Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, presents DOCUTAH 2019 September 3-7.

It’s the DOCUTAH DECADE this year! Ten 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, it 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 2018 DOCUTAH received submissions from all over the world, engaging professional and student filmmakers from 14 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 2019 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, Artistic Inspiration Award, Dean's Award, President's Award, Mayor's Award, Environment Award, Filmmaker's Passion, Director'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
  • The casual, low-pressure brother and sisterhood you were always hoping to find at a film festival. Organized, grounded, ego-less, awesome staff of faculty, volunteers, etc. Phenomenal crowds at each showing, ranging from students to retired. Loved it!

    September 2018
  • Carlos Plummer

    FANTASTIC festival! Great networking, great venue, awesome volunteers and amazing people all around!

    September 2018
  • elizabeth rynecki

    From the phone call letting me know our film was accepted, to the hotel arrangements, email communication regarding deliverables, and the festival itself, everything was fabulous! Phil Tuckett and his entire team put together a really lovely festival. I also very much enjoyed meeting other filmmakers with whom I "talked shop," shared meals, and went for a hike with in Snow Canyon. Thanks for having CHASING PORTRAITS in your line up!

    September 2018

    We had an amazing time at Docutah!! The team was very welcoming and the venue was very nice. Hope to be back in the future with a new documentary.

    September 2018
  • Dennis Zaidi

    It is almost hard to review DOCUTAH without the review sounding fake, but it is simply just that good a festival.

    Held in the beautiful city of St George, the community really rallies behind this festival. Also, the screening venues are all top caliber, including their OWN THEATER?!

    The judges are industry heavyweights and actually watch the films.

    In terms of communication, they are personal and available and while in the city they spoil the filmmakers with events and hospitality. You feel like a celebrity!

    This film festival is a 10/10, five star, two thumbs up experience that, should your film be selected, you will have the time of your life.

    September 2018