Docs In Progress is a nonprofit organization focused on building community through documentary film. We are proud to be based in a vibrant, diverse , and historic community. Since 2010, we have showcased short documentaries about people and places in our local community made by our adult education and youth camp students. Since 2015, we have expanded the Festival to include more documentaries about local topics by other filmmakers.
Please see "Rules & Terms" for additional guidelines since ours are rather specific. Submissions which do not meet these guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Submission fees will not be returned if you do not follow the guidelines.
Rules & Terms
All submissions must be:
* Documentary videos. We cannot accept fiction work, celluloid films, or scripts.
* We ONLY show films about people, places, history, or current events in Greater Washington DC (Washington DC; the Maryland counties of Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, and Howard; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun, or the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church). If your film is about some other place, that's nice, but we are not the festival for you.
* Films must be either a completed work which is 30 minutes or shorter or a work-in-progress (trailer or scene up to 10 minutes in length or rough cut up to 70 minutes in length)
* If submitting a completed film, it must have been produced within the last five years.
* If submitting a work-in-progress, filmmaker must be open to getting constructive feedback on story structure and character development from a general audience.
* Entries must be submitted online. We do not accept DVD submissions. If you include a password-protected link, please ensure that the password stays the same through October 31. If our review committee is unable to access a film because the password has been changed, it will not be considered.
* Filmmakers must have rights to use all music and images presented in the films or be using under fair use (see http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/best-practices/documentary-filmmakers-statement-best-practices-fair-use#statement).
* At least one of the filmmakers must be able to attend the festival in person since what makes this festival special is the interaction between the audience and the filmmaker. While we accept submissions from filmmakers based outside of our region, this is a community festival with a limited budget, so we cannot cover travel by filmmakers to attend the festival.
* Films with non-English dialogue must be submitted with English subtitles.
* If you are requesting a fee waiver, please provide a reason. We will honor fee waivers in exceptional cases for films which meet all other guidelines, and where the filmmaker has made a compelling case for the waiver.
* Submissions which do not meet these guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Submission fees will not be returned if you do not follow the guidelines.