21 Documentary Film Festivals For The Remainder of 2019

This year’s film festival merriment may already have begun, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into our groove and discover what remains to be enjoyed for the rest of 2019.

We have compiled a list of 21 documentary film festivals, from all over the globe, for you to consider, observe or attend.


April 2019

April 25th to May 5th | HOT DOCS Canadian International Film Festival, Toronto  hotdocs.ca


May 2019

2nd to 12th May | DOXA Documentary Film Festival  in Vancouver, Canada  doxafestival.ca

2nd to 5th May | Q Doc: Queer Doc Film Festival, Portland  qdocfilmfest.org

15th to 25th May | Docs Barcelona  docsbarcelona.com/en/

29th May to 13 June 2019 | San Francisco Indie Fest Documentary Festival  sfindie.com/festivals/sf-docfest/

30th May to 9 June |Doc Edge Film Festival in  Auckland, New Zealand  docedge.nz


June 2019

13  to 23 June | Doc Edge Film Festival in Wellington, New Zealand  docedge.nz

6th to 16th June | Encounters Doc Film Festival in South Africa  encounters.co.za

6th to 11th June | Sheffield Doc Fest, England  sheffdocfest.com

19th to 23rd June | AFI Docs Film Festival  afi.com/afidocs/


July 2019

19 to 29 July 2019 | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival  mdff.org.au/


September 2019

4th to 10th Sept | Open City Documentary Festival, London  opencitylondon.com

20th to 27th Sept | DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Goyang, South Korea  dmzdocs.com


October 2019

9th to 14th Oct | Globe Docs Film Festival  in Boston, MA  filmfest.bostonglobe.com

10th to 17th Oct | Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival  yidff.jp/

18th to 26th Oct | Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival  hsdfi.org

24th to 29th Oct | Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic  ji-hlava.com/

28th Oct to 3rd Nov | DOK Leipzig  dok-leipzig.de/en/festival/profil


November 2019

7th to 10th Nov | Atlanta Docufest, Atlanta, Georgia  docufest.com

7th to 14th Nov |  America’s largest documentary film festival, DOC NYC  docnyc.net

20th Nov to 1st Dec | IDFA International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam  idfa.nl/en/


Your Experiences. Thoughts & Intentions

Have you attended or shown a film at any of these film festivals previously? What was your experience like? Do you intend to travel to some film festivals this year? Which is your favorite film festival to observe? Let us know your thoughts or stories in the comment section below.


Additional Resources

Podcast Epsiode #28 – The World of the Documentary Film Festival, Part One

Podcast Episode #29 – The World of the Documentary Film Festival, Part Two

Podcast episode #80 – Hacking the Documentary Film Festival, Part One

Podcast episode #81 – Hacking the Documentary Film Festival, Part Two

Article – 5 Tips for Your Film Festival Strategy



Producer and Content Creator, Stephanie Vincenti

Stephanie has worked in the narrative and documentary feature film industry for over 12 years. She is also a producer and content creator for The Documentary Life.

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