Presented by the California Film Institute, DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival brings compelling stories and the provocative insight behind them to Marin County, CA, April 30 - May 3, 2020. Expanding upon the exchange of ideas and inspiration through public screenings, engaged conversations, pitching and grassroots networking events, DocLands aims to build an active, involved, fully supportive community around documentary film dedicated to initiating connections and partnerships that will illuminate and invigorate the business and art of non-fiction filmmaking.

DocLands is a non-competitive, non-juried film festival, with one overall Audience Choice Award.

DocLands is a non-competitive, non-juried festival, with one overall Audience Choice award.

DocLands entries will be accepted via upload through FilmFreeway submission platform. No DVDs or external links will be considered.

Programming emphasizes new works in both documentary features and shorts.
• Feature-length entries (40 minutes and over) receiving theatrical release, TV broadcast, or that are available for purchase on DVD or online (e.g. iTunes, video on-demand, etc.) prior to DocLands's dates may NOT be considered.
• Feature-length entries receiving a theatrical or festival screening in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to or within one month following DocLands’s dates may not be considered for the Festival. Exceptions may be made under special circumstances. Entries accepted for DocLands will not be eligible for inclusion in the Mill Valley Film Festival.
• DocLands does not pay rental fees. Instead, our resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work. Films may subsequently be considered for theatrical runs at our year-round venue, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center.
• Films may be screened more than once during the festival
• Industrial, promotional or instructional films are NOT eligible.
• Films must have been completed after October 1, 2018.
• Filmmakers are responsible for providing a good quality DCP or 35mm print for their screening. DCP or 35mm ONLY.
• Filmmakers will be notified via email of entry status by approximately April 1, 2020.
• Once a film is submitted it may not be withdrawn.
• If selected to screen in the festival, you may be asked to provide an electronic press kit.
• Exhibition prints must be sent to the Festival prepaid. The Festival will cover return shipping via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or US Mail unless other arrangements are requested.
• In case of loss or damage during the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs of repair or replacement of the print only. Media are insured for up to $100 per entry when shipped out. While all entries are packaged with extreme care, the Festival is not responsible for loss or damage to prints in transit.

Overall Rating
  • harleen singh

    Doclands is an amazing film festival and is a must for all filmmakers. The communication from the get go was clear and quick. It was extremely well organized with everything was in place ahead of time. You can expect an audience of receptive and appreciative filmgoers to view your work. Festival is full of new product and fresh talent. No wonder a lot of film makers attended the screening along with their protagonists and their technical teams. Overall great quality, amazing hospitality and superb communication.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work -- and your enthusiastic subjects -- with our audiences during our second year, Harleen! We were absolutely delighted that you were able to participate -- and look forward to your next doco! All the very best for future screenings from the whole team here!

  • shane anderson

    "The curation of diverse and impactful films was second to none. It was a true honor to be a part of such an amazing festival. I left educated and inspired." ...Shane Anderson Director/ Producer " A River's Last Chance"

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your wonderful words, Shane -- music to my ears! It was truly an honor for US to screen A RIVER'S LAST CHANCE this year. All the very best with future screenings and distribution moving forward.

  • S. Kramer Herzog

    Doclands encompasses all that is great about film festivals: New and cutting-edge talent, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, and a warm and welcoming vibe. It's a must for filmmakers.
    S. Kramer Herzog (director /producer), "Spark Plug Cowboys"

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Kramer -- we can't tell you how this makes us feel! Truly heartwarming to hear we're off to a grand start! All the very best with upcoming screenings, Kramer.

  • Molly Stuart

    DocLands was a fantastic festival experience... The events facilitated wonderful connections between filmmakers, industry professionals, and film connoiseurs. The overall level of organization was top-notch, which I highly appreciated. And it was a delight to see a number of interesting projects garner support through DocPitch. I can't wait for next year!

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Molly! We're delighted to hear we did what we set out to do! We're all looking forward to seeing what's up your sleeve for next year :-)

  • Stacey Tenenbaum

    I absolutely loved this festival! They were so welcoming and organized and they really care about film makers. I loved the programming as well - so many great, uplifting films to watch. They also had great parties and delicious food. This fest is the best!

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Stacey! It was an honor to have you and your film at DocLands -- we cannot wait to take a look at your next project. Please do keep us in the loop!