DOCVILLE, the largest documentary film festival in Belgium, has a strong focus on author driven documentary with special emphasis on the cinematic experience in general and cinematography in particular.
For 8 days, the festival organizes masterclasses, seminars, master talks next to its screenings. Invited guests are welcome to join us in our renowned festival kitchen and bar, the ideal place to meet professionals in an informal setting.

Awards & Prizes

- Jury Award for Best International Documentary
- Conscience Award
- Audience Award
- Jury Award for Best Belgian Documentary
- Award for Best Flemish TV documentary.

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS - APPLICABLE FOR ALL COMPETITIONS
- Deadline for entry is January 1st, 2017.
- Only FEATURE LENGTH docs are accepted (50 minutes or more)
- Submitted films should be marked as downloadable (film will be stored in the (secured) festival archives).
- Submitting your film means accepting we include the film’s preview file and information in the festival video archive.
- Submitted films can't be withdrawn from competitive sections.

SPECIFIC RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE BELGIAN COMPETITION
- All general rules & regulations apply
- Films should be finished after the previous deadline of Docville (March 1st, 2016)
- Films -although preferred- are not required to have premiere status at the time of the festival

SPECIFIC RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
- All general rules & regulations apply
- Documentaries sent in for the international competition need to be (at least) Belgian premieres (can't be shown on tv, internet, festivals, cinemas or other public venues in Belgium).
- Submitted films should have been finished after January 1st 2016.

AUDIENCE AWARD
- If your film does not comply with one or more of the rules stated above, you can still submit your film. However, it will not be eligible for a jury award. If screened in one of the non-competitive sections, it will be eligible for the audience award.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR SHORT FILMS
- There is VERY limited place in the current programme for short films.
- Short films UNDER 15 minutes are very strongly preferred
- Short films can NOT compete in any of the competitive sections

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