"AmDocs is one of the world's top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee."

      -- MovieMaker Magazine, April 2016

"Dear Teddy and Debbi,

I had an outstanding time! The films and their program groupings were amazing!  All the best,

   - Michelle Carpenter

PS I just love Palm Springs! 


"AmDocs is already the premiere doc festival on the West Coast!  The strength in programming, attention to filmmakers, and outreach to the community make it a rare and wonderful event in the film world."

   - Zachery Kerschberg (2 time AmDocs filmmaker)


"(The) movie selection was great...it was an unforgettable experience"

   - Mikolej Molenda


"I screened with you guys in 2014 with 57º North and have to say out of all the festivals I screened at yours was by far the best experience.  So that’s why I am writing, to submit my new film into the 2017 Am Doc festival."

    -Nicholas Jones (2014 film 57 Degrees North, 3 time AmDocs fillmmaker)

Without exception, a wonderfully helpful, positive and responsive group. We really enjoyed being at AmDocs and honored to be among so many other great filmmakers and their inspiring products. The event felt organized and manageable and the audiences were certainly appreciative. Thank you for including our film.

    -Michael Martin (Robert Shaw- Man Of Many Voices)

Thank you for a wonderful festival experience in AmDocs 2017! 

It was a warm, welcoming and very well organized event. 

You have a great venue, great staff, and a great audience! 


Also the events were lovely, like the tour around Palm Springs, or cocktails at the Edris house... And thanks for inviting us to a house party...I hope your neighbors didn't mind the karaoke... :)


Also, the hospitality of our home-stay hosts was amazing. It is truly a great thing, that the festival provides this kind of home-stay opportunity. Me and Nina stayed with Linda and Rudy Kessler, and they were absolutely wonderful.


Now back in cold Finland, the warmth and light of California stays with me.   Thank you once again!

     -Kaika (Heart Of The Land)

Just wanted to say thank you so much for creating and putting on such a wonderful festival, and for the opportunity to take part in the pitch forum. We so enjoyed the films and meeting all of the wonderful filmmakers you invited for the pitch and beyond, and are looking forward to attending in the future.

   -Katherin Hervey (2017 Film Fund Pitch Finalist)

Of all the film festivals I've attended, Amdocs is my favorite. And that's still true this year. Amdocs 2017 was really excellent, images from some of the films still linger for me...such exceptional choices for the festival. The attention to detail, the fabulous films, the care taken of the filmmakers, and the fantastic venue make Amdocs a great experience for filmmakers and film lovers.

   -Liz McKenzie (2016, 2017 Salmon films)

I'm just writing to let you know that we'll be releasing our film, THE SURROUNDING GAME,  Thank you again for taking a chance on us back in 2014 when we competed and won the Film Pitch award - that really helped moved the project along and gave us a boost of confidence. Will, Richard and I had a blast at AmDocs last year, too, at our premiere.

   -Cole D. Pruitt, co-Director, Producer (The Surrounding Game)

The film festival was FANTASTIC - much better than I expected……..so many choices and so many directors etc showing up to answer questions…… it was all very inspiring to the creative soul.  I made a special trek from northern California not knowing what to expect……I certainly will be back.  Keep up the great work……

     -Connie Terwilliger, movie-goer





L A T E S T   N E W S









Late Deadline for AmDocs 2020 is December 15, 2019.  Get your submissions in now!

Recipients of the festival’s qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

See the blog from our friends at FilmFestivals.com from 2019


2020 Submissions are open on the platforms below.

































Official Hotels of AmDocs 2019 – the V Palm Springs and The Vagabond Inn.










Palm Springs is a very popular and busy place in April – be sure to make your reservation now, while rooms are still available.  1-877-544-4446 For The V

1-760-325-7211For The Vagabond





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