DOXA is committed to cultivating curiosity and fostering a local and international community of documentary cinema lovers. We bring together audiences, filmmakers, and diverse cultural communities through the presentation of outstanding documentary work from around the globe. Through screenings, panel discussions, workshops and educational initiatives, DOXA facilitates a cinema culture that is curious, inventive and bold.

Next year is DOXA’s 20th anniversary. We were founded in 1991 by the Documentary Media Society, and our mission then, as it is now, is to support a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.

We have started a donation drive to raise $20,000 for our 20th anniversary. This money will go towards continuing our work presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences, and bring back DOXA in 2021 better than ever, with public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs.

This has been an extraordinarily challenging year for DOXA, as well as many other arts organizations. We understand that these are precarious financial circumstances for many in our community; any donation made to DOXA during this time is especially meaningful. 

Making space for social change, fostering community, and championing the power of documentary cinema are at the core of what we do—and we couldn’t do this work without your support.



With the generous support of Roger Holdstock, the Holdstock Fund for Documentary Engagement helps DOXA bring filmmakers and special guests from across Canada and around the globe to the festival. The fund helps DOXA engage its audience, not only through the presentation of ground-breaking documentaries, but also through the provision of stimulating discussions and interactions following screenings. Though filmmaker travel is currently at a standstill due to the current COVID-19 crisis, a donation to this fund now will support in-person engagement with filmmakers in the future. We believe that engaging the world through documentary cinema and critical, in-person conversation will be of even greater import, post pandemic.

"In a culture that views movies largely as a form of escapism, documentary has sometimes had a tough time, but we seem to be entering into a period where audiences are more receptive to films that document the world we live in. I have found that the level of engagement increases greatly when filmmakers and artists are present at screenings of their work. Audience members can learn about the challenges of the production, the motivations in making the films, and interact with the real people behind the film. I initiated the Holdstock Fund for Documentary Engagement to ensure that the experience of seeing a film with its creator(s), occurs more often. The intent of the fund is to facilitate the presence of more filmmakers and artists at DOXA screenings. I urge you to contribute and help us all to be more engaged."  - ROGER HOLDSTOCK

Donations of $20.00 or more receive a tax receipt.




DOXA offers an exciting benefit program for donations above $20.00. To opt in to our Donor Benefit program, please complete this PDF form and email to sarah(a), or send by mail to:

DOXA Documentary Film Festival
110-750 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R5

If you opt in to our Donor Benefit program, your tax receipt will be issued for your donation amount less the value of the benefits.

PLEASE NOTE that due to the postponement of DOXA 2020, and the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our Donor Benefits program has also been postponed and may look a bit different this year. Feel free to reach out with any questions.


DOXA is honoured and grateful for every donation received throughout the year, whether it be a few dollars or thousands. We thank each and every donor for supporting our efforts in presenting the best in documentary. Through individual donations, DOXA will continue to build a film culture that informs, inspires, and educates. See our list of our donors here

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a registered charity. 
Charity Number: 854305331RR0001