Filmmakers whose films are selected to show at the American Documentary Film Festival will receive a free home stay with one of our area volunteers if they should so choose. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the Festival and participate in a Q&A session with audiences after their screenings.​




Film Fund


In addition to the international film festival, we are proud to share the American Documentary Film Fund with independent American filmmakers who will participate and compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress. ​ (For details on submission, go to Film Fund tab.)


Submit A Film

The American Documentary Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via FilmFreeway, FestHome, REELPort and FilmFestivalLife which provide cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join these submission platoforms' global filmmaker communities and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities.  If you are not a member of any of these platforms, please contact our office for the submission process.


Our 2019 Call for Entries ended January 11.  Look for our 2020Call for Entries beginning later this year.


Also, AmDocs is proud to have formed unique partnerships with other festivals from around the world by way of the establishment of the North South Doc Network, NSDN.  Click through and see some of them here, with more to come.