Since 2016, we screened world-class documentaries featuring : Sylvester Stallone, Alice Cooper, Matthew Broderick, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Demme, Snoop Dog, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christian Audigier, Michael Jackson, Tom Savini & John Carpenter…

Our recent screenings included impactful documentaries:
C(Answer) the Marijuana / Cancer documentary
Capitol Insurrection
Gorilla Girl
Vertical - The Future of Farming

Our competition is now running twice a year.

Screenings have resumed in person, and we are keeping most digital options open for international filmmakers who cannot join us in Los Angeles.
Each edition, we accept documentaries (any length) showing strong people, everyday life and challenges, incredible adventures, travels, journeys, testimonies, fights...
As an international festival we want to celebrate one of the most difficult genre to produce : documentaries.

Documentaries request high level quality writing, an exceptional production coordination, and a smart budget management.

Because of festival is dedicated to documentaries, you will get a specific recognition for the work you put together.

To us, documentaries are not just another category like in many film festivals. We think documentaries deserve more attention, and we want to contribute giving it to them.


We will only select all kind of documentaries. To ignite a debate, start a talk, share your vision and explorations, deepen your analysis on numerous topics... Explore the world,, bring these issues to the table, whether you shot it with a DSLR or a top 4K+ camera.

We accept all themes and langage. If not english speaking we require english subtitles.

Best Feature Documentary
Women Doc Award
Best Short Documentary
Best Very Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Student documentary
Best Score / Original music
Best Documentary Photography (still images)
Best Behind the Scenes
Best Voice Over
Best Marketing

We only screen the winning documentaries of every category, unless more time available.
Complete selection listed on our website.

Your documentary may be any genre, any topic, any length.
English subtitles wills be required for the screening documentaries.
We only screen the winning documentaries of every category.

Entries are not refundable.
If you submit to the wrong category, your submission will be re-located under the right category if the fee corresponds.
Student entries must include a student ID / Status proof as an image downloaded within the FilmFreeway page.

Multiple entries are accepted.
The festival may not screen your documentary if you do not attend the event.

We value documentaries and most of all, the documentary filmmakers. In order to create a discussion between an audience and the movie creators, please confirm your attendance so we can secure your talking time.

Final screening program will be made accordingly with the finals votes of the Judges.

A selection does not guarantee a screening: only winners might screen depending on multiple factors. More movies may be added to the program based on available time and attending filmmakers.

We do not pay screening fees. Film Freeway is a third party platform you chose to use to submit for consideration to festivals.
We might set up screenings for free, or with a box 0ffice, at the discretion of the festival, and there will be no share of gross with participating filmmakers.
By submitting to the festival, you expressly authorize the festival and its affiliates to use every piece of content and information presented in your Film Freeway project page, in connection to the festival, the event, and for promotion of the festival, now and in the future. That includes all videos, pictures, texts (biography, logline and other) hosted on your Film Freeway project page submitted to us.

It is the filmmaker's responsibility to provide the festival with the proper screening file.
Festival has the final say regarding the event program.

Overall Rating
  • Aliya Furniturewala

    Thrilled that our feature documentary From the Shadows made it as a semi finalist at Angeles Documentaries! We were travelling to SXSW for our special screening for Intl Women's Day hosted by South Asian House and Global Media Makers in Austin and missed the screening. But Thank you for the selection

    March 2023
  • Thank you for showing my documentary short Night Outside. All the best!

    March 2023
  • Thank you for selecting God Bless the Movement Part 1: The Kingdom of the Father as a finalist for the best research & investigative category!

    April 2022
  • Ulisses Rocha

    Amazing festival! It was very exciting for me to have my film NATIVES selected as semi-finalist, in the best interview category. I wish all the success for Doc Angeles in the upcoming events. Thanks to all of you.

    March 2022
  • James Lewis

    Thanks so much for selecting our film, A Better Place - it was an honour to be featured and celebrated.

    March 2022