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2016 DOXA Festival Film Submissions

The 15th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place from May 5-15, 2016.

DOXA is an international documentary festival featuring new work selected by a jury, as well as thematic programming presented by independent curators. We are seeking submissions of short to feature length documentaries for our 2016 festival. This call for submissions is for recently completed documentary films. Awards categories include Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Canadian Documentary and the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming.


Submissions open September 28, 2015

Early Bird Submissions
Fees: $25 International Films / $20 Canadian Films
Deadline: November 16, 2015 (postmarked)

Regular Submissions
Fees: $35 International Films / $25 Canadian Films
Deadline: December 11, 2015 (postmarked)

Late Submissions
Fees: $55 International Films / $45 Canadian Films
Deadline: January 6, 2016 (postmarked)


  • All entrants will be notified by March 31, 2016.
  • Projects screened or broadcast in Vancouver prior to the festival are ineligible.
  • You may submit with an online screener or in DVD format. Please do not send Blu-Ray.
  • Preview DVDs must be labelled with title, running time and contact information.
  • Please preview your DVD prior to submitting; defective materials will be discarded.
  • Rough cuts are eligible ONLY IF final cuts will be available by February 15, 2016.
  • Preview DVDs will not be returned.
  • Work produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
  • Please enclose a brief synopsis and screening history.
  • More weight is given to projects which do not take a conventional journalistic or commercial approach.
  • Entries being mailed from outside Canada must be clearly marked: “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.”
  • Please do not send your work via UPS (United Parcel Service); they have large brokerage fees and the package will be returned at the sender’s expense.


There are two ways to submit your film to DOXA.

  1. Use the Withoutabox service. Film details and payment can be submitted directly through Withoutabox.
  2. Use DOXA's online form.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Director of Programming, Dorothy Woodend at dorothy [at]