American Documentary Film Festival & Film Fund (AmDocs) | Official Call for Entries!

Palm Springs, California – USA
April 6 to 12, 2018

In the Spotlight today is the 7th Annual American Documentary Film Festival & Film Fund (AmDocs), one of the US’s largest and most influential celebrations comprised exclusively of international documentary and animated filmmaking. Nestled in the desert resort community of Palm Springs, just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, AmDocs regularly draws an exciting array of industry insiders and eager cineastes ready to champion the best new Feature, Short and Animated Short Documentaries. Always pushing the festival boundaries, AmDocs is proud to announce that films submitted to the event may be selected to participate in a unique alliance where certain selected works will screen at partner festivals in Europe and Latin America.

In addition to showcasing a world-class program lineup, about 90% coming from filmmaker submissions, AmDocs also seeks the best work-in-progress documentary films through the American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Competition. AmDocs will distribute upwards of $50,000 USD in cash to works in progress docs. One such example of an AmDocs Film Fund recipient, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, went on to be short-listed for the Oscars. Filmmaker, Zachary Kerschberg exudes, “AmDocs is already the premiere doc festival on the West Coast! The strength in programming, attention to filmmakers, and outreach to the community make it a rare and wonderful event in the film world. To premiere our first feature doc, Beauty Factory, was a privilege. To make one lasting relationship at a festival makes it worth it; at AmDocs I made nearly a dozen, with a new collaboration already on the horizon. And AmDocs are now negotiating the worldwide VOD release of Beauty Factory.”

Last year AmDocs screened more than 150 feature-length and short-form documentaries, including 50+ premieres from across the World, North America and US. Filmmaker Panels also included Finding Your Story: Structure and Execution moderated by Mitchell Peck; In Production, from Location To Post; and Selling and Marketing Your Film: Alternative Marketing and Fund-Raising Strategies. Additionally, the festival each year highlights notable directors who have made a difference in filmmaking including 2017 honoree Jamie Redford for his contributions to understanding the environment. Past honorees include Oliver Stone, Harvey Weinstein, Joe Berlinger, Peter Coyote, and Peter Bogdanovich.

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October 14, 2017 – Regular Deadline
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The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) is the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to build awareness and entertain the film-goer.

Accepted filmmakers receive full complimentary home stay accommodations and full access to festival events and parties making their stay one they won’t forget. Well after the festival has concluded AmDocs continues to support festival alumni, and its commitment to excellence has earned it several years on MovieMaker Magazine’s list of the “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

AmDocs is seeking Feature, Short, Animated Shorts, and Works in Progress Documentaries. Submit your documentary or animated work today!

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