As a dedicated Documentary filmmaker, you have an important message: Deliver it to the people that matter! Other fests claim to “invite” distributors to a venue: We Deliver Them To You Directly, Guaranteed.

Docs Without Borders Film Festival (DWBFF) is a festival dedicated to DOCUMENTARIES and DOCU-DRAMAS ONLY (we are one of the few festivals with a separate category for Docu-dramas).

-Guaranteed distributor review by World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (WWMPC.COM) for features, and Adler & Associates for shorts and features, AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU, for our select few "Best Of Show’" and "Award of Outstanding Excellence" winners in the 13 Major categories, based on sufficient qualified entries. For this FREE service, DWBFF requires NO CONTRACTS to be signed.
-No need to "hope" that a distributor will see your film at a festival venue: We guarantee top winners will be reviewed by our distribution associates.
- ON-DEMAND VIDEO PLAY OPTION: DWBFF, in conjunction with WRPN.TV Entertainment Network, may also offer a unique opportunity to show your film to a world-wide community of video fans from dozens of countries that filmmakers would not normally have access to, in the form of an optional On-Demand video play opportunity. On-Demand will be available later this year for “Best Of Show,” “Outstanding Excellence,” “Excellence,” and even some “Exceptional Merit” winners, so don’t miss this chance to get in early and get the important message of your documentary seen by worldwide WRPN.TV subscribers.
-FREE Earlybird entry of any rejected film, into DWBFF’s next competition, upon completion of the suggested corrections outlined in your rejection letter.
-$10 discount for ALL STUDENT FILM ENTRIES IN THE 13 MAJOR CATEGORIES regardless of deadline status (proof required of student status at time of filming: no refunds if your ID is not legitimate).
-Reduced rates for sub-category submissions (cinematography, editing, original score, research, etc.)
-Unique Documentary Category distinctions: Environmental, Human Spirit, Social Issues, Wildlife, Docu-drama shorts, and Docu-drama features, and many others.
-Rejected films also have the opportunity for Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore.
Instead of paying submission fees and getting nothing in return, EVERYONE who submits to DWBFF will receive one of two benefits: Either 1): your film is already competition calibre, and gets accepted as an Official Selection, OR 2): you’ll receive a letter outlining exactly what is keeping it from being accepted. If you can make corrections, you resubmit for FREE.
While most festivals never give any explanation at all for a rejection, we strive to help filmmakers improve their festival acceptance rates and therefore, their marketability.
DWBFF is run as a web-based competition, instead of a traditional film festival: 100% of our effort and investment goes into finding a market for you, not into renting theatres unless it is dictated by the distributors to further test the market. New distribution company connections are actively petitioned.
Finally, you can rest assured that our (DWBFF's) co-founder is a registered Committee Member for the Universal Film & Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG). The UFFO is a non-profit operating out of the U.K., which exists for "Promoting best business practices for film festivals.” This guarantees that your film will benefit from a fair and thorough judging process.

Awards & Prizes

DWBFF, in cooperation with our distribution colleagues, is proud to offer guaranteed distributor review to the top winners in the 13 major categories at these award levels*:

"Best Of Show"
"Award of Outstanding Excellence"

*(Please note: If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, DOFIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.)

Other award levels include:
"Award Of Excellence"
"Award Of Exceptional Merit"
"Award Of Merit"
"Kudos Endeavor Award"

Sub-category awards are available for cinematography, research, original concept, editing, viewer impact, and many others.

Rules & Terms

DWBFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
Only films submitted into one of the 13 Major categories are eligible for distributor review (films submitted for judging in reduced-rate, production value sub-categories only, will not be eligible).
In order to insure that each film is studied and rated on an individual basis, DWBFF has instituted a system to insure that entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits. For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves: each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system. We want to insure that the judges’ focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU.
On-Demand video play on WRPN.TV is completely OPTIONAL.
Submitting your film to DWBFF automatically puts you on our mailing list, to receive emails from DWBFF and WRPN.TV, so that you will be informed of developments regarding the status of your film. This mailing list is private and will not be shared with any third parties. You may unsubscribe at any time at the risk of missing pertinent information regarding your film.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries, and there are no waivers.
DVD's will not be returned.
Submissions in other than English must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.
If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, DWBFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.
Filmmakers who enter only discounted sub-categories, but no major categories, are not eligible for "Best Of Show" award level.

Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.
The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. Just as entering major categories does not insure selection or award, entering sub-categories also does not insure selection or award; Filmmakers who enter sub-categories only (without entering a major category) may be rejected if the judges do not feel the submitted sub-category is of merit, even if the film itself is of merit and could have been award-worthy. Conversely, films may also receive awards for sub-categories written in by the judges even if the filmmaker did not submit for them.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS FILM FESTIVAL, WRPN.TV, and ROMAN PICTURES from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Submitting filmmakers whom have in any way been associated with Roman Pictures, WRPN.TV, or any of the executive producers for the above mentioned organizations, will be disqualified due to conflict of interest, and any submission fees will be refunded. The filmmaker hereby asserts that no such association with executive producers for Roman Pictures or WRPN.TV exists or has existed in the past.

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    Jermaine Thomas

    An awesome festival to be a part of.

    June 2017
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    Ivana Noa

    This is the first festival ever, which gave me feedback. And made me better! I have been extreemely happy to be a part of their official selection. THANK YOU! Ivana Noa

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You're welcome Ivana, and as you feel the feedback made you better, we are looking forward to seeing one of your new creations, and perhaps advancing from "Official Selection" status to "Award Winning" status! This is why we offer free feedback to rejected films and films that receive Official Selection, but do not advance to a Win status. We are here to help the independent film scene grow, and it cannot grow if there is a great filmmaker out there who is new but doesn't know what they're doing wrong, or what they can do to improve. As a young filmmaker, you are well on your way to greatness: happy filmmaking Ivana!

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    Brett Eidman

    This was a great opportunity and very helpful. Nice to be part of this festival. Hope to do it again soon.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brett, we enjoyed your unusual biography short and we look forward to seeing more of your work!

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    Durval Pereira

    Rarely i've found a festival like Docs Without Borders Film Festival that connects producer with the distributor. Highly recommended!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Our most exciting achievement is to offer guaranteed distribution contact for our top winners with established, well-known distributors. We feel this is much more beneficial than the claim of other festivals that "invite" distributors to their events, who may or may not show up or even take notice of an individual film in a sea of submitters. As you stated in your film's summary, many people are surprised when they find out that Brazil sent an Expeditionary Force to fight in Europe during World War II, and it is important that the world hears the story these men have to tell. We sincerely hope that our distributors find your message worthy as well.

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    Martha Gorzycki

    Excellent communication and promotion opportunities for independent filmmakers and their creative work. It is an honor to receive an Award of Excellence. Thank you for supporting experimental docs!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You're welcome Martha. Although some festivals are not welcoming to experimental creations, we quite enjoy them. Your original use of imagery along with the interviews from victims of the war provided great impact for your documentary message. We hope to see more of your work!