Documentary Film Festival Calendar 2014

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Arranged by date, this list of the top 25 documentary film festivals held in the USA, Canada and Europe should be helpful for documentary filmmakers who want to make the most of festival exposure of their films.

DocPoint – January/February
DocPoint is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Helsinki, Finland. Scheduled for January 28 to February 2, 2014. The 2014 program has already been finalized.

Big Sky – February
Big Sky is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Missoula, Montana. Scheduled for February 15 to 23, 2014. The submissions deadline for this year’s festival has already passed.

ZagrebDox – February/March
ZagrebDox is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Zagreb, Croatia. Scheduled for February 23 to March 2, 2014. Submissions for the 2014 festival are closed.

True/False Film Festival – February/March
True/False Film Festival is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Columbia, Missouri. Scheduled for February 27 to March 2, 2014. Submissions for the 2014 are closed.

Salem Film Fest – March
Salem Film Fest is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Salem, Massachusetts. Scheduled for March 6 to 13, 2014. For information about submissions, contact the festival. Highlights: An intimate festival with unique programming and focus on filmmaker and audience interaction. Screenings and discussion are the festival’s focus. Read more…

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – March
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Thessaloniki, Greece. Scheduled from March 14 to 23, 2014. The submissions deadline for the 2014 festival has already passed.

Cinema du Reel – March
Cinema du Reel is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Paris. France. Scheduled for March 20 to 30, 2014. Submissions for this year’s festival are formally closed, but you can contact the festival by email about possible exceptions to the deadline.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – April
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Durham, North Carolina. Scheduled for April 3 to 6, 2014.

Hot Docs – April/May
Hot Docs is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Toronto Canada. Scheduled for April 24 to May 4, 2014. The submissions deadline for the 2014 festival was January 3, 2014. Highlights: North America’s largest documentaries-only festival, with year round theatrical screening and outreach program, filmmaker laboratories, pitch forum for funding, documentaries marketplace. Read more…

Visions du reel – April/May
Visions du reel is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Nyon, Switzerland. Scheduled for April 25 to May 3, 2014. The submissions deadline January 10, 2014.

Documenta – April/May
Documenta is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Madrid, Spain. Scheduled for April 30 to May 11, 2014. The submission deadline for the 2014 festival is January 31, 2014.

Docville – May
Docville is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Leuben, Belgium. Scheduled for May 2 to 10, 2014. The submissions deadline for this year’s festival is March 1, 2014.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival – May
DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Vancouver, Canada. Scheduled for May 2 to 11, 2014. Submissions for the 2014 festival closed on January 3, 2014.

DOK.fest Munich – May
DOK.fest Munich is a documentaries-only film festival held annually Scheduled for May 7 to 14, 2014. The deadline for submissions for this year’s festival was December 31, 2013. Sign up for the festival’s newsletter for updates.

Documentary Edge Festival and Forum
Documentary Edge Festival is New Zealand’s only and Australasia’s premiere international documentary film festival. The ninth edition of the festival is scheduled to take place ifrom May 21 through June 2, 2014, in Auckland, with the concurrent Screen Edge Forum to be staged from May 29-30, 2014 in the Auckland University of Technology. After its Auckland run, the festival continues in Wellington from June 5 -15. Submission of films for the 2014 festival are already closed. The submissions dates and information about the 2014 pitch forum have yet to be announced. This year, the festival’s spotlighted guest is filmmaker Steve James with his latest feature, Life Itself, and a special 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams

Sheffield Doc/Fest – June
Sheffield Doc/Fest is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Scheduled for June 7 to 14, 2014. The submissions deadline is January 24, 2014. Highlights: In addition to presenting an excellent theatrical screenings program, Sheffield Doc/Fest distinguishes itself as a true innovator in the realm of transmedia storytelling, offering cutting edge workshops, exhibits, funding and networking opportunities, as well as filmmaker retrospectives, laboratories and workshops, high profile panel discussions, a pitch forum for production funding and a thriving documentaries marketplace for distribution. Read more…

AFI SilverDocs – June
AFI SilverDocs is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Scheduled for June 18 to 22, 2014. The final deadline for submissions is March 7, 2014. Read more…

DokuFest – August
DokuFest is a documentaries and short films festival held annually in Prizren, Albania. Scheduled for August 16 to 24, 2014. The submissions deadline for this year’s festival is March 15, 2014.

DOCUTAH – September
DOCUTAH is a documentaries festival held annually in St George, Utah Scheduled for September 2 to 6, 2014. Submissions are accepted from January 10 to May 10, 2014.

Camden International Film Festival – September
Camden International Film Festival is a documentaries film festival held annually in Camden, Maine. Scheduled for September 26 to 29, 2014. The deadline for early submissions is February 21, and for late submissions, the deadline is April 18, 2014. Highlights: Local outreach program, pitch forum. Read more…

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival – October
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Check the festival’s Website for festival dates and submission deadlines.

DocLisboa – October/November
Doclisboa is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Lisbon, Portugal. The festival is staged in October and November. The 2014 festival dates and submission deadlines have not yet been announced. For further information, check the festival’s Website.

CPH-DOX – November
CPH-DOX is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Copehagen, Denmark. Scheduled for November 6 to 16, 2014. Submissions dates for the 2014 festival have not yet been announced. Check the Website for submissions updates, or sign up for the festival’s newsletter.

IDFA – November
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, aka IDFA, is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The festival runs from late November to early December. The 2014 festival dates and submissions deadlines have not yet been announced. Highlights: world’s largest and most influential documentaries film festival with expansive and top quality programming and filmmaker retrospectives, filmmaker laboratories, workshops and master classes, high profile panel discussions, pitch forum for funding, documentaries marketplace, strong online screening presence with IDFA-tv. Read more….

DOC NYC – November
DOC NYC features documentary films and other forms of documentary storytelling, such as photo essays. The festival is held annually in November in New York City at the IFC Center and other venues. Festival and submission dates for 2014 have not yet been announced. Highlights: NYC showcase for nonfiction with strong connections to other film festivals. Read more…

Dox Leipzig – October/November
Dox Leipzig is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Leipzig, German. The festival is held in late October and early November. 2014 festival dates and submission deadlines have not yet been announced. Check the Website for updates.

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