DOXA is Western Canada's largest documentary film festival, presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) 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 19th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 7 thru 17, 2020.
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.
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.
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 screened or broadcast in Vancouver prior to the festival are ineligible.
*Projects completed after January 1, 2019 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 15, 2020.
*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 selina [at] doxafestival.ca for more information.
*All entrants will be notified by April 3, 2020.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an 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.