedal and Jonas Heldt. It is a cinematic proposition that promises to pose important questions and stimulate debate on work and labour - a central thematic in our lives.   BODY OF WORK is a programme that arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to offer a platform for dialogue, ...

The time of China Screen in Paris has come

On the weekend of October 2, 3 and 4, we will be showing you in this 10th edition 8 new compelling documentaries around contemporary China, as before, at the Cinéma l'Entrepôt in the XIVth arrondissement of Paris. The attached small booklet gives you the details of the films. We will also be in other cities across France and Europe (Angers, Lille, Munich….)   On the geopolitical level, a lot has happened since the last edition of the festival. China see...

Bangkok International Documentary Awards calling

Bangkok International Documentary Awards (BKK DOC) is the documentary international awards and film festival based in Bangkok, Thailand. BKK DOC was founded by Stephane Lambert, filmmaker, a long time resident of Bangkok. Stephane established BKK DOC to promote documentaries and its talents in and around South East Asia, starting with Thailand. BKK DOC aims at bringing documentaries from all over the world to Thailand, and South East Asian documentaries to the attention of professionals from...

Docaviv live with a great lineup for online 2020 edition

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Music doc “Rockfour: The Time Machine” by Gad Aisen to open the festival. Maite Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent”, Teboho Edkins’ “Days of Cannibalism”, “Collective” by Alexander Nanau and Sundance winners “Acasa, My Home” (Radu Ciorniciuc) and “The Painter and the Thief” (Benjamin Ree) among this year’s International Competition titles.   Docaviv, Tel Aviv’s annual international and Oscar-qualifying ...

SFFILM Announces Date and Format for 2020 Doc Stories Film Series

Fully Online Documentary Showcase Will Run December 3–6 SFFILM has announced that Doc Stories, the organization’s annual documentary film series, will take place December 3­–6 as a fully online showcase. Now in its sixth year, Doc Stories brings the year’s most anticipated and celebrated long- and short-form documentaries and the filmmakers behind them to the Bay Area. The lineup, which will be announced in early November, will feature brand-new films yet to be rel...

Carrie Lozano Joins Sundance Institute as Director, Documentary Film Program

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Journalist to Lead Support of Nonfiction Field   Sundance Institute today announced that Carrie Lozano will helm its Documentary Film Program, succeeding interim Director Kristin Feeley and prior Director Tabitha Jackson.   As Documentary Film Program Director, Lozano will elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. She will also work to advance and ele...

Beyond Borders Festival highlights

“Beyond Borders”, a Celebration of Cinema and Culture on the edge of the Aegean Sea A celebration of cinema and culture will be set up for the 5th consecutive year on the edge of the Aegean Sea, on the idyllic island of Castellorizo, Greece. The 5th "Beyond Borders" International Documentary Festival to be held from August 23rd to August 30th is going to make once again Castellorizo the point where documentaries meet History and Culture. Th...

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