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AmDocs is listed as one of the Top 50 "Film Festival Worth The Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine for 2023-2024.



Filmmakers whose films are selected to show at the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) will receive a free home stay with one of our area volunteers if they should so choose. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the Festival and participate in a post-screening Q&A session with our audiences if at all possible.​

Film Fund


In addition to our Film Festival itself, we are proud to share the American Documentary Film Fund with independent American filmmakers who will participate and compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress. ​For more details, please visit the FILM FUND tab.

Submit A Film

AmDocs prefers online entries submitted via Film Freeway or FestHome, which provide cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Film Freeway’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners -- an economical and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join these submission platforms' global filmmaker communities and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities.  If you are not a member of any of these platforms, please contact our office for the submission process. For more details, please visit the SUBMIT A FILM tab.


The North South Doc Network:

Our Unique Partnerships Around the World

AmDocs is proud to have formed unique partnerships with other Film Festivals from around the world through the establishment of the North South Doc Network, NSDN.  We have coordinated partnerships with DokuFest (the International and Short Film Festival in Kosovo) and DocsMX (Mexico International Documentary Film Festival) and CTIAF (Cape Town International Animation Film Festival) to expand AmDocs' Official Selections to these fests in other parts of the world, offering filmmakers greater opportunities and a more extensive worldwide audience. In 2019, for example, our winner for Best American Feature Documentary (KIFARU, directed by David Hambridge) was accepted into both DokuFest and DocsMX after claiming top honors at AmDocs. Many other films that premiered at AmDocs have gone on to screen at DokuFest and DocsMX as well through this partnership, including 2019's SEGREGATED BY DESIGN, directed by Mark Lopez.

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