Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, presents DOCUTAH 2021, November 1-6, 2021.

In 2020, DOCUTAH moved to a new screening venue, sure to enhance both filmmaker and audience experience - The Megaplex Pineview Theaters in St. George - which affords the highest level of projection and sound.

Eleven years of bringing the best documentaries from around the world to the Red Canyons of Southern Utah. BE PART OF IT! The brainchild of 30-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film, Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH was dubbed one of the “25 coolest film festivals in the world” by Moviemaker Magazine. DOCUTAH films are screened at indoor and outdoor venues among the amazing scenery of Southern Utah. In 2020 DOCUTAH received submissions from all over the world, engaging professional and student filmmakers from 30 different countries. DOCUTAH's DOCtalk series offers insight into the doc making experience. Students, amateur documentarians, patrons and fans can learn more about the filmmaking process from the filmmakers themselves. Submit your film for 2021 and celebrate the art of documentary film at DOCUTAH.

Awards are offered in the following categories:
Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Foreign Film, Emerging Artist Award, Humanitarian Award, Humor Award, Music Award, Artistic Merit, Dean's Award, Digital Film Award, President's Award, Mayor's Award, Audience Favorite Feature and Audience Favorite Short.

Rules and Regulations
1. The festival is open to all motion picture makers throughout the world.
2. The language of the festival is English and dialogue or narration must be in English, dubbed in English or with English sub-titles provided by the producer.
3. Entries must have been completed within the past two years.
4. Entrants will be advised of the projection format if their entry is accepted into the festival.
5. Entries may be entered into one of four documentary categories: Professional Feature, Professional Short, Student or Foreign.
6. If a documentary is part of a series then only one episode should be entered in the appropriate class.
7. The producer must secure all copyright clearances where applicable and hold DOCUTAH harmless against any infringement by the producer.
8. Only one submission per entry.
9. Filmmakers are required to include with their submission: a short synopsis of the film, details of the producer and crew, photographs and a trailer. Photographs should be submitted as jpeg files and text as word files.
10. The judge’s decisions are final and binding on the entrants and the organizers.

Entry Requirements

1. Payment of entry fees may be in US dollars payable to DOCUTAH by credit card.
2. Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by e-mail.
3. Whilst great care will be given to all entries neither the Festival nor its sponsors or organizers can be responsible for damage or loss.
4. DOCUTAH is granted permission to make copies of short clips for promotional purposes.
5. A list of the winning entries will be published on the DOCUTAH website and in appropriate journals.
6. Entries and screening copies will be returned only if filmmaker includes request and paid return shipping labels. Copyright permission forms relating to films being housed in the university library are contained in the Filmmaker Acceptance Packet. Films will be housed in the DSU library should the filmmaker choose to grant permission.
7. Foreign entries should be submitted digitally with screening copies sent by Air Parcel Post or Air Small Package. Please check your local postal regulations for shipping and let us know if any special regulations apply.
8. Please allow at least one week for US entries, three weeks for Canadian entries and one month for air mail International entries. When entries are received after the closing date we will notify the entrant and hold them for next year's Festival.
9. Filmmakers must provide a film synopsis of 35 words or less, promotional stills, a film trailer, director’s bio, and list of previous screenings and awards (be brief.)
10. It is suggested that your submission includes press materials, film and filmmaker stills. (Any digital images should be tiff, gif or jpeg format. 300 dpi. No image larger than 1 MB.)

Overall Rating
  • Carbonated Comet

    Communication couldn’t have been better. The organizers have gone above and beyond in making a difficult situation during a pandemic a rewarding experience.

    December 2020
  • Katie Green

    Working together with Della and Karman was an absolute pleasure. They were super professional but also charming, flexible and accessible. We were honored to have two of our student documentaries accepted for 2020 and we will definitely be applying again for 2021.

    November 2020
  • Ernesto quintero

    From the acceptance email from Karman Wilson to the introduction, Q&A's, the wonderful people & of course our "best Film Award, our experience was epic! Lovely people and memorable experience!

    September 2019
  • Michael Sellers

    Screening our film Return To Hardwick at the DOCUTAH film festival was an honor. Not only was the backdrop of St. George gorgeous but the festival itself was relaxing and easy going. Also having Dixie University and the students involved was a complete bonus - we felt taken care of the entire time.

    September 2019
  • Lorenzo Squarcia

    Very well organized festival! Good screening quality, film program and filmmakers networking. Warm welcoming! The staff is super and always helpful. Great lodging organization! Hope to be there again in the future!

    September 2019