Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, presents DOCUTAH 2018 September 3-8.
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival originated at DSU in 2010. It is the brainchild of 30 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film, Phil Tuckett. Dubbed as 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. 2017 encouraged submissions from all over the world, engaging professional and student film makers 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. Come 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, 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 a 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
  • Brad Bennett

    We had a great time at DOCUTAH this past September. Bruce + Karman were very welcoming, and great to work with during the festival. The staff there took good care of filmmakers. Our screening went well and great Q&A followed. The networking was awesome, and exploring that side of the country is just beautiful.

    November 2017
  • Jennifer Townsend

    DOCUTAH prides itself in taking good care of its filmmakers. And it lives up to its reputation. Friendly people everywhere. Lots going on all the time. Well-designed panels. Good screening venues. Great networking opportunities. And, do they ever feed you! Healthy food available at all times. So to filmmakers who are considering DOCUTAH, get on FilmFreeway and do it. You won't regret it.

    September 2017
  • This was my first DocUtah experience and really loved the festival. They had a great area for all us filmmakers to hang out as well as free lunch each day. They made sure we were all included in the panels, and had time for Q&A after our films. One of the most exciting things was how close the festival is to Zion National Park. We were able to combine the festival with a short family vacation to the park. Will definitely be submitting again in the future.

    September 2017
  • Julia Creet

    DOCUTAH was the perfect festival for me. Very personal, great staff, fascinating films and lots of filmmakers in attendance. Take an extra day and explore the national parks close by. Truly awesome landscapes. A great experience all around.

    September 2017
  • Loki Mulholland

    It's my second time at DOCUTAH in the past four years and they just keep getting better and better. They go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and the festival goers are truly engaged. This is quickly becoming a premiere festival.

    September 2017