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16-Apr-2014 9:16am PDT  


DOCUTAH - Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival

4 Annual September 02, 2014 to September 06, 2014

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Dixie State University
225 S 700 E
St. George UT 84770
Phone: 435.879.4273

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Mini Documentary
Short Documentary
Features Documentary
High School Student Documentary
College/University Student Documentary

The mission of DOCUTAH is to inspire a global connection through documentary films and intellectual discussion. In doing so it will enhance the educational opportunities for students and citizens of the Southern Utah community and beyond.

PROJECT BACKGROUND - Dixie State University began an amazing opportunity for documentary filmmakers in 2010. DOCUTAH – The Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival is now an annual event that attracts professional, amateur, and student filmmakers to St. George, Utah each September. With spectacular indoor and outdoor screenings and festivities DOCUTAH is fast becoming a must-attend festival.

AUDIENCE - The 2013 film festival attracted more than 350 submissions coming from 39 countries and contributed to 50 professional and 12 student films screening over the five day event. More than 11,000 attendees enjoyed festival activities. We were honored to host 66 filmmakers and VIP guests. As DOCUTAH’s worldwide reputation grows, so will our audience.

FILMS & AWARDS - The goal of DOCUTAH is to create a film festival of international scope. Entries represent a diverse collection of subject matter and countries. Raven Awards are given in each of the following categories: Best Student Film, Audience Favorite, Helen Whitney Vanguard Award, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Directing, and Best Picture.

JUDGING - The judging of films is done by a professional panel reflecting the international flavor of the festival.

SEMINARS - DOCUTAH features panel discussions and master class seminars with internationally renowned guest lecturers who are industry professionals providing an academically based/ hands-on approach to filmmaking.

STUDENTS - We are passionate about supporting student filmmakers as the next generation of industry professionals and are offering special categories for high school and college/university submissions.

Five categories:
• Minis — 5 min. or less
• Shorts — 40 min. or less
• Features — Over 40 min.
• High School Student
• College/University Student

Submission deadlines:
• Early: January 10, 2014
• Regular: February 10, 2014
• Final: April 10, 2014
• Late: May 10, 2014
• Closed: May 15, 2014

Entry fees are as follows:
• Any student film any length — $10
• Early Submission —$25
• Regular Submission —$30
• Final Submission —$35
• Late Submission —$50

Fee Waiver:
DOCUTAH is connected to a non-profit educational institution. Revenue from submissions plays a fundamental role in running the festival. For this reason we are unable to offer fee waivers. We understand that it is challenging enough to raise money to make a film let alone pay festival submission fees, but these fees are necessary to keep the festival running. Thank you for your contribution.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Christina Schultz ; Lani Puriri (Director of Operations) ; Phil Tuckett (Artistic Director)

General Entrants
Documentary productions on any subject.

High School Student entries
Documentaries made by a student or group of students in full time education at a High School.

College/University Student entries
Documentaries made by a student or group of students in full or part time education at a University or College.


1. The festival is open to all motion picture makers throughout the world.
2. The language of the festival is English and dialogue or narration must be in English, dubbed in English or with English sub-titles provided by the producer.
3. Entries must have been completed within the past two years.
4. Preliminary entries must be submitted on NTSC Standard DVD. Entrants will be advised of the projection format if their entry is accepted into the festival.
5. Entries may be entered into one of the five documentary categories listed above.
6. If a documentary is part of a series then only one episode should be entered in the appropriate class.
7. The producer must secure all copyright clearances where applicable and hold DOCUTAH harmless against any infringement by the producer.
8. Only one entry per disk. Please duplicate the entry form if needed.
9. Please provide a short synopsis of the film, details of the producer and crew and photographs. Photographs should be submitted as jpeg files and text as word files.
10. The judge’s decisions are final and binding on the entrants and the organizers.

Additional Opportunity

DOCUTAH is creating it’s own internet based channel for on demand viewing of documentary films, the revenues from which will be shared with the filmmaker. If you have interest in receiving more information please send us an email from the contact page of our website at


1. Payment of entry fees may be in US dollars, checks, money orders or drafts payable to DOCUTAH or by credit card on the DOCUTAH website or Without a Box. 2. Receipt of entries will be acknowledged through the WAB process. 3. Whilst great care will be given to all entries neither the Festival nor its sponsors or organizers can be responsible for damage or loss. 4. DOCUTAH is granted permission to make copies of short clips for promotional purposes. 5. A list of the winning entries and their makers will be published on the DOCUTAH website and in appropriate journals. 6. Entries will not be returned. They will be held in the Dixie State College library for educational purposes and reference only. 7. Foreign entries should be sent by Air Parcel Post or Air Small Package. Please check your local postal regulations for shipping and the return of your production and let us know if any special regulations apply. 8. Mailing, please allow at least one week for US entries, three weeks for Canadian entries and a month for air mail International entries. 9. Enclose a film synopsis of 35 words or less, film trailer, director’s bio, and list of previous screenings and awards. 10. It is suggested that your submission includes press materials, film and filmmaker stills. (Any digital images should be tiff, gif or jpeg format. 300 dpi. No image larger than 1 MB.)