4 - 12 Aug 2023

Prizren, Kosovo

DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film festival in Kosovo. Recognized as one of the top film and music event in SouthEast Europe, DokuFest is an EFA nominating festival for short films, as well as a BAFTA qualifying festival for shorts.


16 - 19 Aug 2023

Vinkovci, Croatia

DORF, or the Festival of Documentary Rock Film, is a festival dedicated to curating documentaries about music, in addition to its exhibitions, workshops and concerts.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

18 - 23 Aug 2023

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world's longest continually-running film festival. They hold a strong belief in transforming lives through the watching, making and understanding of film.

Open City Documentary Festival

6 - 12 Sep 2023

London, UK

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of non-fiction cinema. They deliver training programmes, an annual film festival, the bi-annual publication Non-Fiction and screening projects throughout the year that aim to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms.

Montreal International Documentary Festival

9 - 10 Sep 2023

Montreal, Quebec

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents Canadian and international documentaries. Its industry event, Forum RIDM, is Quebec’s only documentary forum.

Camden International Film Festival

14 - 17 Sep 2023

Camden, Maine, USA

Recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine, showcasing documentary features and short films from around the globe.

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

4 - 8 Oct 2023

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA

Nestled in the village of Chagrin Falls, Northeast Ohio, CDFF is a five day celebration of documentary art, dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories.

BFI London Film Festival

4 - 15 Oct 2023

London, UK

The 'Festival of Festivals'. Experience the world's best new films before they hit the cinema.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

6 - 14 Oct 2023

Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Amidst turn-of-the-century bathhouses and on the doorstep of a national park lies the unforgettable spa city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, host to North America’s oldest all-documentary film festival.

DOK Leipzig

8 - 15 Oct 2023

Leipzig, Germany

DOK Leipzig is an annual festival for documentaries and animations that celebrates film and promotes debate. The festival focuses on the values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression.


19 - 29 Oct 2023

Lisbon, Portugal

Doclisboa seeks to imagine reality through new cinematic forms of perception, reflection and action, placing filmmaking into dialogue with its history to question the present of cinema.

Jihlava IDFF

24 - 29 Oct 2023

Jihlava, Czech Republic

The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is a significant European festival of artistic and critically reflective documentary work.

AFI Fest

25 - 29 Oct 2023

Los Angeles, California, USA

AFI Docs Festival, now part of AFI Fest, showcases the best in documentary programming from the US and around the globe. AFI Docs is the nation’s premier documentary film festival.


8 - 26 Nov 2023

New York, USA

Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before. DOC NYC is at the centre of celebrating and supporting this cultural movement.


8 - 19 Nov 2023

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

IDFA believes in the power of documentaries. In creative documentaries that deepen, reveal and inspire. In documentaries that bring people closer together. And in documentaries that stand for change by inspiring people to act.

Kasseler Dok Fest

14 - 19 Nov 2023

Kassel, Germany

The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is a yearly six-day event and includes short and feature documentary films and artistic-experimental productions.

Sundance Film Festival

18 - 28 Jan 2024

Park City, Utah, USA

Indie film lovers everywhere will come together to be the first to discover and celebrate the bold, creative visions and exciting new talent.

International Film Festival Rotterdam

25 Jan – 4 Feb 2024

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

IFFR offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers.

Big Sky Documentary Festival

16 - 25 Feb 2024

Missoula, Montana, USA

Rooted in the heart of the mountain west, The Big Sky Film Institute nurtures and elevates non- fiction films that have the power to transform our world, our culture, our youth, and ourselves.


29 Feb - 3 Mar 2024

Columbia, Missouri, USA

True/False is a film festival focuses on cinema constructed from reality. Our goal is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of creative nonfiction.

Atlanta Docufest

1 - 3 Mar 2024

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Docufest brings you the best independent documentary films from across the globe. The festival spotlights powerful and meaningful life stories which educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.

Tempo Documentary Festival

4 - 10 Mar 2024

Stockholm, Sweden

Tempo Documentary Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Sweden. Tempo has since the start presented creative documentaries from all over the world, which would otherwise not reach the Swedish audience.

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

7 - 17 Mar 2024

Thessaloniki, Greece

The most dynamic documentary industry event in Southeast Europe Thessaloniki Documentary Festival promotes and supports the documentary medium from the stage of development.

SXSW Film Festival

8 - 16 Mar 2024

Austin, Texas, USA

Featuring provocative dramas, documentaries, comedies, genre standouts and more, the SXSW Film Festival has become known for the high caliber and diversity of films presented, and for its smart, enthusiastic audiences.


13 - 24 Mar 2024

Copenhagen, Denmark

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world.


20 - 28 Mar 2024

Leuven, Belgium

DOCVILLE, the largest documentary film festival in Belgium, has a strong focus on author driven documentary with special emphasis on the cinematic experience in general and cinematography in particular.

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)

21 - 25 Mar 2024

Palm Springs, California, USA

The American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) is a non-profit entity, creating a forum to celebrate and promote documentary film - and the independent filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues.

Movies That Matter

22 - 30 Mar 2024

The Hague, The Netherlands

Movies that Matter wants to open eyes for human rights. Our core tasks are the screening of human rights related films and the stimulation of screenings of human-rights films.

Cinéma du Réel

22 - 31 Mar 2023

Paris, France

Cinéma du réel is now mobilising to support the diversity of writing, forms and ideas and give them resonance.

Visions du Réel

12 – 21 Apr 2024

Nyon, Switzerland

Visions du Réel is one of the only Swiss film festivals to present a majority of its films as world or international premieres.

ZagrebDox Festival

14 - 21 Apr 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

ZagrebDox is an international documentary film festival taking place in Zagreb every year. The festival is intended to provide audiences and experts insight into recent documentary films, stimulate national documentary production and boost international and regional cooperation.

DOK.fest München

1 - 12 May 2024

Munich, Germany

We see documentary film as an art form that uses the means of cinematic aesthetics to negotiate relevant values and invites dialogue on a social, personal and artistic level. Documentary film is the art of the hour.

Docs Barcelona Festival

2 - 12 May 2024

Barcelona, Spain

DocsBarcelona is a global project based on the documentary. It includes a festival, professional market, distribution brand, exhibition network and courses for documentary filmmakers.

SF DocFest

30 May – 9 Jun 2024

San Francisco, USA

An offshoot of SF IndieFest, SF DocFest takes over the Roxie Cinema, supposedly the oldest art house theater west of the Mississippi

Sheffield Doc/Fest

12 - 17 Jun 2024

Sheffield, UK

Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement.

Sunny Side of the Doc

24 - 27 Jun 2024

La Rochelle, France

Each year, the 4-day event brings together broadcasters, decision makers, financing bodies, distributors, content creators and producers from around the world to sell or buy projects and programmes, and to find coproduction partners.

To be announced

Essay Film Festival

London, UK

The Essay Film Festival presents a global range of contemporary and restored essayistic works, each exploring the critical and creative zone of possibilities that lies between experimental and documentary modes of filmmaking.

Documenta Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Documenta Madrid is an international film festival organised by the Madrid City Council. Documenta is a continuously evolving festival and aspires to improve year after year as a showcase for the best in international documentary film, one which brings us closer to both the classics as well as the latest offerings in the genre.

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

Sicily, Italy

SiciliAmbiente is an international festival of documentaries, shorts, animations, and fiction films related to environmental, sustainability, and human rights issues.

Hot Docs Film Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market.

DOXA Festival

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

DOXA is an international documentary festival featuring new work selected by a jury, as well as thematic programming presented by independent curators.

FID Marseilles

Marseilles, France

An international film festival that retains a local and national identity. The FIDMarseille is known as a source of new cinema, both documentary productions as well as fiction films.

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

The Encounters Festival promises some of the globe’s most talked-about and award-winning documentaries, a diverse and riveting line-up.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne, Australia

With an affinity for independent, creative thinkers and mavericks, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to pushing the genre to its limits whilst remaining accessible, aiming to spark critical conversation and debate rather than to lecture.

Academia Film Olomouc

Olomouc, Czech Republic

An international science documentary film festival. Running since 1966, Academia Film Olomouc frequently hosts world leading scientific researchers.

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

Tel Aviv, Israel

Docaviv NPO acts at the heart of one of the most innovative, vital, and surprising creative arenas – that of documentary filmmaking. Our vision is to provide unique platforms throughout Israel for screening documentaries, exposing new audiences to the genre.

Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

Warsaw, Gdynia, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Katowice, Poznan, Poland

Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival is the largest film festival in Poland. It is the only film festival in Europe which takes place in seven different cities at the same time.

RAI Film Festival

Bristol, UK

The RAI Film Festival celebrates the best in ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological filmmaking from around the globe.

Document Human Rights Film Festival

Glasgow, Scotland

Document Festival is Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival, it provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, British and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education.

Full Frame Documentary Festival

Durham, North Carolina, USA

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema.

Frames of Representation

ICA, London, UK

The ICA’s annual film festival FRAMES of REPRESENTATION focusses on the role of spectatorship. The festival continues to be an international showcase for the cinema of the real, exploring in depth the aesthetic and political implications of filmmaking as both a collective practice and an art form.