DocOKC is hosting it's first non-fiction festival in Oklahoma City for the second year. DocOKC offers multiple awards categories, and is a designed to bring powerful documentaries from all over the world to an audience that loves real stories.

DocOKC, a 3-day all-pedestrian festival, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with all screenings and parties held within easy walking distance. Over these next few years, we hope to host many of the greats in documentary film, and will strive to be warm and hospitable to filmmakers.

Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Audience Choice Award

DocOKC will exhibit a variety of program categories. Not all categories are competitive.

*Short Films: 40 minutes or less
*Features: Over 40 minutes
*Episodic Series
*Fees are non-refundable.
*Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
*Films not in English must be subtitled with English subtitles

ELIGIBILITY: For first annual DocOKC, we are opening submissions from ANY time. Not limited to the last year or two.

SUBMISSIONS will be received between January and July of 2021, with notification of acceptance no later than September 30th, 2021.

Feature and Short films that are available on VOD or a streaming platform will not be eligible for competition at the festival.

Feature length films that have been released theatrically or broadcast on television nationally prior to the festival will be considered for non-competitive sections only under special circumstances determined by the festival.

Short films that are available on VOD or a streaming platform will not be eligible for competition at the festival.


You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and PROVIDE an entry fee for each.

UPDATED CUTS: Our programming team will review the original screener received. DocOKC is unable to guarantee a review of the updated versions of your film, but links to new cuts can be emailed to

FEEDBACK: Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers at this time.

Have additional questions about submitting? Please email
Once accepted, if distribution plans accelerate and you find that your film will be released, theatrically or otherwise, before the event date, we ask that you notify us immediately.

You must agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the DocOKC website and other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow DocOKC to promote the following year's festival with the above excerpts, highlights, and/or trailers. DocOKC will never screen your film outside the promotion of the festival without additional permission. We prefer to show films with filmmakers in attendance for audience Q&A and publicity.

Great care will be taken with entries while with us, however we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear. DocOKC is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses that may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

Overall Rating
  • Bianca Sartirana

    Thank you Oklahoma City Documentary Film Festival for selecting "Ottocentonovantasei Nuvole", it's been a honour.

    August 2022
  • Michael Barton

    The 2022 Oklahoma City Documentary Film Festival (docOKC) was an amazing experience. Our film, Ring the Bells: The Stolen Life of Tammy Carter, made its premiere at the festival. It was a very special evening that brought together friends, family, and authorities to pay tribute to Tammy Carter who’s life was stolen by crime in 1982.

    Festival director Michael Schwarz, was great with communication and he did an amazing job hosting the Q&A session following the film. His love of documentary film making is obvious. Congratulations to Michael for introducing a documentary only film festival to Oklahoma City. The Auditorium at the Douglass is a great venue and the films were presented professionally. In its inaugural year, docOKC was a great experience and I wish Michael Schwarz and his team many more years of success. Don’t hesitate to enter this festival, you’ll have a great time!

    August 2022