Festival Typical Date Location
AFI Docs*JuneWashington, DC, United States
Ambulante*MayVarious, Mexico
Berlinale*FebruaryBerlin, Germany
Cannes*MayCannes, France
CPH:DOX*MarchCopenhagen , Denmark
Doc Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media*FebruaryNew York, NY, United States
DOK Leipzig*October - NovemberLeipzig, Germany
Edinburgh International Film Festival*June - JulyEdinburgh, UK
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival*AprilDurham, NC, United States
Hot Docs*April - MayToronto, Ontario, Canada
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)*NovemberAmsterdam, Netherlands
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival*October Jihlava, Czech Republic
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival*June - JulyKarlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Locarno Film Festival*AugustLocarno, Switzerland
New Directors/New Films*MarchNew York, NY, United States
New York Film Festival (NYFF)*September - OctoberNew York, NY, United States
Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)*NovemberMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Sheffield Doc/Fest*JuneSheffield, UK
Sundance Film Festival*JanuaryPark City, UT, United States
SXSW Film Festival*MarchAustin, TX, United States
Thessaloniki International Film Festival*NovemberThessaloniki, Greece
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)*SeptemberToronto, Ontario, Canada
Tribeca Film Festival*AprilNew York, NY, United States
True/False*FebruaryColumbia, MO, United States
Venice International Film Festival*August - SeptemberVenice, Italy
Visions du Réel *AprilNyon, Switzerland
!f Istanbul International Independent Film FestivalFebruary - MarchIstanbul, Turkey
Adelaide Film FestivalOctoberAdelaide, Australia
Adventure Film FestivalVariousVarious, Various
Aesthetica Short Film FestivalNovemberYork, UK
AFI FestNovemberHollywood, CA, United States
American Documentary Film FestivalMarch - AprilPalm Springs, CA, United States
Antenna Documentary Film FestivalOctoberSydney, Australia
Antigonish International Film festival OctoberAntigonish, NS, Canada
Art of Brooklyn Film FestivalJuneBrooklyn, NY, United States
Ashland Independent Film FestivalAprilAshland, OR, United States
Asian American International Film Festival July - AugustNew York, NY, United States
Aspen FilmfestSeptemberAspen, CO, United States
Athena Film FestivalFebruaryNew York, NY, United States
Atlanta DocuFestSeptemberAtlanta, GA, United States
Atlanta Film FestivalMarch - AprilAtlanta, GA, United States
Atlantic Film FestivalSeptemberHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Austin Film FestivalOctober - NovemberAustin, TX, United States
Beloit International Film FestivalFebruary - MarchBeloit, WI, United States
BeldocsMayBelgrade, Serbia
BFI London Film FestivalOctoberLondon , UK
Big Muddy Film FestivalFebruaryCarbondale, IL, United States
Big River Film FestivalJulySavannah, GA, United States
Big Sky Documentary Film FestivalFebruaryMissoula, MT, United States
Boulder International Film FestivalMarchBoulder, CO, United States
Brooklyn Film FestivalJuneBrooklyn, NY, United States
Buffalo International Film FestivalOctoberBuffalo, NY, United States
Busan International Film FestivalOctoberBusan , South Korea
CAAMFestMarchSan Francisco, CA, United States
Camden International Film FestivalSeptemberCamden, ME, United States
Catalina Film FestivalSeptemberSanta Catalina Island, CA, United States
Chagrin Documentary Film FestOctoberChagrin Falls, OH, United States
Charleston International Film FestivalNovemberCharleston, SC, United States
Chesapeake Film FestivalOctoberEaston, MD, United States
Chicago International Film FestivalOctoberChicago, IL, United States
Chicago Underground Film FestivalJuneChicago, IL, United States
ChileDocMaySantiago, Chile
Cine Pobre Film FestivalJuneVarious, Various
Cinema at the Edge FestivalAprilSanta Monica, United States
Cinéma du RéelMarch Paris, France
Cinequest Film FestivalFebruary - MarchSan Jose, CA, United States
Cleveland International Film FestivalMarch - AprilCleveland, OH, United States
Collinsville Film FestivalMarch - AprilCollinsville, CT, United States
CRONOGRAF FestivalMayKishinev, Moldova
Cucalorus Film FestivalNovemberWilmington, NC, United States
Dallas International Film FestivalMarch - AprilDallas, TX, United States
DC Independent Film FestivalMarchWashington DC, United States
Denton Black Film FestivalJanuaryDenton, TX, United States
Denver Film FestivalNovemberDenver, CO, United States
DMZ International Documentary Film FestivalSeptemberGoyang, South Korea
DocavivMayTel Aviv, Israel
DOCLANDSMaySan Rafael, CA, United States
DOC NYCNovemberNew York, NY, United States
DoclisboaOctoberLisbon, Portugal
DocMiami International Film FestivalFebruary - May Miami, FL, United States
DocPointJanuaryHelsinki, Finland
Docs Against GravityMayWarsaw, Poland
DocsBarcelonaMayBarcelona , Spain
DocsMXOctoberMexico Cityu, Mexico
DocumentaMadridMayMadrid, Spain
Documentary Edge FestivalMayAuckland, New Zealand
DocUtahSeptemberSt. George, UT, United States
DOK.fest MünchenMayMunich, Germany
DOKU.ARTS OctoberBerlin, Germany
DokuFestAugustPrizren, Kosovo
Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film FestivalAprilDortmund/Cologne, Germany
Double Exposure: Investigative Film FestivalOctoberWashington, DC, United States
DOXA Documentary Film FestivalMayVancouver, BC, Canada
Dublin Doc FestFebruaryDublin, Ireland
Durban International Film FestivalJulyDurban, South Africa
É Tudo Verdade - Festival Internacional de DocumentáriosAprilSão Paulo, Brazil
Eastern Oregon Film FestivalOctoberLa Grande, OR, United States
EBS International Documentary Film FestivalAugustSeoul, South Korea
EkotopfilmOctober Bratislava, Slovakia
Encounters South African International Documentary FestivalJuneCape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
ETNOFILm FestivalAprilRovinj, Croatia
FEST - New Directors New Films FestivalJuneEspinho, Portugal
Festival Dei PopoliNovember - DecemberFlorence, Italy
Festival do Filme Documentário e EtnográficoNovemberBelo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
Festival Internacional de Cine Documental "Encuentros del Otro Cine" MayQuito , Ecuador
Festival International de Films de FemmesMarchParis, France
FIDMarseille - Marseille International Film Festival JulyMarseille, France
First Hermetic International Film FestivalMarchVenice, Italy
FlahertianaSeptemberPerm, Russia
FramelineJuneSan Francisco, CA, United States
Freedom Film FestSeptemberSelangor, Malaysia
FRONTDOCNovemberAosta, Italy
Frozen River Film FestivalFebruaryWinona, MN, United States
Fusion Film FestivalMarchNew York, NY, United States
GlobalDocs Film FestivalOctoberBoston, MA, United States
Göteborg Film FestivalJanuary - FebruaryGöteborg, Sweden
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film FestivalMayPaulinerkirche, Germany
Guangzhou International Documentary Film FestivalDecemberGuangzhou, China
Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival OctoberKells, County Meath, Ireland
Hamptons International Film FestivalOctoberEast Hampton, NY, United States
Harlem International Film FestivalMayNew York, NY, United States
Hollywood Film Festival OctoberLos Angeles, CA, United States
Homer Documentary Film Festival September Homer, AK, United States
Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalOctoberHot Springs, AR, United States
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalVariousVarious, Canada, UK, USA
Independent Film Festival BostonApril - MayBoston, MA, United States
International Uranium Film FestivalVariousVarious, Various
International Wildlife Film FestivalAprilMissoula, MT, United States
In The Palace International Short Film FestivalDecemberSofia, Bulgaria
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film FestivalSeptemberJackson, WY, United States
Kansas City FilmFestAprilKansas City, MO, United States
Krakow Film FestivalMay - JuneKrakow, Poland
LA Film FestivalJuneLos Angeles, CA, United States
Little Rock Film FestivalMayLittle Rock, AR, United States
London International Documentary FestivalMayLondon, UK
Margaret Mead Film FestivalOctoberNew York, NY, United States
Martha's Vineyard Film FestivalMarchChilmark, MA, United States
Maryland Film FestivalMayBaltimore, MD, United States
Maryland International Film FestivalMarch - AprilHagerstown, MD, United States
Maui Film FestivalJuneMaui, HI, United States
Mendocino Film FestivalJuneMendocino, CA, United States
Miami International Film FestivalMarchMiami, FL, United States
Milano Film FestivalSeptemberMilan, Italy
Mill Valley Film FestivalOctoberSan Rafael, CA, United States
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film FestivalApril Minneapolis, MN, United States
Montclair Film FestivalApril - MayMontclair, NJ, United States
Moscow International Film FestivalJuneMoscow, Russia
Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá (MIDBO)OctoberBogotá, Colombia
Mumbai Film FestivalOctoberMumbai, India
Nantucket Film FestivalJuneNantucket, MA, United States
Nashville Film FestivalAprilNashville, TN, United States
New Media Film FestivalJuneLos Angeles, CA, United States
New Orleans Film FestivalOctoberNew Orleans, LA, United States
New Urbanism Film FestivalOctoberLos Angeles, CA, United States
New York WILD Film FestivalFebruaryNew York, NY, United States
Newport Beach Film FestivalAprilNewport Beach, CA, United States
Nordisk PanoramaSeptemberMalmö, Sweden
Norwich Film FestivalNovemberNorwich, United Kindom
NYC Independent Film FestivalMayNew York, NY, United States
Omaha Film FestivalMarchOmaha, NE, United States
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival MarchPrague, Czech Republic
One World Romania: International Human Rights Documentary Film FestivalMarchBucharest, Romania
Open City Documentary Festival SeptemberLondon, UK
Other Israel Film FestivalNovemberNew York, NY, United States
Oxford Film FestivalFebruaryOxford, MS, United States
Palm Beach International Film FestivalMarch - AprilPalm Beach, FL, United States
Palm Springs International Film FestivalJanuaryPalm Springs, CA, United States
PLURAL+ International Youth Video FestivalDecemberNew York, NY, United States
Portland Film FestivalAugust - SeptemberPortland, OR, United States
Portland International Film Festival FebruaryPortland, OR, United States
Porto/Post/DocDecemberPorto, Portugal
Provincetown International Film FestivalJuneProvincetown, MA, United States
QDoc Film FestivalMayPortland, OR, United States
Queens World Film FestivalMarchNew York, NY, United States
Red Rock Film FestivalNovemberCedar City/St. George, UT, United States
Reel Indie Film FestNovemberToronto, Canada
Rhode Island International Film FestivalAugustProvidence, RI, United States
RiverRun International Film FestivalMarch - AprilWinston-Salem, NC, United States
Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest)AprilChampaign, IL, United States
Royal Anthropological Institute Film FestivalMarch - AprilBristol, UK
Salem Film FestMarchSalem, MA, United States
San Diego Film FestivalOctoberSan Diego, CA, United States
San Francisco Green Film Festival AprilSan Francisco, CA, United States
San Francisco International Film FestivalAprilSan Francisco, CA, United States
San Francisco Jewish Film FestivalJuly - AugustVarious, United States
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival MarchSan Luis Obispo, CA, United States
San Pedro International Film FestivalOctoberSan Pedro, CA, United States
Santiago Festival Internacional de CineAugustSantiago, Chile
Santa Fe Film FestivalDecemberSanta Fe, NM, United States
Sarasota Film FestivalMarch - AprilSarasota, FL, United States
Savannah Film FestivalOctober - NovemberSavannah, GA, United States
Seattle International Film FestivalMaySeattle, WA, United States
Sebastopol Documentary Film FestivalMarchSebastopol, CA, United States
SF DocFestJuneSan Francisco, CA, United States
SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film FestivalJulySicily, Italy
Sidewalk Film FestivalAugustBirmingham, AL, United States
Slamdance Film FestivalJanuaryPark City, UT, United States
Sleepwalkers International Short Film FestivalNovemberTallinn, Estonia
Soho International Film FestivalJuneNew York, NY, United States
South Dakota Film FestivalSeptemberAberdeen, SD, United States
St. Louis International Film FestivalNovemberSt. Louis, MO, United States
Tacoma Film FestivalOctoberTacoma, WA, United States
Taiwan International Documentary FestivalOctoberTaipei, Taiwan
Tallgrass Film FestivalOctoberWichita, KS, United States
Tasmanian Eco Film FestivalNovemberHobart, Australia
Telluride MountainfilmMayTelluride, CO, United States
Telluride Film FestivalSeptemberTelluride, CO, United States
Thin Line FestAprilDenton, TX, United States
Torino Film FestivalNovemberTurin, Italy
Toronto Reel Asian International Film FestivalNovemberToronto, Canada
Trail Dance Film FestivalJanuaryDuncan, OK, United States
Traverse City Film FestivalJulyTraverse City, MI, United States
Trento Film FestivalApril - MayTrento, Italy
Trinidad and Tobago Film FestivalSeptemberPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
TRT Documentary AwardsMayIstanbul, Turkey
United Nations Association Film FestivalOctoberStanford, CA, United States
ViBGYOR International Film FestivalAprilThrissur, India
Warsaw Film FestivalOctoberWarszawa , Poland
Wasatch Mountain Film FestivalJunePark City, UT, United States
Wildlife Conservation Film FestivalOctoberNew York, NY, United States
WILLiFestSeptemberNew York, NY, United States
Winter Film AwardsFebruary - MarchNew York, NY, United States
Wisconsin Film Festival March - AprilMadison, WI, United States
Women's Voices Now Digital Film FestivalMarchLos Angeles, CA, United States
Woodstock Film FestivalOctoberWoodstock, NY, United States
Worldfest Houston International Film Festival AprilHouston, TX, United States
Yamagata International Documentary Film FestivalOctoberYamagata, Japan
Zagrebdox International Documentary Film FestivalFebruaryZagreb, Croatia
Zinebi - Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short FilmNovemberBilbao, Spain

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