Documentary film festivals


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.

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List of documentary film festivals

Africa

Name Est. City Country Website
Dockanema
2006
Maputo
Mozambique Mozambique www.dockanema.org
ENCOUNTERS
1999
Johannesburg,
Cape Town
South Africa South Africa www.encounters.co.za

Asia

Name Est. City Country Website
Freedom Film Fest
2003
Malaysia
Malaysia Malaysia freedomfilmfest.komas.org
Wildlife Asia Film Festival
Singapore
Singapore Singapore www.wildlifeasia.org
Yamagata International
Documentary Film Festival
1989
Yamagata
Japan Japan www.yidff.jp
DOX BOX - Ayyam Cinema Al Waqe
2008
Damascus
Syria Syria www.dox-box.org
Development Film Festival
2005
Chennai
India India www.dhan.org/dff
Guangzhou
China China www.gzdoc.com
Tehran
Iran Iran www.irandocfest.ir
New Delhi
India India www.psbt.org
Delhi
India India www.jeevika.org
Taichung
Republic of China Taiwan tidf.tmoa.gov.tw
DocAviv Documentary Film Festival
1998
Tel Aviv
Israel Israel docaviv.co.il
ViBGYOR International Film Festival
2006
Thrissur
India India 2009.vibgyorfilm.com
Beirut
Lebanon Lebanon www.docudays.com
Thiruvavnanthapuram
India India www.ffsi.in

Europe

Name Year
Est.
City Country Website
A Film for Peace Festival
2006
Medea
Italy Italy www.unfilmperlapace.it
Biberach Independent Film Festival
2004
Biberach an der Riß
Germany Germany www.biff.easyweb.ag
Cinéma du Réel
1978
Paris
France France www.cinereel.org
International 1001 Documentary Festival
1998
Istanbul
Turkey Turkey www.1001belgesel.net
Copenhagen International
Documentary Festival - CPH:DOX
2003
Copenhagen
Denmark Denmark www.cphdox.dk
Bratislava
Slovakia Slovakia www.ekotopfilm.sk
Festival dei Popoli
1959
Florence
Italy Italy www.festivaldeipopoli.org
International Health Film Festival
1994
Liege
Belgium Belgium www.imagesante.org
Alanya Documentary Film Festival
2002
Alanya
Turkey Turkey www.sinematekalanya.org.tr
Helsinki
Finland Finland www.docpoint.info
IDFA - International Documentary
Film Festival Amsterdam
1988
Amsterdam
Netherlands Netherlands www.idfa.nl
IDFF Jihlava
1997
Jihlava
Czech Republic Czech Republic www.dokument-festival.cz
DOK.FEST IDF Munich
1997
Munich
Germany Germany www.dokfest-muenchen.de
DOK Leipzig
1955
Leipzig
Germany Germany www.dokfestival-leipzig.de
International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival
2000
Karabük
Turkey Turkey www.altinsafranbolu.com
doclisboa IDFF Lisbon
2004
Lisbon
Portugal Portugal www.doclisboa.org
Pärnu International Documentary
and Anthropology Film Festival
1992
Pärnu
Estonia Estonia www.chaplin.ee/filmfestival
Punto de Vista International
Documentary Film Festival of Navarra
Pamplona
Spain Spain www.puntodevistafestival.com
Planet Doc Review
2004
Warsaw
Poland Poland www.docreview.pl/2010
Sheffield Doc/Fest
1994
Sheffield
United Kingdom United Kingdom www.sidf.co.uk
Strasbourg International Film Festival
2008
Strasbourg
France France www.strasbourgfilmfest.com
Tekfestival. Ai confini del mondo... dentro l'Occidente
2001
Rome
Italy Italy www.tekfestival.it
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
1999
Thessaloniki
Greece Greece www.filmfestival.gr
Hellenic Documentary Festival of Chalkida
2007
Chalkida
Greece Greece www.docfest.gr
Visions du réel
1969
Nyon
Switzerland Switzerland www.visionsdureel.ch
ZagrebDox
2005
Zagreb
Croatia Croatia www.zagrebdox.net
Den Norske Dokumentarfilmfestivalen
2001
Volda
Norway Norway www.dokfilm.no
Festival dokumentarnega filma
1999
Ljubljana
Slovenia Slovenia www.fdf.si

North and South America

Name Est. City Country Notes Website
Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest Atlanta) 2006 Atlanta, Georgia United States August 20–22, 2010, DocuFest Atlanta is held during Independent Film Month, a month-long celebration of independent film, August 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.docufest.com
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Missoula, Montana United States http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org
Charleston International Film Festival 2007 Charleston, South Carolina United States April 8–11, 2010 at the American Theater 446 King St. http://www.CharlestonIFF.com
Chicago International Documentary Festival 2003 Chicago, Illinois United States http://www.chicagodocfestival.org
Cine Pobre Film Festival La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico http://www.cinepobre.com
DocMiami International Film Festival Doral, Florida United States http://docmiami.org
Ambulante Gira de Documentales 2006 Different cities around Mexico Mexico This is an annual traveling documentary film festival, which visits between twelve and sixteen cities around Mexico, with a program of up to fifty documentaries http://www.ambulante.com.mx/
Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Ciudad de Mexico (DOCSDF) Mexico City Mexico http://www.docsdf.com/
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 1998 Durham, North Carolina United States http://www.fullframefest.org/
History Makers 2001 New York United States Held annually in January; An international event that examines the future trends in History and Investigation programming. http://www.historymakers2011.com/
Hot Docs 1993 Toronto Canada Held annually in April; North America's largest documentary film festival. http://www.hotdocs.ca/
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Hot Springs, Arkansas United States Held annually for 10 days in October http://hsdfi.org
Imagine International Film Festival Clearwater, Florida United States http://www.imagineinternationalfilmfestival.com International
It's All True (film festival) (International Documentary Film Festival Brazil) 1996 São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro Brazil http://www.itsalltrue.com.br/
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal Montreal Canada http://www.ridm.qc.ca/
SilverDocs Silver Spring, Maryland United States http://www.silverdocs.com
Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival (DOCUTAH) 2009 St. George, UT United States http://www.docutah.com
Stories from the Field: The Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival New York City United States http://www.storiesfromthefield.org/
True/False Film Festival Columbia, Missouri United States http://www.truefalse.org/
United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) Stanford, California United States http://www.unaff.org/
Doc Meeting Argentina Buenos Aires Argentina http://www.docmeeting.com.ar/
Encuentros del Otro Cine EDOC Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Manta, Ibarra, Portoviejo Ecuador http://www.festivaledoc.org
Primer Festival de Cine de Cuenca FCC Cuenca Ecuador http://www.festivalcinecuenca.com/
DOXA 1998 Vancouver Canada http://www.doxafestival.ca

Oceania

Name Est. City Country Website
Documentary Edge Festival - International Documentary Film Festival New Zealand (former DOCNZ)
2004
Auckland, Wellington,
New Zealand New Zealand http://www.documentaryedge.org.nz [1]
Papeete
French Polynesia French Polynesia http://en.fifo-tahiti.com/
queerDOC, Sydney International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
1997
Sydney
Australia Australia http://www.queerscreen.com.au/

References

  1. ^ Nichols, Bill. 'Foreword', in Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (eds.) Documenting The Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997

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