18th Annual

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

May 02, 2019 to May 12, 2019

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Vancouver BC V6B 2R5
Phone: 604.646.3200

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DOXA seeks to expand the definition of "documentary" and solicits and presents films of all lengths, genres and subjects in the realm of the documentary. More weight is given to projects which do not take a journalistic or commercial approach.


DOXA (pronounced dox'-ah) is a greek word meaning common belief or popular opinion.

Our Mission:

To support a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.

We’re Committed To:

- Cultivating curiosity and critical thought
- Promoting the intersection of actuality and artistic expression
- Fostering a local and international community interested in non-fiction media

Our Mandate:

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 18th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 2 thru 12, 2019. DOXA will present Vancouver’s inaugural Podcast Festival November 8 thru 10, 2018.

The Documentary Media Society is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.


The DOXA Documentary Film Festival is the only festival in Vancouver, Canada dedicated to the art of documentary. Each spring we draw filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences together in one of the world's most beautiful cities for outstanding films and conversation. DOXA is an 11 day festival!


DOXA Festival; Dorothy Woodend (Acting Festival Director ); Selina Crammond (Director of Programming)


Deadlines for submission to our 2019 festival are:

SUBMISSIONS OPEN - September 24, 2018

Fees (US Currency): $25 International Films / $15 Canadian Films
Deadline: October 20, 2018 (postmarked)

Fees (US Currency): $40 International Films / $30 Canadian Films
Deadline: December 11, 2018 (postmarked)

Fees (US Currency): $55 International Films / $45 Canadian Films
Deadline: January 12, 2019 (postmarked)

*All entrants will be notified by March 27, 2019

*Projects screened or broadcast in Vancouver prior to the festival are ineligible.

*Preview DVDs must be labeled with title, running time and contact information.

*Please preview your DVD submissions; defective materials will be discarded.

*Rough cuts are eligible ONLY IF final cuts will be available by February 16, 2019

*Preview DVDs will not be returned.

*Work produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

Please enclose a brief synopsis and screening history.

More weight is given to projects which do not take a conventional journalistic or commercial approach.

Entries from outside Canada must be clearly marked: “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL VALUE."

Please do not send your work via UPS (United Parcel Service); they have large brokerage fees and the package will be returned at the sender’s expense.


DOXA Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Documentary Media Society ("DOXA Documentary Film Festival"), its Board of Directors, Employees, and Agents, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.