Dixie State University (DSU) presents DOCUTAH 2017 September 4-9. DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival originated at DSU in 2010. It is the brainchild of Phil Tuckett who was VP of NFL films for 38 years and received 30 Emmy awards during that time. DOCUTAH was nominated as one of the “25 coolest film festivals in the world” by Moviemaker Magazine. Films are screened at indoor and outdoor venues among the red rocks of Southern Utah. 2016 encouraged 300 submissions; engaging professional and student film makers from 32 different countries. DOCUTAH also offers an academic component welcoming student submissions and provides the Filmmaker Chat series for insight into the doc making experience. Students and amateur documentarians can learn more about the art of filmmaking from the filmmakers themselves. It is the mission of DOCUTAH to celebrate the art of documentary film.

Awards & Prizes

Raven Award - Norse legends speak of the raven sitting on the god Odin’s shoulders that saw and heard all. Ravens are intelligent, playful, curious, observant and creative. Ravens are also highly opportunistic and learn to adapt to take advantage of whatever their environment offers; the same traits exhibited by many documentarians as they create their films.

Rules & Terms

Rules and Regulations
1. The festival is open to all motion picture makers throughout the world.
2. The language of the festival is English and dialogue or narration must be in English, dubbed in English or with English sub-titles provided by the producer.
3. Entries must have been completed within the past two years.
4. Entrants will be advised of the projection format if their entry is accepted into the festival.
5. Entries may be entered into one of the four documentary categories listed above.
6. If a documentary is part of a series then only one episode should be entered in the appropriate class.
7. The producer must secure all copyright clearances where applicable and hold DOCUTAH harmless against any infringement by the producer.
8. Only one submission per entry.
9. Filmmakers are required to include with their submission: a short synopsis of the film, details of the producer and crew, photographs and a trailer. Photographs should be submitted as jpeg files and text as word files.
10. The judge’s decisions are final and binding on the entrants and the organizers.
11. Once your film has been accepted into the festival and you have been notified, you will not be allowed to withdraw your film from the festival.

Entry Requirements

1. Payment of entry fees may be in US dollars payable to DOCUTAH by credit card.
2. Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by e-mail.
3. Whilst great care will be given to all entries neither the Festival nor its sponsors or organizers can be responsible for damage or loss.
4. DOCUTAH is granted permission to make copies of short clips for promotional purposes.
5. A list of the winning entries will be published on the DOCUTAH website and in appropriate journals.
6. Entries and screening copies will not be returned. Copyright permission forms relating to films being housed in the university library are contained in the Filmmaker Acceptance Packet. Films will be housed in the DSU library should the filmmaker choose to grant permission.
7. Foreign entries should be submitted digitally with screening copies sent by Air Parcel Post or Air Small Package. Please check your local postal regulations for shipping and let us know if any special regulations apply.
8. Please allow at least one week for US entries, three weeks for Canadian entries and a month for air mail International entries. When entries are received after the closing date we will notify the entrant and hold them for next year's Festival.
9. Filmmakers must provide a film synopsis of 35 words or less, promotional stills, a film trailer, director’s bio, and list of previous screenings and awards (be brief.)
10. It is suggested that your submission includes press materials, film and filmmaker stills. (Any digital images should be tiff, gif or jpeg format. 300 dpi. No image larger than 1 MB.)

5 Reviews

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    Bruce Bennett

    Fantastic, well organized festival that makes filmmakers feel important.

    June 2017
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    Bradley Bethel

    A well-organized festival with quality films in a welcoming town.

    September 2016
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    Melina Tupa

    This festival is a gem! They really DO CARE about all the filmmakers who attend, they are super friendly, they know you by name, they've seen your film and they make sure you have everything you need to have a wonderful time (and I really did have a wonderful time)!

    September 2016
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    Marjorie Wright

    This is a professional festival, which shows controversial cutting edge films, unafraid to provoke lively debate. Too many other doc festivals select to please and curry favor with sponsors. DocUtah is bold and defends its filmmakers against intimidation, defending human rights against institutionalized power. This is an excellent, well run festival

    September 2016
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    Jeff Bemiss

    They reached out personally to all filmmakers and seemed to care about having as many filmmakers attend as possible. Very positive experience.

    May 2016