Document Festival is Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival, established in 2003. It provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, British and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. By screening the best of recent and historical human rights documentaries, Document is a crucial space for the visibility and consideration of documentary film as an art form and social practice. Recognised at home and abroad, we work with many local, national and international organisations and are members of the Human Rights Film Network.

Terms & Conditions:

1. We are open to all subject matter linked to human rights in its broadest sense, and are particularly looking for documentaries that document, examine and discuss international Human Rights issues in an innovative and expansive way, with rigorous attention paid to documentary filmmaking ethics.

2. All officially selected films will be screened for the public, in a physical space or digitally, depending on the Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the festival.

3. All films in a language other than English need to be submitted with English subtitles. We aim to be as accessible as possible and try to caption films for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Therefore we appreciate films with already integrated captioning or audio description.

4. Films should have been completed no earlier than October 2018. Previously submitted films need not resubmit.

5. We do not require any premiere status.

6. It is preferred that submissions for consideration are sent as online screeners. We are unable to accept tape formats.

7. If the film is successful we will request that you send a digital master file for screening in the festival. We can receive this either as a digital download or external harddrive/flashdrive (mac formatted).
Document does not cover the cost of postage for the delivery of the screenings masters to the festival but will pay for their return to the filmmakers.

8. We offer set screening fees for selected submissions of £100 for feature films and £40 for short films.