In 2018, the international film community will see the return of the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, an annual, weeklong event that highlighted documentary talent for almost a decade.

The Filmplaneet in Ghent founded the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival in 1994, to focus explicitly on documentary films.

During its original nine year run, the festival has become a respected international festival and is renowned for its strong, qualitative and independent film selection. Highlights were Frederic Wiseman's Domestic Violence, which had it’s World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and the Focus dedicated to the work of American documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner, who presented his latest film personally. In association with SMAK it also hosted Harmony Korine photo series ‘Milk Chicken Review’ and ‘Coke Head Swingers’ and the video installation ‘The Diary of Anna Frank. Part II’. The festival has hosted many noteworthy filmmakers: Kim Longinotto, Michael Glawogger, Hans Van den Broeck, Monteith McCollum, Gabriel Noble, Deborah Hoffmann, Frances Reid, Thom Vander Beken. Unfortunately, in its original incarnation, the festival came to an end in 2003.

Inspired by that original movement, the revived Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, now in it’s tenth edition, will continue to emphasize lesser known, vanguard documentary works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent.

Most importantly, the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create a space for unique visionaries and voices. True to its history, the festival will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. The festival’s goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create an intimate atmosphere in which to revel in the beauty and wonder of the cinema with like-minded cineastes from all over the globe.

The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will take place at Studio Skoop, the leading arthouse cinema in Ghent, Belgium in May 2018.

Awards & Prizes

Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, ...). One film will be labeled as 'best of the fest'. Each winner will receive a film festival entry package that equals 500 US dollar worth of submission fees with partner festivals (Brussels Independent Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Boston Short Film Festival, Manhattan Independent Film Festival ...).

The competition is divided into the following categories:

Documentary Feature Films (documentaries up to 120 minutes)
Documentary Short Films (documentaries up to 40 minutes)
Environment Films (documentaries on climate change, nature, wild life, ...)
Society Films (documentaries on immigration, politics, movements, ...)
LGBT Films (documentaries on gender issues, sexual orientation, ...)
Health Films (documentaries on both mental and physical health)
Artist Films (documentaries on musicians, filmmakers, artists, ...)
Experimental Films (documentaries that uses an experimental approach)

The box office revenue will be donated to local funds that relate to the theme of the category. The name of the funds will be made public during the course of the submission period.

Rules & Terms

We accept short and feature films up to 120 minutes.

SUBMISSIONS
The Ghent Viewmpoint Documentary Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay, DVD, Digital and DCP

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Ghent Viewmpoint Documentary Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2018 Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.