In the fall of 2015, DokStation introduced itself as a unique, cutting edge music documentary film festival in Bucharest, Romania. It has since established itself as one of the premiere niche festivals in the country, but more importantly as a vital part of the local cultural scene. Now in its 8th year, the festival has expanded to include year-round programming, unique pop-up events, and special screenings including world and national premieres.

DokStation tells the true stories behind the music and examines music in all its complexity and history, focused exclusively on showcasing amazing national and international non‐fiction music documentaries, covering all genres of music during five days.

For all passionate about independent film and music across all genres, DokStation provided the unique opportunity to watch great music documentaries as they were meant to be seen on the screen and venues, but at full volume.

The 2022 DokStation edition presented 28 fascinating and compelling music documentaries, most of them Romanian premieres (about prominent figures such as Leonard Cohen, Jim Morisson, a-ha, Sinead O’Connor, Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry, Sheryl Crow, King Crimson, Shane MacGowan, Bee Gees, Cesária Évora), accompanied by Q&A sessions with directors and other key players involved, gigs, and DJ sets themed on the films presented across five alternative Bucharest venues.

The 2023 DokStation Festival will take place from September 20-24 in Bucharest, Romania. Next September, DokStation will continue to discover, exhibit and champion compelling non-fiction music films, covering all genres of music, hosting interactive panels and live music events.

1. Films must be non-fiction MUSIC DOCUMENTARY and to have minimum 40 min to screen at DokStation (theatrical and/or virtual).
2. Films cannot be available online prior to us screening them.
3. Films with Romanian, European, International or World Premiere status will be given preference in the selection process.
4. Films that have been previously submitted to DokStation are not eligible.
5. Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2021.
6. Films in theatrical/virtual cinema release in Romania prior to, or at the time of the festival are not eligible.
7. Film screeners must be submitted via private video screener link with password.
8. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the DokStation Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
9. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live DokStation Festival events.
10. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
11. Any film submitted through FilmFreeway or that receives a fee waiver will not be allowed to request a guaranteed screening or rental fee.
12. We strongly encourage all submissions to have closed captions available for their film at the time of the festival in September.