FestivalTypical Date Location
AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs)*JuneWashington, DC, United States
Ambulante*MayVarious, Mexico
Berlinale Festival*FebruaryBerlin, Germany
Cannes*MayCannes, France
CPH:DOX - The Copenhagen International Documentary Festival*MarchCopenhagen , Denmark
Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film*FebruaryNew York, NY, United States
DOK Leipzig*NovemberLeipzig, Germany
Edinburgh International Film Festival*JuneEdinburgh, 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*JuneKarlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Locarno Film Festival*AugustLocarno, Switzerland
New Directors/New Films*MarchNew York, NY, United States
New York Film Festival*September - OctoberNew York, NY, United States
RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival*NovemberMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Sheffield Doc/Fest*JuneSheffield, UK
Sundance Film Festival*JanuaryPark City, UT, United States
SXSW - South by Southwest*MarchAustin, TX, United States
Thessaloniki International Film Festival*NovemberThessaloniki, Greece
Toronto International Film Festival *SeptemberToronto, Ontario, Canada
Tribeca Film Festival*AprilNew York, NY, United States
True/False Film Fest *FebruaryColumbia, MO, United States
Venice Film Festival *August - SeptemberVenice, Italy
Visions du Réel *AprilNyon, Switzerland
!f Istanbul (AFM International Independent Film Festival)February + MarchIstanbul, Turkey
Adelaide Film FestivalOctoberGlenside SA, Australia
Adventure Film FestivalVariousVarious, Various
Aesthetica Short Film FestivalNovemberYork, UK
AFI FestNovemberHollywood, CA, United States
ALBA Human Rights Documentary Film FestivalOctoberNew York City, NY, United States
Antenna Documentary Film FestivalOctoberSydney, Australia
Antigonish International Film festival OctoberAntigonish, NS, Canada
Ashland Independent Film FestivalAprilAshland, OR, United States
Asian American International Film Festival July - AugustNew York, NY, United States
Asian CineVisionJuly - AugustNew York, NY, United States
Aspen FilmFestSeptemberAspen, CO, United States
Athena Film FestivalFebruaryNew York, NY, United States
Atlanta Film FestivalAprilAtlanta, GA, United States
Atlantic Film FestivalSeptemberHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Austin Film FestivalOctoberAustin, TX, United States
BeldocsMayBelgrade, Serbia
BFI London Film FestivalOctoberLondon , UK
Big Bear Lake International Film FestivalSeptemberBig Bear Lake, CA, United States
Big MINI Media FestivalNovemberBrooklyn, NY, United States
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 Festival (BIFF)MarchBoulder, CO, United States
Brooklyn Film FestivalJuneBrooklyn, New York, United States
Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine IndependienteAprilBuenos Aires, Argentina
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 PobreJuneEl Centenario, La Paz, Mexico
Cinema at the Edge FestivalAprilSanta Monica, United States
Cinema Du Reel International Documentary Film FestivalMarch Paris, France
Cinema Verite Iran Documentary Film FestivalDecemberTehran, Iran
CinequestMarchSan Jose, CA, United States
Cleveland International Film FestivalMarch-AprilCleveland, OH, United States
Collinsville Film FestivalAprilCollinsville, CT, United States
CRONOGRAF FestivalMayKishinev, Moldova
Cucalorus Film FestivalNovemberWilmington, NC, United States
Dallas International Film FestivalAprilDallas, TX, United States
DC Independent Film FestivalMarchWashington DC, United States
Denton Black Film FestivalJanuaryDenton, TX, United States
Denver Film FestivalNovemberDenver, CO, United States
Development Film FestJanuaryTamil Nadu, India
DMZ Korean International Documentary Film FestivalSeptemberGoyang, South Korea
Doc AvivMayTel Aviv, Israel
DOC NYCNovemberNew York, NY, United States
doclisboaOctoberLisbon, Portugal
DocMiamiFebruary - May Miami, FL, United States
DocPointJanuaryHelsinki, Finland
Docs Against GravityMayWarsaw, Poland
DocsBarcelonaMayBarcelona , Spain
DocsDFOctoberCuauhtémoc, Mexico
DocuFest AtlantaSeptemberAtlanta, GA, United States
Documenta MadridApril - MayMadrid, Spain
Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary DaysJuneIstanbul, Turkey
Documentary Edge Film FestivalMayAuckland, New Zealand
DocUtahSeptemberSt. George/Kanab, Utah , United States
DOK.festMayMünchen, Germany
Doku Arts Berlin OctoberBerlin, Germany
DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film FestivalAugustPrizren, Kosovo
Dortmund/Cologne International Women's Film FestivalAprilDortmund/Cologne, Germany
Double Exposure: Investigative Film FestivalOctoberWashington, DC, United States
DOX BOX (back as of 2014 as NGO)NGOBerlin, Germany
DOXA Documentary Film FestivalMayVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dublin Doc FestFebruaryDublin, Ireland
Durban International Film FestivalJulyDurban, South Africa
Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film FestivalAprilChampaign, IL, United States
EBS International Documentary Film Festival (EIDF)AugustSeoul, South Korea
EkotopfilmOctober Bratislava, Slovakia
Encounters South African International Documentary FestivalJuneCape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Etnofilm CroatiaAprilRovinj, Croatia
FEST International Film 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 (EDOC)MayQuito , Ecuador
FIDMarseille: Marseille's International Film FestivalJulyMarseille, France
Films Des Femmes Film FestivalMarchCr&ecaute;teil, France
FlahertianaSeptemberPerm, Russia
FramelineJuneSan Francisco, CA, United States
Freedom Film FestSeptemberSelangor, Malaysia
Frozen River Film FestivalMarchWinona, MN, United States
Fusion Film FestivalMarchNew York, NY, United States
GlobalDocs Film FestivalOctoberBoston, MA, United States
Göteborg Film Festival (Gothenburg Film Festival)January - FebruaryGöteborg, Sweden
Göttingen International Ethnographic Film FestivalMayPaulinerkirche, Germany
Guangzhou International Documentary Film FestivalDecemberGuangzhou, China
Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival OctoberCounty Meath, Ireland
Hamptons International Film FestivalOctoberEast Hampton, NY, United States
Harlem International Film FestivalSeptemberNew York, NY, United States
Homer Documentary Film Festival September - OctoberHomer, AK, United States
Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalOctoberHot Springs, AR, United States
Human Rights Watch Film FestivalJuneVarious, Canada, Switzerland, UK, USA
In the Palace International Short Film FestJuneSofia, Bulgaria
Independent Film Festival BostonApril - MayBoston, MA, United States
International Uranium Film FestivalVariousVarious, Various
It's All True – International Documentary Film FestivalAprilSão Paulo, Brazil
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 Film 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 FestivalAprilHagerstown, 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
Montana CINE International Film FestivalAprilMissoula, MT, United States
Montclair Film FestivalApril - MayMontclair, NJ, United States
Moscow International Film FestivalJuneMoscow, Russia
Mountainfilm in TellurideMayTelluride, CO, United States
Mumbai Film FestivalOctoberMumbai, India
Nantucket Film FestivalMayNantucket, MA, United States
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)AprilNashville, TN, United States
Nevada International Film FestivalDecemberLas Vegas, Nevada, 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 Festival January New York, NY, United States
Newport Beach Film FestivalAprilNewport Beach, CA, United States
Nordisk PanoramaSeptemberCopenhagen, Denmark
Northside Film Festival JuneNew York, NY, United States
NYC Independent Film FestivalApril - MayNew York, NY, United States
Omaha Film FestivalMarchOmaha, NE, United States
One World Human Rights Film FestivalMarchPrague, Czech Republic
One World Romania: Human Rights Film FestivalMarchBucharest, Romania
Open City Docs FestJuneLondon, UK
Other Israel Film FestivalNovemberNew York, NY, United States
Ottawa International Film FestivalOctoberOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Oxford Film FestivalFebruaryOxford, MS, United States
Palm Beach International Film FestivalAprilPalm 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 , Portugal
Pravo Ljudski Film FestivalNovemberSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Provincetown Independent Film FestivalJuneProvincetown, MA, United States
Q Doc - Portland Queer Documentary 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, Ontario, Canada
Rhode Island International Film FestivalAugustProvidence, RI, United States
RiverRun International Film FestivalAprilWinston-Salem, NC, United States
Royal Anthropological Institute Film FestivalMarch - AprilBristol, UK
Salem Film FestMarchSalem, MA, United States
San Diego Film FestivalSeptember - OctoberDel Mar, CA, United States
San Francisco Documentary FestivalJuneSan Francisco, CA, United States
San Francisco Green Film Festival MaySan Francisco, CA, United States
San Francisco International Film FestivalApril-MaySan Francisco, CA, United States
San Francisco Jewish Film FestJuly - AugustVarious, United States
San Luis Obispo Film FestivalMarchSan Luis Obispo, CA, United States
San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest)OctoberSan Pedro, CA, United States
SANFIC (Santiago Festival Internacional De Cine)AugustSantiago, Chile
Santa Fe Film FestivalDecemberSanta Fe, NM, United States
Sarasota Film FestivalAprilSarasota, FL, United States
Savannah Film FestivalOctoberSavannah, GA, United States
Seattle International Film FestivalMaySeattle, WA, United States
Sebastopol Documentary Film FestivalMarchSebastopol, CA, United States
Sedona International Film FestivalFebruarySedona, AZ, United States
Sidewalk Film FestivalAugustBirmingham, AL, United States
Slamdance Film FestivalJanuaryPark City, UT, United States
Sleepwalkers Film FestivalNovemberTallinn, Estonia
SOHO International Film FestivalMayNew York, NY, United States
South Dakota Film FestivalSeptember - OctoberAberdeen, SD, United States
St. Louis International Film FestivalNovemberSt. Louis, MO, United States
Tacoma Film FestivalOctoberTacoma, WA, United States
Taiwan International Documentary FestivalOctoberTaipei, Taiwan
Tall Grass Film FestivalOctoberWichita, KS, United States
Tassie Eco Film FestNovemberHobart, Australia
Telluride Film FestivalSeptemberTelluride, CO, United States
Toronto Reel Asian International Film FestivalNovemberToronto, Ontario, 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
UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)OctoberStanford, CA, United States
Vibgyor International Festival for Short & Documentary FilmsAprilThrissur, India
Warsaw Film FestivalOctoberWarszawa , Poland
Wasatch Mountain Film FestivalAprilSalt Lake City, UT, United States
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival OctoberNew York, NY, United States
WILLiFestSeptemberNew York, NY, United States
Winter Film Awards Independent Film FestivalFebruaryNew York, NY, United States
Wisconsin Film Festival AprilMadison, WI, United States
Woodstock Film FestivalOctoberWoodstock, NY, United States
WorldFest - Houston International Film FestivalAprilHouston, TX, United States
Yamagata International Documentary Film FestivalOctoberYamagata, Japan
Zagrebdox International Documentary Film FestivalFebruaryZagreb, Croatia
Zinebi - International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of BilbaoNovemberBilbao, Spain
ZWICKLSeptemberSchwandorf, Germany

* = Top Tier

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