- Documentary 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.
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.
List of documentary film festivals
Name Est. City Country Website Dockanema 2006 Maputo Mozambique www.dockanema.org ENCOUNTERS 1999 Johannesburg,
South Africa www.encounters.co.za
Name Est. City Country Website Freedom Film Fest 2003 Malaysia Malaysia freedomfilmfest.komas.org Wildlife Asia Film Festival Singapore Singapore www.wildlifeasia.org Yamagata International
Documentary Film Festival
1989 Yamagata Japan www.yidff.jp DOX BOX - Ayyam Cinema Al Waqe 2008 Damascus Syria www.dox-box.org Development Film Festival 2005 Chennai India www.dhan.org/dff Guangzhou China www.gzdoc.com Tehran Iran www.irandocfest.ir New Delhi India www.psbt.org Delhi India www.jeevika.org Taichung Taiwan tidf.tmoa.gov.tw DocAviv Documentary Film Festival 1998 Tel Aviv Israel docaviv.co.il ViBGYOR International Film Festival 2006 Thrissur India 2009.vibgyorfilm.com Beirut Lebanon www.docudays.com Thiruvavnanthapuram India www.ffsi.in
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
Name Est. City Country Website Documentary Edge Festival - International Documentary Film Festival New Zealand (former DOCNZ) 2004 Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand http://www.documentaryedge.org.nz  Papeete French Polynesia http://en.fifo-tahiti.com/ queerDOC, Sydney International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 1997 Sydney Australia http://www.queerscreen.com.au/
- ^ 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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