The Doko Film Fest is national film festival for high school age film makers from across the USA and other countries to showcase their films to a live audience. It is a competitive showcase event with awards given.

Everyone that is invited to show their film at the Fest, gets a Doko Film Fest Laurel that they can attach to their CV and future film work to show that they were a finalist at the Film Festival.

It's a place where the film makers interact with the audience and professional film makers to explain their film, and to receive reaction and comment on their work.

Film makers and others attending will be able to participate in masterclasses on film making topics led by professional film makers.

At the end of the Film Fest, awards will go to the best film in each film category as well as the best Doko Film Fest film.
Film categories are:
- Short story (2 to about 10 minutes long)
- Documentary (2 to about 10 minutes long)
- Music Video (2 to about 10 minutes long))
- Comedy (2 to about 10 minutes long)
- Animation (1 to about 3 minutes long)
- Pocket Studio (all made by smart phone) (2 to about 10 minutes long)
- Award for Innovation in film making
- Award for Best South Carolina made film

Each film must be at least 2 minutes long, but no longer than about 10 minutes. Except the animation which is 1 minute to about 3 minutes long.

Doko Film Fest judges will select the best 3 films of each category to be shown at the festival event, invitations will be sent to those film makers to invite them to attend the screening of their films and the award ceremony.

Also, if you are interested in attending some short interactive free live webinars on film making skills, please contact me to get your name on the list: and follow us on facebook @dokofilmfest and twitter @dokofilmfest

A "Doko" will be awarded to each winner in each award category.
The best film overall will be aired at a special screening a Newberry South, Carolina.

Award categories are:
- Best Short Story
- Best Documentary
- Best Music Video
- Best Comedy
- Best Animation
- Best Pocket Studio Production
- Best Festival Film

- Innovation in Film Making
- Best South Carolina Made Film

The festival is open to any film made by young high school aged film makers aged between 15 and 19 at the time of submitting the film. While adults maybe characters within these films or teachers of film making, the films should be produced by the young film makers.

**All film makers under the age of 18, will need to get their parent or guardian's permission to submit the film and be invited to the Doko Film fest, should the film be selected for public screening, without this permission, we will be unable to consider the film for inclusion into the festival**

This is the link to our parent/guardian permission form: If you cannot link to a form, please contact me at: and I will send you one.

Films may only be submitted thorough FilmFreeway, and Doko Film Fest only accepts digital submissions.

Online screeners are preferred until notification of acceptance, at which time a HD Digital version will need to be sent to the Doko Film Fest. Entries are accepted in .mp4 or .mov format.

By submitting a film to Doko Film Fest, including, but not limited to videos, comments, reviews, or pieces of writing, demonstrates your agreement to grant American INSIGHT a limited, nonexclusive license to display, reproduce, alter, or use the materials in promotions or on any or all of Doko Film Fest affiliated sites. Doko Film Fest might also quote, link to, or include this content (in its original or altered form) on any or all of its social media profiles. The submitter grants the Doko Film Fest the right to use any film or part of a film submitted to promote the festival, including future screenings. The individual or entity submitting the film warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules, and regulations.

The Doko Film Fest reserves the right to refuse entries, or to reject any film or screenplay that contains prohibited content or in its sole discretion Doko Film Fest deems offensive or inappropriate.

Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the Student Category.

The submitter agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Doko Film Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and court costs) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.

Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.

By submitting a film to the Doko Film Fest, you are accepting these rules and conditions in their entirety.

Overall Rating
  • Lucia Menendez

    Welcoming judges and festival directors. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

    April 2021
  • Kevin Lucero Less

    A fantastic opportunity for young creators in a world class festival! Ray, and his amazing team of professional jurors, really have organized a superlative event - filled with astoundingly well made films. The communications were friendly and immediate, and the process was thoughtful and generous. Thanks so much Ray for giving young filmmakers an amazing opportunity to share their talents.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kevin for your wonderful review. I am really glad that you had a good experience. You are all the future of film and I wish you all luck with your futures.
    Best wishes

  • Absolutely great festival that gives young filmmakers a real chance to have their voices heard in a meaningful, unabashed way. Everything went smoothly and I got to work with the great team behind Doko to have a really good time.

    March 2021
  • A very professionally organized film fest. Powerful, entertaining films are showcased along with very informative lessons on filmmaking. I highly recommend any filmmaker to take part in Doko. You will not regret it.

    March 2021
  • This was a truly unforgettable experience! I highly recommend any High School filmmakers to participate in the Doko Film Festival experience. Disappointed I only got to participate once, I wish I had learned about it sooner!

    March 2021