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.

Africa[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
Dockanema 2006 Maputo Mozambique Mozambique www.dockanema.org
Instidoc 2014 Maputo Mozambique Mozambique instidoc.wordpress.com
Encounters 1999 Cape Town, Johannesburg South Africa South Africa www.encounters.co.za
Real Life Documentary Festival Accra Ghana Ghana http://www.sudburycinema.com/

|AIFF |1999 |Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |www.addisfilmfestival.org |- |-

Asia[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia arkipel.org
Chinese Documentary Festival 2008 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong www.cdf.asia
ChopShots Documentary Film Festival 2012 Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia www.chopshots.net
Culture Unplugged Film Festival 2007 India India India www.cultureunplugged.com
Development Film Festival 2005 Chennai India India www.dhan.org/dff
Prakriti Film Festival Annual Event since 1997 New Delhi India India www.cec.nic.in
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 filmsouthasia.org
Freedom Film Fest 2003 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia freedomfilmfest.komas.org
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival Guangdong China China http://www.gzdoc.com
Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival 2013 Yangon Myanmar Myanmar www.hrhidff.org
International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala Kerala India India http://www.iffk.in/idsffk
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2003 New Delhi India India www.jeevika.org
Taiwan International Documentary Festival 1998 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan www.tidf.org.tw/zh-hant
ViBGYOR International Film Festival 2006 Thrissur India India 2009.vibgyorfilm.com
World Documentary Awards Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia worldfilmawards.org/worlddocumentaryawards/about_wda.htm
Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival 2002 Yogyakarta Indonesia Indonesia www.festivalfilmdokumenter.org
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1989 Yamagata Japan Japan www.yidff.jp

Europe[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
1001 Documentary Film Festival Istanbul Turkey Turkey http://1001documentary.net
Academia Film Olomouc 1966[2] Olomouc Czech Republic Czech Republic www.afo.cz
Beldocs 2008 Belgrade Serbia Serbia www.beldocs.rs
Biberach Independent Film Festival 2004 Biberach an der Riß Germany Germany www.biff.easyweb.ag
British Documentary Film Festival London United Kingdom United Kingdom
Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival 2015 London United Kingdom United Kingdom www.cheapcutsfest.com
Cinéma du Réel 1978 Paris France France www.cinereel.org
Copenhagen International Documentary Festival - CPH:DOX 2003 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark www.cphdox.dk
CRONOGRAF 2001 Chisinau Moldova Moldova http://cronograf.md
Crossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse Graz AustriaAustria http://crossroads-festival.org/en/
DocFeed Eindhoven Netherlands Netherlands
DocHouse 2002 London United Kingdom United Kingdom www.dochouse.org
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2001 Helsinki Finland Finland www.docpoint.info
Doclisboa 2003 Lisbon Portugal Portugal www.doclisboa.org
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Warsaw Poland Poland http://docsag.pl
Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom United Kingdom http://documentfilmfestival.org
Documenta Madrid Madrid Spain Spain www.documentamadrid.com
Docville 2005 Leuven Belgium Belgium www.docville.be
Docfest the cross border documentary film festival 2015 Maastricht Netherlands Netherlands www.docfest.eu
DOK.fest Munich 1985 München Germany Germany [3]
Dokfilm 1996 Volda Norway Norway www.dokfilm.no
Dok Leipzig 1955 Leipzig Germany Germany www.dokfestival-leipzig.de
Dokufest 2001 Prizren Kosovo Kosovo www.dokufest.com
DocuTIFF Tirana AlbaniaAlbania
Dublin Doc Fest Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland
Faito Doc Festival Monte Faito Italy Italy http://www.faitodocfestival.it
Gdańsk DocFilm Festval Gdańsk Poland Poland gdanskdocfilm.pl
Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival 2006 Meath Republic of Ireland Ireland guthgafa.com
HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival 2010 Warsaw Poland Poland http://www.humandoc.net/
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 1988 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands www.idfa.nl
Input Film Festival Hilversum Netherlands Netherlands https://www.beeldengeluid.nl/input2015[3]
International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana 1995 Perm Russia Russia archive.flahertiana.ru
International Health Film Festival 1994 Liege Belgium Belgium www.imagesante.org
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 1997 Jihlava Czech Republic Czech Republic www.dokument-festival.com
Lemesos International Documentary Festival Nicosia Cyprus Cyprus www.filmfestival.com.cy
London International Documentary Festival 2007 London United Kingdom United Kingdom www.lidf.co.uk
Magnificent Seven European Feature Documentary Film Festival Belgrade Serbia Serbia www.magnificent7festival.org
MiradasDoc - International Documentary Film Festival of Guía de Isora, Tenerife Guía de Isora, Tenerife Spain Spain www.miradasdoc.com
Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer Moscow RussiaRussian Federation
Off Cinema 1997 Poznan Poland Poland www.offcinema.pl
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 1999 Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic www.oneworld.cz
Open City Documentary Festival 2011 London United Kingdom United Kingdom www.opencitylondon.com
OxDox Oxford United Kingdom United Kingdom www.oxdox.com
PerSo - Perugia Social Film Festival Perugia Italy Italy www.persofilmfestival.it
Play-Doc 2005 Tui Spain Spain www.play-doc.com
Punto de Vista. International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra 2005 Pamplona Spain Spain www.puntodevistafestival.com
See: The Brighton Documentary Film Festival 2005 Brighton United Kingdom United Kingdom www.seefestival.org
Sheffield Doc/Fest 1994 Sheffield United Kingdom United Kingdom www.sheffdocfest.com
SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival Rome Italy Italy www.festivalsiciliambiente.it/?lang=en
Tempo Documentary Festival 1998 Stockholm Sweden Sweden tempofestival.se
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 1999 Thessaloniki Greece Greece www.filmfestival.gr
Visions du réel 1969 Nyon Switzerland Switzerland www.visionsdureel.ch
Wales International Documentary Festival Blackwood, Wales United Kingdom United Kingdom www.widf.info/
ZagrebDox 2005 Zagreb Croatia Croatia www.zagrebdox.net
RAI Film Festival: anthropology - ethnography - archaeology 1985 Bristol United Kingdom www.raifilm.org.uk

Middle East[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2005 Doha Qatar Qatar http://www.aljazeera.net
"Cinema Vérité" Iran International Documentary Film Festival Tehran Iran Iran www.defc.ir/en/festival
Docaviv International Film Festival 1998 Tel Aviv Israel Israel www.docaviv.co.il
Docudays - Beirut International Documentary Film Festival 1999 Beirut Lebanon Lebanon www.docudays.com
Dox Box - Ayyam Cinema Al Waqe 2008 Damascus Syria Syria www.dox-box.org

North and South America[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
AFI Docs 2003 Washington, D.C. United States United States www.afi.com/afidocs/
Atlanta DocuFest Atlanta, Georgia United States United States www.docufest.com
Belleville Downtown DocFest Belleville, Ontario Canada Canada downtowndocfest.ca
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Missoula, Montana United States United States www.bigskyfilmfest.org
Camden International Film Festival 2005 Camden, Maine United States United States www.camdenfilmfest.org.org
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Chagrin Falls, Ohio United States United States chagrinfilmfest.org
Chicago International Documentary Festival 2003 Chicago, Illinois United States United States chicagodocfestival.org
Cine Pobre Film Festival La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico Mexico www.cinepobre.com
Culture Unplugged Documentary Film Festival 2007 San Francisco, California United States United States www.cultureunplugged.com
DocFest - San Francisco Documentary Festival 2001 San Francisco, California United States United States sfindie.com/festivals/sf-docfest/
Doc LA - Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival Los Angeles, California United States United States www.docla.org
DocMiami Miami, Florida United States United States docmiami.org
DOC NYC Film Festival 2010 New York City United States United States www.docnyc.net
DOCUTAH - Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival 2009 St. George, Utah United States United States www.docutah.com
DocuWest International Film Festival 2008 Denver, Colorado United States United States docuwestfest.com
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 1998 Vancouver Canada Canada www.doxafestival.ca
Encuentros del Otro Cine EDOC Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Ibarra, Portoviejo Ecuador Ecuador www.festivaledoc.org
EstDocs 2005 Toronto, Ontario Canada Canada http://www.estdocs.com
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 1998 Durham, North Carolina United States United States www.fullframefest.org
History Makers 2001 New York United States United States www.historymakers2011.com
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards Hollywood, California United States United States hiida.com
Hot Docs 1993 Toronto Canada Canada www.hotdocs.ca
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 1992 Hot Springs, Arkansas United States United States hsdfi.org
Imagine International Film Festival Clearwater, Florida United States United States imagineinternationalfilmfestival.com
Impugning Impunity Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2011 New York, New York United States United States www.alba-valb.org/programs/human-rights-film-festival/
International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) 2006 Mexico City Mexico Mexico www.docsdf.org/en/
It's All True International Documentary Film Festival 1996 São Paulo, SP, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil Brazil www.itsalltrue.com.br
Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival Jacksonville, Florida United States United States www.jaxdocfest.org
New Media Film Festival 2009 Los Angeles, California United States United States http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com/
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 1998 Montreal Canada Canada www.ridm.qc.ca
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2008 Sebastopol, California United States United States sebastopolfilmfestival.org
True/False Film Festival 2004 Columbia, Missouri United States United States www.truefalse.org
United Nations Association Film Festival 1998 Stanford, California United States United States www.unaff.org

Oceania[edit]

Name Est. City Country Website
Antenna Documentary Festival 2010 Sydney Australia Australia http://antennafestival.org/
Ânûû-rû Âboro - Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples 2007 Pwêêdi Wiimiâ (Poindimié) New Caledonia New Caledonia http://www.anuuruaboro.com/
Documentary Edge Festival 2005 Auckland and Wellington New Zealand New Zealand http://www.docnz.org.nz
FIFO - Pacific International Documentary Film Festival 2004 French Polynesia Tahiti http://en.fifo-tahiti.com
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2016 Melbourne Australia Australia http://www.mdff.org.au

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nichols, Bill (1998). "Foreword". In Grant, Barry Keith; Sloniowski, Jeannette. Documenting The Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-2639-8. 
  2. ^ "History | AFO | Academia Film Olomouc". www.afo.cz. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  3. ^ "INPUT festival 2015". Beeld en Geluid. Retrieved 2016-01-05.