American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund

AmDocs // American Documentary Film Festival

7th edition

Apr 06 - Apr 03, 2018
Palm Springs, United States

Open Call Apr 10, 2017 - Jan 11, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) is one of the largest docs only film festivals in the United States. Our mission is to reach as many people as possible within and outside of our community with provocative films that excite and educate. We also have a unique Film Fund Pitch Competition where filmmakers compete for finishing funds to complete their works in progress. full text less text

Festival website http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Animated Work Documentary Feature Documentary Short Film Fund
Class Founded: 2012
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Apr 10, 2017

Early bird deadline: Jun 17, 2017
Regular deadline: Oct 14, 2017
Late deadline: Jan 11, 2018

Notification date: Feb 01, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 22.88 to 59.48 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 5.53 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Up to $50,000 for the Film Fund competition
Festival sections
Animated Work
Is typically a short animated piece of 20 minutes or less. In some circumstances we will screen longer works.
Feature Documentary
A feature doc is 41 minutes or longer.
Film Fund Pitch Competition
American residents compete for finishing funds of up to $50,000.
Short Documentary
A short doc is 40 minutes or less.
General rules The festival is open to all categories within the documentary film genre. The film should not be more than 3 years old, though in certain circumstances, a retrospective may be screened and/or a "hidden gem" never seen before by public.

Festival shall screen films digitally and, therefore, you must submit film as a media file in order to be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file for screening purposes if you do not already have a DCP file for exhibition. Filmmaker is RESPONSIBLE for the Digital Cinema Projection file. Festival shall do all it can to negotiate discounted rates for filmmaker if they do not have their own DCP file. Filmmaker shall also be required to provide a rendered disc of their film as a blu-ray back-up.

If you are sending a "work-in-progress" please note how long you are from completion and approximately when you are sending completed version. (Please note on completed copy your original reference number provided by FFL.)

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend festival if their film is invited. They shall receive an "all festival" pass, including films and events. Moreover, housing shall be provided either in resident homes or hotels near theaters.

Any payment by check must be made out to:

Palm Springs Cultural Center

Please make certain that when submitting you note your tracking number on all relevant materials, i.e., shipping envelope and disc(s). Also, each disc must have the contact information of the submitter. The festival is not responsible for returning submitted materials. We do not dispose of submitted material, it will remain in our festival archives unless instructed otherwise.

Film submissions must not have played at any other festivals within a 70 mile radius of Palm Springs, California.

FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS:
Filmmakers should provide for their works-in-progress for aid in completion funding or works to be begun :
1. Outline of the story/film; 2. Three (3) minute excerpt or promo of said film, even if not started, we require this promo; 3. A budget of said film, what has been paid, what is required for the completion funds, i.e., $2,500 for coloring; 4. A previous completed work of submitting filmmaker where applicable;
5. If invited, filmmakers must attend the Film Fund's pitch competition and take part in said pitch to jury as well as potentially, the live audience in attendance at film festival.


American Documentary Film Fund 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 American Documentary Film Festival 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.

American 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 American Documentary Film Festival 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. FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS: American Documentary Film Fund 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 American Documentary Film Festival 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.