List of documentary film festivals

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Film festivals

Documentary film festivals are film festivals devoted solely to documentary film, which is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality.

Although "documentary film" originally referred to movies shot on film stock, it has subsequently expanded to include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video or made for a television series. Documentary, as it applies here, works to identify a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.[1]

In many cities around the world, documentary film festivals are held annually to showcase documentaries made that year. Many of them are theme or genre specific.


Name Est. City Country Website
Dockanema 2006 Maputo Mozambique Mozambique
Instidoc 2014 Maputo Mozambique Mozambique
Encounters 1999 Cape Town, Johannesburg South Africa South Africa
Real Life Documentary Festival Accra Ghana Ghana

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Name Est. City Country Website
ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia
Chinese Documentary Festival 2008 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong
ChopShots Documentary Film Festival 2012 Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia
Culture Unplugged Film Festival 2007 India India India
Development Film Festival 2005 Chennai India India
Prakriti Film Festival Annual Event since 1997 New Delhi India India
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2009 Gyeonggi-do South Korea South Korea [1]
EBS International Documentary Festival 2004 Seoul South Korea South Korea [2]
Film Southasia 1997 Nepal Nepal Nepal
Freedom Film Fest 2003 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival Guangdong China China
Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013 Yangon Myanmar Myanmar
International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala Kerala India India
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2003 New Delhi India India
Taiwan International Documentary Festival 1998 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan
ViBGYOR International Film Festival 2006 Thrissur India India
World Documentary Awards Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia
Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival 2002 Yogyakarta Indonesia Indonesia
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1989 Yamagata Japan Japan


Name Est. City Country Website
1001 Documentary Film Festival Istanbul Turkey Turkey
Academia Film Olomouc 1966[2] Olomouc Czech Republic Czech Republic
Beldocs 2008 Belgrade Serbia Serbia
Biberach Independent Film Festival 2004 Biberach an der Riß Germany Germany
British Documentary Film Festival London United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival 2015 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cinéma du Réel 1978 Paris France France
Copenhagen International Documentary Festival - CPH:DOX 2003 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark
CRONOGRAF 2001 Chisinau Moldova Moldova
Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse Graz AustriaAustria
DocFeed Eindhoven Netherlands Netherlands
DocHouse 2002 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2001 Helsinki Finland Finland
Doclisboa 2003 Lisbon Portugal Portugal
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Warsaw Poland Poland
Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom United Kingdom
Documenta Madrid Madrid Spain Spain
Docville 2005 Leuven Belgium Belgium
Docfest the cross border documentary film festival 2015 Maastricht Netherlands Netherlands
DOK.fest Munich 1985 München Germany Germany [3]
Dokfilm 1996 Volda Norway Norway
Dok Leipzig 1955 Leipzig Germany Germany
Dokufest 2001 Prizren Kosovo Kosovo
DocuTIFF Tirana AlbaniaAlbania
Dublin Doc Fest Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland
Faito Doc Festival Monte Faito Italy Italy
Gdańsk DocFilm Festval Gdańsk Poland Poland
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival 2006 Meath Republic of Ireland Ireland
HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival 2010 Warsaw Poland Poland
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 1988 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands
Input Film Festival Hilversum Netherlands Netherlands[3]
International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana 1995 Perm Russia Russia
International Health Film Festival 1994 Liege Belgium Belgium
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 1997 Jihlava Czech Republic Czech Republic
Lemesos International Documentary Festival Nicosia Cyprus Cyprus
London International Documentary Festival 2007 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
Magnificent Seven European Feature Documentary Film Festival Belgrade Serbia Serbia
MiradasDoc - International Documentary Film Festival of Guía de Isora, Tenerife Guía de Isora, Tenerife Spain Spain
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer Moscow RussiaRussian Federation
Off Cinema 1997 Poznan Poland Poland
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 1999 Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic
Open City Documentary Festival 2011 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
OxDox Oxford United Kingdom United Kingdom
PerSo - Perugia Social Film Festival Perugia Italy Italy
Play-Doc 2005 Tui Spain Spain
Punto de Vista. International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra 2005 Pamplona Spain Spain
See: The Brighton Documentary Film Festival 2005 Brighton United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sheffield Doc/Fest 1994 Sheffield United Kingdom United Kingdom
SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival Rome Italy Italy
Tempo Documentary Festival 1998 Stockholm Sweden Sweden
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 1999 Thessaloniki Greece Greece
Visions du réel 1969 Nyon Switzerland Switzerland
Wales International Documentary Festival Blackwood, Wales United Kingdom United Kingdom
ZagrebDox 2005 Zagreb Croatia Croatia
RAI Film Festival: anthropology - ethnography - archaeology 1985 Bristol United Kingdom

Middle East[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2005 Doha Qatar Qatar
"Cinema Vérité" Iran International Documentary Film Festival Tehran Iran Iran
Docaviv International Film Festival 1998 Tel Aviv Israel Israel
Docudays - Beirut International Documentary Film Festival 1999 Beirut Lebanon Lebanon
Dox Box - Ayyam Cinema Al Waqe 2008 Damascus Syria Syria

North and South America[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
AFI Docs 2003 Washington, D.C. United States United States
Atlanta DocuFest Atlanta, Georgia United States United States
Belleville Downtown DocFest Belleville, Ontario Canada Canada
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Missoula, Montana United States United States
Camden International Film Festival 2005 Camden, Maine United States United States
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Chagrin Falls, Ohio United States United States
Chicago International Documentary Festival 2003 Chicago, Illinois United States United States
Cine Pobre Film Festival La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico Mexico
Culture Unplugged Documentary Film Festival 2007 San Francisco, California United States United States
DocFest - San Francisco Documentary Festival 2001 San Francisco, California United States United States
Doc LA - Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival Los Angeles, California United States United States
DocMiami Miami, Florida United States United States
DOC NYC Film Festival 2010 New York City United States United States
DOCUTAH - Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival 2009 St. George, Utah United States United States
DocuWest International Film Festival 2008 Denver, Colorado United States United States
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 1998 Vancouver Canada Canada
Encuentros del Otro Cine EDOC Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Ibarra, Portoviejo Ecuador Ecuador
EstDocs 2005 Toronto, Ontario Canada Canada
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 1998 Durham, North Carolina United States United States
History Makers 2001 New York United States United States
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards Hollywood, California United States United States
Hot Docs 1993 Toronto Canada Canada
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 1992 Hot Springs, Arkansas United States United States
Imagine International Film Festival Clearwater, Florida United States United States
Impugning Impunity Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2011 New York, New York United States United States
International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) 2006 Mexico City Mexico Mexico
It's All True International Documentary Film Festival 1996 São Paulo, SP, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil Brazil
Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival Jacksonville, Florida United States United States
New Media Film Festival 2009 Los Angeles, California United States United States
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 1998 Montreal Canada Canada
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2008 Sebastopol, California United States United States
True/False Film Festival 2004 Columbia, Missouri United States United States
United Nations Association Film Festival 1998 Stanford, California United States United States


Name Est. City Country Website
Antenna Documentary Festival 2010 Sydney Australia Australia
Ânûû-rû Âboro - Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples 2007 Pwêêdi Wiimiâ (Poindimié) New Caledonia New Caledonia
Documentary Edge Festival 2005 Auckland and Wellington New Zealand New Zealand
FIFO - Pacific International Documentary Film Festival 2004 French Polynesia Tahiti
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2016 Melbourne Australia Australia


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