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We welcome submissions for our 27th edition in June 2020. 

Doc/Fest is a creative space for discovery, collaboration and inspiration. We champion and push forward talent, ideas and interaction for the future of film and the arts. We are an open, inclusive festival, bringing together veteran creatives, new voices and our city to shape and question the world we live in, creating a sense of community and the potential for change.

Our 27th edition will take place 4-9 June 2020 and the full programme will be announced on 6 May 2020. 


Our Film programme offers filmmakers a place for inspiration, debate, growth and challenge, being also a relevant international platform to launch films and art works. It brings to audiences a multitude of forms, ideas, ways of doing and thinking, through World, International, European and UK premieres. 

The festival screens over 180+ films of all lengths – with the 2019 programme having encompassed works from 50+ countries around the world, 54% of which were co/directed by women.

We look to question the boundaries of documentary through a carefully curated programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate. We invite audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of our world and to join the makers in inspiring moments.

Alternate Realities

Our Alternate Realities programme is a space for experimentations on expanded cinema, digital art and other media, bringing a carefully curated group of art works, in varied forms and languages, playing with non-fiction boundaries and expanding them. Here, we explore inspiring forms of interactive storytelling through experimenting with technology, renewing the conversations, allowing different modes of interaction, creating other ways of perceiving and thinking life.

What are we looking for?

In considering the submissions we receive to the festival, we ask ourselves: Does the filmmaker/creator and the work show authenticity in voice, in questioning, in sharing the images they produce and the stories they represent? Is there something new about this work? Does it offer a perspective of a known subject that we haven’t seen before? Does it offer an aesthetic approach to reality we have not engaged with? Is the socio-political narrative of the work relevant to the now?

We see this as one of the primary roles of a festival with an open submissions format: to be ravenous in the search for works that are not already on our radar, to ensure we are a festival of equal opportunity, a truly international and pluralistic festival. If there is a strong film in our submissions we will find it and discuss it.

How to enter?

Submissions for our Film and Alternate Realities programmes can be made through our portal on Eventival HERE.

For Film submissions please make sure to choose the appropriate form depending on the length of your film. 


Deadlines and Submission Fees: 

Early Submissions Deadline: 6 December 2019, 23:59 GMT

Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £30 + VAT

Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £20 + VAT

Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £10 +VAT

Alternate Realties Projects - £20 + VAT


Standard Submissions Deadline: 14 February 2020, 23:59 GMT 

Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £35 + VAT

Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £25 + VAT

Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £15 + VAT

Alternate Realities Projects - £25 + VAT


Late Submissions Deadline: 2 March 2020, 12:00 GMT

Mid-Length and Feature Films (over 40 minutes) - £45 + VAT

Short Films (between 7 and 40 minutes) - £35 + VAT

Short Short Films (under 7 minutes) - £25 + VAT

Alternate Realities Projects - £35 + VAT

Our submission guidelines below will give you further information about our eligibility criteria, selection process and notification dates, and we recommend you read this before completing your submission process.  

Film Submission Guidelines 2020

Alternate Realities Submission Guidelines 2020

 For any further information contact Mita Suri, Film Programme Coordinator at or ring +44 (0) 114 276 5141. 


Good luck and we look forward to receiving your submissions!