From February 13-16, 2020, the international documentary industry will once again gather in Eindhoven for the 7th edition of DOCfeed. With a program of the finest selection of films, and a friendly audience, with workshops for and by documentary professionals.

DOCfeed is one of the acclaimed celebrations of the documentary genre in the world. We hope to see you all here! We offer the option to submit and review your documentary online.

The festival takes place in Natlab cinema, an unique location what used to be Philips' physics laboratory (as Eindhoven is the hometown of Philips). In previous years we've held the festival screenings in other historic Philips buildings in pop-up cinemas. But now we're thrilled to have it in the cinema, another Philips legacy.

The entry for documentaries will be open from June. We accept only Documentaries. We hope to sustain and promote filmmakers, especially independent filmmakers around the world, to continue their creativity and produce their artworks; to inspire all filmmakers to never stop chasing their dreams in creating excellent movies, and to participate in the film industry.

Newcomers are welcomed. The films will be pre-selected before presented to a judge panel.

If you have any question please feel free to mail us anytime.

Every film (all lengths) when selected, is awarded by adding you to our website, include your film in our program book, screening your film during our festival, and we offer you a hotel room during the festival.

We are a DOCUMENTARY MAKER festival - produced by filmmakers, programmed by filmmakers. Submit NOW and become a part of the DOCfeed International festival!

We hope to have all the information about us on FilmFreeway. However, if you have any question, please feel free to contact us anytime by e-mail. If your film like us on Facebook, we can promote your film once accepted.

AWARDS: every film (all lengths) when selected, is awarded by adding you to our website, include your film in our program book, screening your film during our festival, and we offer you a hotel room during the festival.

- We accept only documentaries, minimum duration 5 minutes and no maximum duration
- The film production should be from 2015 or more recent
- Films and documentaries with various spoken language (i.e. not Dutch/Nederlands) are welcomed, but must be added with English subtitles
- All films must be submitted by FilmFreeway
- If chosen for festival screening, a digital export of the film must be send by a digital platform (like Dropbox), maximum file size 15 Gb
- The selection committees' and juries’ decisions are final
- The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling
- The Festival does not pay screening fees
- All submission fees are non-refundable
- Films that are submitted to the festival can also be used for DOCfeed on Tour, that means in the year of the festival it can be shown on a location that is appropriate for the film, we will not exploit the film commercially. We will not use the film more than once!

LENGTH: Submissions may be all types of documentary (nature, music, animated, and more)
- SHORT DOCUMENTARIES are 30-mins. or less, including credits
- FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES are longer than 30-mins. (including credits)

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the globe, we're interested in your cinematic story. The Netherlands is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, Eindhoven – one of the High Tech regions in the world – is rich with an incredible variety of peoples.

SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! Submitting early not only allows more time for consideration, but also guarantees you won’t miss the final deadline. No late submissions will be considered at all. Seriously!

PREMIERE/BROADCAST STATUS: To continue raising the prestige of DOCfeed - with audiences and filmmakers – our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, Dutch premiere status. A cast & crew screening or screenings in other countries does not disqualify a film. Films that have been broadcasted and are online screenable without password protection will not be selected.

DOCFEED SCOPES: The films we selected the first 4 years were mainly in the corner of human interest, culture and music. Since the 2018 edition, we have broadened the scope. ALL documentaries are welcomed, but keep in mind what we are especially interested in.
HUMAN INTEREST: what is about people and about human concerns, issues and feelings. This is a type of 'format' focusing on personal actions and consequences, and used dramatic, humorous and narrative styles. It is mostly about everyday emotions and events.
CULTURE: All those things that people think, do and have: habits and customs, way of living, religion, values, art, theatre, performance, mode of existence, music, objects, eating habits and manner of dress, buildings, etc….
MUSIC: music is a broad issue, we focus on documentaries dealing with musicians, the style (blues, rock, classical, etc. )
For the 2020 edition we are also looking for: science, art, history, literature, travel, mockumentaries, animated documentaries.
We are NOT looking for documentaries with some political overtones or preference.

SUBMISSION CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail upon receipt using the e-mail tool included with your online submission platform.

PLEASE. DO NOT SEND: In keeping with our effort to become a carbon neutral festival, we request that you DO NOT SEND press kits, photo stills, or any other publicity materials before your film is accepted.

LANGUAGE: All films with non-Dutch dialogue must have ENGLISH subtitles.

ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry, in U.S. dollars. It is good to know that all of the entry fee will be used to cover the cost for accommodations for directors of accepted films that are visiting DOCfeed.

FEE WAIVERS: NO FEE WAIVERS will be considered. Don't e-mail us, don't phone us, don't hunt us down on the streets - we've worked very hard to create an affordable submission system that offsets a (very) small portion of our costs. Trust us... filmmaker submission fees are not a revenue generator for any festival.

RETURN of SUBMISSION USB or DISKS: If you'd like your acceptance copy returned, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package. Screeners will otherwise not be returned.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by the DOCfeed Review and Selection Committee. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

NOTIFICATION: All accepted entrants will be notified on or before December the 20th 2019 via e-mail. Filmmakers whose films are not selected to screen at DOCfeed will also be notified by this date via email. All materials should be in our office before January the 17th 2020. Please note that the organization can change the program and exclude your film if we do not receive it before the stated date.

EXHIBITION FORMAT: Once a film is accepted, every attempt will be made by DOCfeed organizers to exhibit your film on the preferred exhibition format. However, due to budget and our movie venues, we prefer to EXHIBIT the following formats:
- MP4 export file H.264 (max file size 15 Gb)
You can submit your film on a USB or external hard disk (include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package, screeners will otherwise not be returned!) or send us a link were we can download the film.
Accepted file formats: .mp(e)g / .mov / .mp4 (m4v)
Recommended codecs: MJPEG, Apple ProRes , H264 ( bitrate > 2 MBit/s uncompressed)
Resolution: PAL from 720x400 to 1920x1080
Audio: Stereo sound 48kHz PCM (uncompressed) / MP3 / AAC (> 160 kbit / s)
There are only accepted multiplexed files (audio and video in one file)
It is recommended that only progressive or interlaced material upload
No color bars to the video
No black space before and after the video
The maximum size of the movie file is 15 GB

For the program book we need the following information for the communication department:
A short synopsis of the movie (approximately 150 words)
Minimum 3 stills, maximum 5 stills JPEG 300 dpi (for the book and website, so we do NOT need 20 Mb high resolution TIFF pictures)
Credits (director, cast, crew)
Length and title of the documentary
Language: Dutch, English and/or English subtitles
We can change your submitted text if it is to long for the page layout of the program book.

Optional link to trailer: vimeo or YouTube
Optional link to the Facebook page of your film
Optional: you can send us your film poster and other material to our office (address as stated on our FilmFreeway page, we can display them at the festival. If you want us to return the materials, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package, your material will otherwise not be returned. Please note that posters will be displayed at the festival so they can be damaged during this process.

FILMMAKER FEEDBACK: Regrettably, we no longer provide filmmaker feedback as a routine part of our selection and notification process. We will consider E-MAIL (only) requests for feedback on a case by case basis after the festival dates and before March the 15th.

PRIZES & AWARDS: every film (all lengths) when selected, is awarded by adding you to our website, include your film in our program book, screening your film during our festival, and we offer you a hotel room during the festival.

TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATIONS for FILMMAKERS: ALL filmmakers are encouraged to attend and we totally wish we could cover everyone’s flight and hotel rooms, but we just don’t have the resources. Damn budgets! However, we will provide each selected film with a complimentary 2- or 3-night Hotel stay for two persons in Eindhoven to attending filmmakers - features and shorts.

PASSES/TICKETS for FILMMAKERS: Visiting filmmakers will get two passes that will grand you to access all the films and workshops during the festival. Complimentary Festival Passes and single tickets are available to attending filmmakers. Quantities are dependent on film length, category and based on availability. DOCfeed representatives will communicate this information to filmmakers upon acceptance of film/s.

ARTIST REMUNERATION: Unfortunately, we can only pay for the hotel and festival passes, no screening fees are available.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Entrant agrees to grant DOCfeed permission for accepted films and related marketing materials (no worries, we will only use your stills and trailer, not the complete film!) to be reproduced and distributed (in whole or in part) SOLELY for the purposes of jurying and promotion of the Festival.

LIABILITY: You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Festival.

COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS: The Festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the Festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

Overall Rating
  • We're thrilled our client THE NUMBER screened at this years DOCfeed. It's such a personable festival and communication is so easy. A real filmmakers film festival!

    May 2019
  • Martin Suchánek

    Great experince for me! Well organized! Friendly!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Martin, and for the screening of your amazing project!

  • Sunjoo Lee

    DOCfeed was really a wonderful festival. The atmosphere was very friendly and open. Most of the filmmakers were present and was very easy to have a drink with and get to know each other. I've as well watched lots of amazing, quality films there during the four days. It was truly amazing for me. Big thanks to the crew.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, happy you had such a good time!

  • Hans den Hartog

    DOCfeed; Nice alternative festival with quality programming.
    On Friday an interesting Industry-day, with masterclasses and talks.
    Excellent festival for networking and friendly hospitality staff & volunteers. My film screened on Sunday had due to the moderator and special guest Marianne Maandonks (92) a wonderful Q&A!

    See ya next year.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind review, we found it really special that Marianne came as well!

  • Malou Wagenmaker

    This is a really nice festival. It's small, but that makes it really 'open' and interesting. Met some nice people from the field, makers and others. See you next year!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Malou, hope to see you again!