2021 Film Winners / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

2021 Film Fesival Winners:

Best International Short: "The Siege", RUSSIA, by Andrey Furmanchuk

Best International Short Jury Award: "Charlie Surfer", NORWAY, by Pia Strømme

Best National Short: "Meltdown In Dixie", USA, Emily Harrold

Best National Short Jury Award: "The FBI's Secret War", USA, by David Reppond

Best International Feature: "The Neurosurgeon", POLAND, by Magdalena Zagała AND "Hannibal Hopkins & Sir Anthony", FRANCE, by Clara & Julia Kuperberg

Best Domestic Feature: "White Noise", USA, by Daniel Lombraso

Best Domestic Feature Jury Award: "My Name Is Lopez", USA, P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Best Animated Work: "Reign Of The Umbrella Man", USA, by Eric Fisher AND "To The Dusty Sea", FRANCE, by Héloïse Ferlay

Best Animated Work Jury Award: "Oxygen", BELGIUM, by Rocky Grispen, Violette Belzer AND "The Credits Movie", USA, Jeffrey Askin

Film Fund Pitch Winners: "Only In Theatres" by Raphael Sbarge AND "Exodus Stories" by Ilse Fernandez AND "El Oaxaqueño" by David Zlutnick.

August 28, 2020

Dear Film-Lover-


As you know, there has been a sea-change of activity these last few months and, in particular, the last few hours.


At AmDocs we strive to make the festival experience the best in the world, for both our filmmakers and audience.


Some of you have been keeping close tabs on our position on having AmDocs 2020 in spite of the Covid 19 scare.  We have stayed in close contact with our city and county officials with regard to health concerns and the event's viability by following the advice of our civic leadership.  However, with the President's order barring international travel from Europe (and already from China) and with perhaps more to come, like a good, independent filmmaker, we need to take action.  For us, that action at this point does not include cancelling the event.  But like a good filmmaker, we work to solve problems on the set and in the field and here, we have decided to reschedule.  We didn't make this decision lightly but believe it is in the best interests of everybody- the public, our guests and the community at large.  Therefore, please note the new dates for AmDocs 2020 are September 25-October 4, 2020.


And now our event, even though we delayed, the theatres are still closed.  Therefore, we have now concluded that in order to maintain the festival's integrity, we have shifted this year to an on-line virtual event.  The event will be available through a basic subscription on the new streaming platform, DocsNow+ and on DocsNowPlus.com.  Please keep checking as we will let you know as soon as the festival goes lives.


We are asking for understanding from our ticket holders who may have purchased for the March and delayed September events for the theatre.  We hope that you will either donate your purchases or allow us to have you use passes for the March 2021 as well as individual tickets to be exchanged for films which will be a part of the 10th Annual Event for 2021 festival.  We will give you an access pass for the on-line version if you wish.  Just save your receipt and you will be good to go. 


Again, we wish this had never happened and hope that you understand.  Let's all hope our earth gets healthier and that you come to AmDocs 2020 in September via our virtual festival!




Teddy Grouya


American Documentary And Animation Film Festival