DOCK is an international festival of the historical documentary cinema, created by leading names in the Bulgarian movie industry and cinema documentary. It will take place on the territory of Bourgas on the Black Sea Coast, with the overall support of the Municipality and National Film Center Bulgaria. This is a seaside town with centuries-old history and one of the most culturally and socially developed cities in Bulgaria. The festival will be held from September 17th /official opening/to September 22nd, 2024 in two directions:

Official Competition Program /10 titles after the final selection/
A special program “30 years of Democracy” /10 local titles/

The grand prize for Official Competition Program of the DOCK festival is 5 000 leva
(2500 euros).

Official Competition Program /10 titles after the final selection/
Documentary movie submission has started.

1. The film must be completed after the 1st of September 2021.

2. The minimum duration is 45 minutes.

3. Historical events must play a key role in the story.

4. The Festival accepts only documentaries.

5. Films with a special method of screening, like 3D or VR glasses – are not accepted. DCP format is not supported for now.

6. The Festival accepts submissions via FilmFreeway only. We don’t accept physical submissions via post or e-mail (i.e., DVD, flash drive).

7. Films in a language other than English or Bulgarian must have subtitles in English.

8. Deadline for entries: August 20, 2021.

9. List of selected films: September 1, 2021.

10. The decisions of the Jury are final. The Festival will not inform about the criteria for selection.

11. Selected participants will be notified via e-mail. Information will appear on our website too.

12. Screening copy must be sent using online platforms with an option for downloading, such as,,,, etc.

13. Recommended digital format for selected movies: MPEG4 / H.264 codec, HD 1920x1080, stereo.

14. Audience access is free.

15. Films that show extreme violence, hurt domestic or foreign laws, or contain pornographic content are not accepted.

16. By submitting the Film, you declaim that you have full copyright of the Film and you accept screenings of the film during the Festival. You grant to the Festival a non-exclusive license to use the Film in open-air screenings, indoor screenings, and for general advertising materials and other promotional materials.

17. The Festival may use the Film, information about Authors, pictures, or still-frames, in conjunction with an Internet site and social media for the advertisement purpose. Selected candidates must provide Press Kit for their project.

A special program “30 years of Democracy” /10 titles/

Overall Rating
  • Alexandre de Villeneuve

    History is a very important thing to understand the present and to build the future. International Documentary Historical Film Festival broadcast the best of history films. Thank you

    December 2022
  • Andrea Odezynska

    I am proud that my film, "Return Sasyk to the Sea" screened at DOCK international Documentary Historical Film Festival. DOCK festival programmers care about history. They organize an audience. They offer hospitality. Burgas is a beautiful town on the Black Sea. Love this festival!!!

    October 2022
  • Władysław Jurków

    A unique festival in Europe dedicated to historical films. In beautiful seaside Burgas, run by a group of dedicated professionals in an almost family atmosphere. I would definitely like to go back and experience this celebration of documentary filmmaking again.

    October 2019
  • Such a wonderful Festival!
    Organized with care, curated with passion, made with love.
    I am so honored to be in the Official Selection of your first edition... Congratulations to all the staff and I wish you a beautiful second year!

    October 2018