10th Annual

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

September 13, 2018 to September 20, 2018


International Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
May 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately July 31, 2018

A runtime of any length is permitted

Projects completed after January 1, 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

REGION 0    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings
> Anecdotal Accounts

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

White Goose Award
The prize for the best film in International Competition section
Cash Award Value: 15,000,000 Korean Won

Special Jury Award
The prize for the Special Jury Award in International Competition section
Cash Award Value: 7,000,000 Korean Won

Audience Choice Award
Nominated films in both International and Asian, Korean competitions are eligible for the Audience Award with a cash award of KRW 3,000,000 to be determined by audience voting
Cash Award Value: 3,000,000 Korean Won
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

DMZ Docs Rules and Regulations
1. Organization
The 10th edition of DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (hereafter: DMZ Docs) is presented by the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee and hosted by the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Executive Committee.
2. Purposes
DMZ Docs aims to spread the new and bold voices of emerging and powerful documentary filmmakers which DMZ which means of place of peace and life with documentaries promoting the value of communication and public interest.
3. Period and Venue
DMZ Docs 2017 will take place from 21st to 28th of September, 2017 in Goyang City and Paju City, Gyeonggi Province , Korea.
4. Programme and Awards
DMZ Docs presents competitions (International•Asian•Korean and Youth Films) as well as curated non-competition programmes.

International Competition
-Open to Feature and short documentary films from around the world
-Eligible for the White Goose Award with a cash prize of KRW 15,000,000 and the Special Jury Award with a cash prize of KRW 7,000,000.

Asian Competition
-Open to Feature and short documentary films made by Asian filmmakers or produced by Asian
-Eligible for the Asian Perspective Award with a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000.

Korean Competition
-Open to Feature and short documentary films made by Korean filmmakers or produced by Korea
-Eligible for the Best Korean Documentary Award with a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 and Special Jury Award with a cash prize of KRW 5,000,000.

Youth Competition
-Open to documentaries no longer than 40 minutes made by Korean youth(Age group of middle/high school)
-Eligible for the Best Youth Documentary Award with a cash prize of KRW 1,000,000 and Excellence Youth Documentary Award with a cash prize of KRW 500,000.

* Nominated films of the International•Asian•Korean competition are eligible for the Audience Award with a cash prize of KRW 3,000,000.

-Global Vision, Korean Docs Showcase, DMZ Vision, Docs Family, Docs Choice, Special Focus, etc

* Nominated Korean films in competition and non-competitive section are eligible for the Brave New Docs Award and Beautiful New Docs Award with a cash prize of KRW 3,000,000.

5. Entry Requirements

Entry Fee:
-No entry fee is charged.
Deadline for entry(Postmarked):
International Competition•Asian Competition: May 10, 2017
Korean Competition•Youth Competition: June 15, 2017

Documentaries completed after January 1, 2016, meeting the requirements for each section
Entrants can submit only 1 film.
In case if Korean documentary, it can be submitted International, Asian and Korean Competition by the choice of entrant. But, in this case entrant must choice 1 section which submit. Entrants can not submit to multiple sections.

DMZ Docs accepts the following screening formats: MOV ProRes 4:2:2 HQ, DCP, Mpeg4, Blu-ray, HDCAM(HDV), Digibeta(NTSC), Beta(NTSC).
* DMZ Docs can’t afford to have 16mm, 35mm due to our festival theater surroundings.

All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
How to Submit:
-For International and Asian competition, please submit via www.withoutabox.com
-For Korean and youth competition, submission via E-mail is available.
-For preview screeners, an online preview link is recommended for the better image quality, but 2 copy of DVD is possible to be sent to the festival office.(Please see below 7 for festival’s address.)
-Please note that submission will be considered complete only when both entry form and preview link, or DVD to be delivered to the festival office.
-DMZ Docs will not return submitted materials to the entrants, other than the screening print or tape.

6. Selection Procedure, Required Items

Preliminary Selection
-Preliminary selection will be done by Korean professional preliminary jury members. Selected films for the competition will be informed by July 2017 individually. The 9th DMZ Docs will announce its program list through the press conference and official web page in the mid of August.

Required Items
-The following items must be sent to the festival once you receive the official invitation from the Programme Department.

1) Completed entry form
2) Subtitles and Dialogue transcription of the film in both the original language(s) and English to facilitate translating and electronic subtitling in the Korean language. The transcription must be identical to the screening copy.
3) Preview DVD or Downloadable format of the film for transcription purpose
4) At least 3 high-resolution digital film stills. Minimum requirements: 300dpi, 2000 pixels wide, 600kb.
5) A digital photo of the director(s)
6) A trailer and movie clips and other promotional materials: press kit, poster, etc. Optional.

Final Selection
-Festival has the right in its sole discretion to schedule any number of screenings.
-The selected films should not withdraw submission for DMZ Docs after the public announcement.
- The films which are submitted in competition sections, can be shown in non-competition section under the agreement of entrants.
-Jury members will be appointed by the festival committee. Jury members from the various countries will deliberate to select the winners for each section while audience voting will determine the winner of the Audience Award during the festival.
-Brave New Docs Award and Beautiful New Docs will be decided by Korean jury members appointed by the festival committee.
-Youth competition jury members will be comprised by Korean youth under the festival’s open call.
-If two films are chosen for the same award, each one will receive half of cash prize.

7. Transportation of Screening Copy (Prints/Tapes)
-The festival must receive the screening copy of the film NO LATER THAN August 11, 2017.
-When the film ship from abroad, a pro forma invoice must be attached to the print or video, stating the name of the sender, the title and format, frame rate, running time and color information. After the shipment, the entrant should notice the date, courier to festival office.
-The festival covers round-trip shipping costs in cases where the shipment has been made through the official courier service designated by the festival and the return is to the origin of the print. The only exception is for shipments to/from other festivals, for which the standard practice of cost sharing with the festivals will be applied.
-Please note that customs delays of up to two weeks may occur.
-All screening copies will be returned to the address stated in the entry form within a month of the closing day of the festival.

-Festival Address:
DMZ Docs Programme Department
906, 202 dong, Chunui Techno Park 2
Chunui-dong, Wonmi-gu Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
14557 South Korea
Email program@dmzdocs.com / Tel 82-32-623-8062

8. Insurance
- Official courier service designated by the festival get liability insurance for the transportation of screening copy.
-All screening copies will be insured by the festival for the replacement costs of a screening print or tape of the same type and quality from the moment they are received by the festival until they are handed over to the first forwarding agent for the return shipment.

9. Use of submitted materials for publicity
-DMZ Docs can use 10% of the film for the publicity. If the selected part is more than 3 minutes it should get approval from the copyright holder in advance.
- DMZ Docs can use the trailer and all publicity materials for publishing catalogue and other promotional purposes.
-The industry professionals and ID card holders can access the video library to view the film during the festival

10. DMZ Docs archive
- DMZ Docs archive can keep the preview DVDs and copies in for non-circulating/non-profit use and educational purposes after the festival. The DVDs and copies will be disposed of after festival if the copyright holder wants it to.
- DMZ Docs can make a digital copy•DCP of the film with Korean subtitles for the festival screening. It will not cause any loss of image quality and the copy will be strictly maintained in the festival office.
- DMZ Docs festival committee will be responsible for damages of spilled film cause by festival office’s carelessness.
-The films can be chosen for encore screenings or for DMZ Docs Archive screening on the non-profit educational purposes after the festival. In the case of special screening, an agreement should be obtained by the copyright holder in advance.
-The donation of any materials relate to selected film is welcomed. Donated materials will be reserved permanently in DMZ Docs archive and can be used for non-profit educational and academic purposes.

11. Agreement
- As a copyright holder or an official delegate submits signed entry form, DMZ Docs consider that they fully understand and agree the festival’s rules and regulation.