The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) is one of the largest Docs only festivals in the United States, located near the media capital of Hollywood in beautiful Palm Springs. This unique event focuses on international films in both the short and feature categories as well as showcasing animation. Recipients of the festival’s qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. In conjunction with the festival is the American Documentary Film Fund where U.S. filmmakers compete for start-up or finishing funds in order to complete their film masterpieces. AmDocs, seeing the bigger picture.

For the Film Fund, competing filmmakers can win up to $50,000.

The festival is open to all categories within the documentary film genre. The film should not be more than 3 years old, though in certain circumstances, a retrospective may be screened and/or a "hidden gem" never seen before by public.

Festival shall screen films digitally and, therefore, you must submit film as a media file in order to be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file for screening purposes if you do not already have a DCP file for exhibition. Filmmaker is RESPONSIBLE for the Digital Cinema Projection file. Festival shall do all it can to negotiate discounted rates for filmmaker if they do not have their own DCP file. Filmmaker shall also be required to provide a rendered disc of their film as a blu-ray back-up.

If you are sending a "work-in-progress" please note how long you are from completion and approximately when you are sending completed version. (Please note on completed copy your original reference number provided by FilmFreeway.)

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend festival if their film is invited. They shall receive an "all festival" pass, including films and events. Moreover, housing shall be provided either in resident homes or hotel discounts near theaters.

Any payment by check must be made out to:

Palm Springs Cultural Center

Please make certain that when submitting you note your tracking number on all relevant materials, i.e., shipping envelope and disc(s). Also, each disc must have the contact information of the submitter. The festival is not responsible for returning submitted materials. We do not dispose of submitted material, it will remain in our festival archives unless instructed otherwise.

Film submissions must not have played at any other festivals within a 70 mile radius of Palm Springs, California.

FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS:
Filmmakers should provide for their works-in-progress for aid in completion funding or works to be begun :
1. Outline of the story/film; 2. An exact Three (3) minute excerpt or promo of said film, even if not started, we require this trailer-teaser; 3. A budget of said film, what has been paid, what is required for the completion funds, i.e., $2,500 for coloring; 4. (for FilmFreeway submission, we only need the three (3) minute trailer teaser via upload- if invited to finals, Budget and Outline as well as disc(s) will have to be sent to AmDocs via hard-copy);
5. If invited, filmmakers must attend the Film Fund's pitch competition in person and take part in said pitch to jury as well as potentially, the live audience in attendance at film festival.

American Documentary Film Fund is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

American Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS: American Documentary Film Fund is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • Jamie Wheeler

    We loved screening at Amdoc, it was the premiere of our film and loved to see people come out for it. The festival was organized and had filmmaker social events, which was nice. Overall it was a great experience. Would love to screen here again!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    And it was great having you and your special film with us, Jamie! Can't wait to see your next work! Your AmDocs Team

  • Taylor Stanton

    AmDocs was a great experience! We had a lot o fun screening our short animation here ("The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley"). The community really turns out to support the screenings and Palm Springs makes for a beautiful and fun festival getaway. Strongly recommended to my fellow filmmakers!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Taylor, you are a talent and your film deserved to be at AmDocs as well as other fine festivals around the world. We hope to see more of your works in the future. Your friends and family at AmDocs.

  • Bård Kjøge Rønning

    AmDocs is just a tremendous festival, with great films, panels and networking opportunities. The festival management and staff are fantastic.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Baard, being a great filmmaker as you are makes our job inspiring and therefore easier to do under challenging circumstances. Keep making great films! Your AmDocs Team

  • I had a great time at the festival. The programming and organization were top notch, and the festival team took great care of the filmmakers. By far the best festival experience I've had.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Ben, it was such a pleasure having you and your film at #amdocs2018. You deserve to have your work seen by the world. Your AmDocs Team

  • Even Evensen

    If you considering a festival this is it. Wonderful place and people. Your work is very much respected and audience and locals love film.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Even came from Norway not knowing what to expect but had high expectations and we were proud to have shared his amazing work as well as host he and his lovely wife during our event. We hope to see your future work, Even, have an incredible festival run! Your AmDocs Team