DOXA is Western Canada's largest documentary film festival, presented by The Documentary Media Society, a non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.

The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, industry forums and educational programs. The 21st annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 5 thru 15, 2022.

Our Mission:
To support a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.

We’re Committed To:
*Cultivating curiosity and critical thought.
*Promoting the intersection of actuality and artistic expression.
*Fostering a local and international community interested in non-fiction media.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DOXA plans to present a hybrid festival experience which will include both online and theatrical screenings. In-person theatrical screenings will take place in accordance with the health and safety guidelines set out by our public health authorities.

As the DOXA board and staff continue to closely monitor the national and global situation regarding COVID-19, we will adapt our festival accordingly to expand or reduce in-person events, to ensure the safety of our community.

DOXA aims to pay all independent filmmakers selected through the submission process a screening fee and/or assist with travel/accommodations to attend the festival.

DOXA takes place in beautiful British Columbia, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The DOXA award winners are selected on the basis of three major criteria: success and innovation in the realization of the project’s concept; originality and relevance of subject matter and approach; and overall artistic and technical proficiency.

DOXA Feature Documentary Award
DOXA Short Documentary Award
Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary
Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming

Total prize value to be determined.

*Projects completed after January 1, 2021 will be prioritized.

*Projects that have not screened (theatrical, online or broadcast) to audiences in Vancouver B.C. audiences prior to the festival will be prioritized.

*You may submit with an online screener. Please do not send DVD or Blu-Ray.

*Rough cuts are eligible ONLY IF final cuts will be available by March 14, 2022.

*Work produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

*Please enclose a brief synopsis and screening history.

*More weight is given to projects which do not take a conventional journalistic or commercial approach.

*Fee waivers are available for Indigenous filmmakers. Please email submissions [at] doxafestival.ca for more information.

*All entrants will be notified by April 4, 2022.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize any film stills or excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Documentary Media Society ("DOXA Documentary Film Festival"), its Board of Directors, Employees, and Agents, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DOXA plans to present a hybrid festival experience which will include both online and theatrical screenings. In-person theatrical screenings will take place in accordance with the health and safety guidelines set out by our public health authorities.

As the DOXA board and staff continue to closely monitor the national and global situation regarding COVID-19, we will adapt our festival accordingly to expand or reduce in-person events, to ensure the safety of our community.

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  • Presenting my work at DOXA Documentary Film Festival was an excellent experience. I would like to thank the staff for their support and professionalism.

    June 2021
  • The DOXA Film Festival was an amazing experience!! We had our world premiere at DOXA and the team was extremely supportive and responsive throughout the entire process. They interviewed the film's director and created bonus track with the interview on the online platform, and connected us to some national Canadian media as well. The team cultivates a personal rapport with film makers that we haven't always found in other film festivals! Thanks so much to the awesome DOXA team for believing in the story and the music of "The Rumba Kings." Being part of DOXA swung open the doors to a great festival run year for our film. We would love to be back at some point in the future with a next project. Special thanks to Selina, Eirinn, Marnie, and Milena for all their support!

    June 2021
  • Ivan O'Mahoney

    Terrific festival, even though it had to be virtual this year because of Covid. The communication with the festival team was excellent. Would love to be back when Vancouver cinemas are open for business again!

    May 2021
  • Virginia Galán

    I spend a great time in Doxa. Amazing team and film selection.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Miguel. City of the Dead definitely struck a chord with our audience, and remains one of our personal favourites. We can't wait to see your future work!

  • Jeffery Chong

    Such a great festival with great programming. The DOXA team is wonderful! So many opportunities to see films, and meet filmmakers.

    June 2018