FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
1. Is AmDocs open to only American filmmakers?
Not at all. We accept submissions from around the world and from filmmakers everywhere. We pride ourselves on having an international film festival and our audiences cherish different cultures and new experiences. The only part of our festival that requires US citizenship is our Film Fund competition, where filmmakers compete for funding to complete unfinished projects. The Film Fund competition is open only to American filmmakers. However, the films that comprise the festival itself always include both American and international films, and awards are given to both US and international films.
2. Am I required to attend the Festival if my film is selected?
No. A filmmaker is never required to attend the festival, and we understand it is not always possible to appear at the event. However, we strongly encourage filmmakers to attend AmDocs if their films are selected. We believe the in-person experience of attending is highly rewarding, and can provide invaluable benefits in networking. We have unique hotel partnerships where discounts are offered to crew, friends and family of filmmakers, as well. Our team of volunteers and staff have become friends for life with past alumni of AmDocs, and it's been a life-changing experience for many who visit us in Palm Springs. Filmmakers are given the opportunity to hold a brief Q&A session with audiences after the screenings of their films, as well. As our crowds include legions of documentary film buffs, this has become a valuable part of our festival and a big hit with both audiences and filmmakers alike.
3. What is the atmosphere like at AmDocs? More formal or casual?
We are nestled in an area often referred to as "Hollywood's playground." Palm Springs is a relaxing, laid-back environment of fun and frolic. Things are much more casual here, and the vibe is a cool and free one. We encourage filmmakers and attendees to dress any way you like. If you are a more formal person who likes to dress up, our Opening Night Gala is perfect for that. But we also have many attendees who come in t-shirts and shorts. There are no rules. Be yourself. Prepare for warm weather. Even though our festival is held in the Spring season, temperatures can fluctuate from the 70s to near 100 degrees. If you want to escape winter cold elsewhere, Palm Springs is probably the place you want to be during our best weather season of the year.
4. If I submit my film, when will I hear if it's been selected?
Generally, filmmakers will be notified at least 30 to 45 days in advance of the start of AmDocs, in any given year, whether or not their film has been selected to screen at the festival.
5. What about industry networking opportunities? And are there any hidden costs I need to know about?
The numerous networking opportunities available for filmmakers is a major reason why AmDocs has been such a success. Read our Testimonials to see what past filmmakers have said. With our ideal location just east of Los Angeles, many industry experts and insiders attend our screenings and events. Every filmmaker whose film is selected will receive an all-access pass, giving free admission to every event, function, party, and screening associated with the festival. This includes private parties and events solely for filmmakers and industry representatives, our Opening Night Gala with special guests (previous AmDocs opening nights have included internationally-known Oscar, Grammy & Emmy winners and celebrities), red carpet events, social hours, meet-and-greets, etc. Once a filmmaker's film has been deemed an Official Selection at our festival, she or he is guaranteed admission to every AmDocs event at no additional cost.
6. Do you actually watch every film that is submitted?
Yes! We guarantee that every submitted film is viewed in its entirety, and evaluated by our selection committee. We pride ourselves on this fact, since our festival was created, founded, and conceptualized by a filmmaker himself (Teddy Grouya). This is likely one of the reasons AmDocs was named one of the world's Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for filmmakers.