DOKer was created 7 years ago to bring wonderful independent documentary films from all over the world to the Russian audience and provide a discussion platform for authors, experts and spectators.

The principles of DOKer are:
- When we say 'documentary film' we put the emphasis on ‘film'.
- There are countless ways to make a documentary but we believe it has to be dramatic and interesting.
- Image and sound are as important for docs as they are for fiction films. The film language is universal, and we use it to tell our stories.

DOKer has already seen 11 seasons in 6 major cities located in central Russia (Moscow, Yaroslavl, Saint Petersburg), Ural (Yekaterinburg), Caucasus (Vladikavkaz) and Siberia (Krasnoyarsk).
We have had more than 400 screenings.

- Jury Award for the Best Feature Documentary
- Jury Award for the Best Short Documentary
- Jury Award for the Best Directing
- Jury Award for the Best Cinematography
- Jury Award for the Best Editing
- Jury Award for the Best Sound
- Audience Award for the Best Feature Documentary
- Additional prizes

DOKer seeks theatrical style documentaries. We tend towards new films that have received minimal exposure in Russia. The Russian premiere required for all foreign films in the competition programs.

A version of the film with English subtitles, exception to be made for English spoken films.

Short and feature length documentaries can compete. All the selected films will be screened with English subtitles and with Russian subtitles (the last one made by DOKer).

Our programming favors feature length films, although we do have a short competitive section.

Overall Rating
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    Susan Koenen

    I had a wonderful and inspiring time in Moscow. The DOKer people were all very kind and interested. I really loved the way they programmed the festival and I got inspired by the films I watched. We also got a tour to the Red Square and the volunteers even came to fetch us at the airport. Great service, great festival, great people, I loved it.

    May 2017
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    Tereza Sato

    We had a short film in the program, but the festival pays a lot of attention even for a shorts. An outstanding team, well-organized Q&A's. A rich program and a useful industrial part. Really want to come back to DOKer with a new big movie one day.

    May 2017
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    Esther Bergmann

    Incredible festival, very warm welcome, wonderful viewers, very strong program! It turns out that Moscow is very hospitable and cheerful. Highly recommend.

    May 2017
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    Roman Shumunov

    It was unforgettable few days at this festival, great movies, warm and interesting people, amazing atmosphere with young and attentive crew.
    Even so this is not a big festival but there are a lot of good and
    inspiration movies from over the world. We been there with the feature film this year and hope to get there one day.
    Highly recommend.

    May 2017
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    carlos andrés lópez

    It is a small but nice festival that shows good films. The understanding of the program was a little complicated because they only had it in russian.
    People working there are really passionate about films and are very very nice. Hope to be back

    November 2016