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List of international documentary festivals

I have compiled a list of international documentary film festivals from a variety of sources (EDN, BFI…), and thought you might find it useful. You can download it here:


If you want to submit a festival, please leave me a message. Thanks.


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17 Responses to “List of international documentary festivals”

  1. Vijay S. Jodha says:

    Thanks Alejandra. This is very thoughtful of you.

  2. Thank you very much for sharing, Alejandra, this is great!

  3. This is great Alejandra! Lots of work put into thsi. THANK YOU for sharing – very useful!

  4. Alejandra says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I am thinking about adding a Google Calendar with deadlines/festivals/pitching sessions, etc., but this will take more time. By the way, I’ve received today the Film Festivals Directory E-Bulletin from (a monthly bulletin with festivals’ deadlines -feature, short, doc-). If you would like to subscribe/browse for specific festivals, go to

  5. Nandor says:

    Cheers for this, Alejandra. Looks very useful and comprehensive.

  6. Anna Colom says:

    This is very nice of you Alejandra, muchas gracias!


  7. Alejandra says:

    Hola Anna,

    Gracias por tu comentario. Veo por tu web que te dedicas al cine, pero no puedo acceder a los títulos que has producido, mission statement ni contacto. ¿Me podrás avisar cuando tu página esté activa, por favor, o informarme un poco de lo que haces? Si no te importa, claro! Gracias!

    Un saludo cinéfilo!

  8. Estephan says:

    Hola Alejandra,
    me parece re-lindo que pongas esta lista online. Se complementa muy bien con britfilms y
    Ojala que encuentres buenas oportunidades en Inglaterra.
    Un abrazo

  9. Alejandra says:

    Gracias, Estephan. Veo por tu página web que tienes una interesante trayectoria en cine documental. Suerte con tus nuevos proyectos, prometen!! Si necesitas a gente, no dudes en contactarme!

    Un saludo cinéfilo!

  10. Nararyanswamy says:

    A Great work by Alejandra. It will be very useful to the documentary filmmakers.
    I really appreciate the hardwork put in. Best Wishes.


  11. Alejandra says:

    I really hope it is useful! Hard as it is to get documentaries funded, at least have the opportunity to get them seen by people and aim for some recognition! Best wishes to you too!

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  13. cayoup says:

    How fabulous! Thank you so much for all the work and for sharing!

  14. Alejandra says:


    Anshu Srivastava suggests another festival. I paste the info here, and will add it to the list:

    Call for ROSCAR Entries
    THE CALL FOR ROSCAR ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN for all wildlife productions. Building on the success of the 2009 ROSCAR Awards, four new exciting categories have been added.
    The announcement of the winners will take place at the ROSCAR Awards ceremony during the Festival on 30 March. This event is a Festival highlight and pays tribute to filmmakers for their outstanding contribution to advancing an understanding of our natural world, and will take place at the enchanting Moyo restaurant at Spier, which promises sophisticated African cuisine and entertainment.
    Download the entry form on
    For further information on the ROSCAR Awards email
    Cape Town – is the new destination for the Wild Talk Africa Festival. The Festival will run from 28 – 31 March 2011, at Spier, a wine estate set in the heart of Stellenbosch, Western Cape South Africa. Spier provides the ideal conferencing location for the Festival amidst the extensive landscaped grounds, and is only 20 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport. Delegates also have access to wildlife encounters, horse riding, craft exhibitions, an open-air theatre, a wine centre, swimming pools, a spa, and a nearby golf course.

  15. Deepika says:

    thanks a lot! very interesting compliation!

  16. aleksandra says:

    hey Ale!!
    thanks for your enormous effort. very good and hard work, i appreciate that you want to share it with others.
    talk to you soon,
    aleksandra (masterclass)

  17. Alejandra says:

    Hey Aleks, good to hear from you! Let’s talk one day on Skype ;-)

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