Documentary Events

Aided by a global network of documentary-philes, this page calls attention to a range of global “documentary events,” aiming to cover and curate documentary film culture-related news from around the world on a monthly basis. We are interested in events that speak to the breadth of the documentary landscape. These can include but are not limited to timely retrospectives, emergent film festivals or archival projects, gallery installations, different kinds of museum or art shows, participatory and/or virtual reality projects, and experiments with new forms of storytelling/capturing reality. We do not aim to be exhaustive, but rather to be selective and to call attention to interesting events around the world (no matter how small or fringe), both building and expanding the Visible Evidence community in the process.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please write to Selmin Kara (Curator, Visible Evidence “documentary events” page) and Joshua Malitsky.


Current Events

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka: “Tomislav Gotovac:  Crisis Anticipator – Don’t Ask Where We’re Going”

September 22, 2017–November 26, 2017

This is the first retrospective on the multi-disciplinary artist, who was a pivotal figure in the development of performance art and the artistic avant-garde in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, and gives an overview of his sixty-year long art practice. It also engages with the artist’s work in innovative ways, by including performances, a student exhibition drawing from Gotovac’s oeuvre, lectures, and actions in public space.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Greg DeCuir

It’s All True – International Documentary Film Festival

October 01, 2017–December 01, 2017

2018 submissions are being accepted until December 1, 2017. Festival schedule tbd.

2017 Fall Flaherty NYC – OUT FROM UNDER

October 02, 2017–December 11, 2017

Interflugs – Documentary Film Week: Cinema of Resistance

October 03, 2017–October 05, 2017

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

October 05, 2017–October 12, 2017

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

October 06, 2017–October 15, 2017

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art – Workshop: Speculations in the Archive

October 06, 2017–October 08, 2017

Call for films: “Contra el silencio, todas las voces”

October 10, 2017–October 31, 2017

The 10th Hispanic-American Encounter of Independent Documentary Film and Video, “Contra el silencio, todas las voces”/”All Voices Against Silence,” will be held in Mexico City from April 12 to 21, 2018. There is currently an open call to participate in the event, with the deadline October 31st, 2017. Documentaries produced in 2016 and 2017, with Spanish-American themes and independently produced “with the vision of the director and not of a company” can be submitted. The categories for submission are: social movements and citizen participation, human rights, indigenous [issues and rights], [rights and status of] women, borders/migrations/exiles, environment, social change, and art and society.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Javier Campo

imagine-NATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival

October 18, 2017–October 22, 2017

The Toronto-based film and media arts festival imagine-NATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. This year’s festival also features a series of engaging events, including a sound design masterclass and a workshop titled “Insiders and Outsiders: Developing New Collaboration Models,” which might be of interest to documentary filmmakers and scholars concerned with the currently pressing question of research protocols.

United Nations Association Film Festival

October 19, 2017–October 29, 2017

Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 19, 2017–October 22, 2017

Human Rights Watch Film Festival – Nairobi

November 08, 2017–November 12, 2017

IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

November 15, 2017–November 26, 2017

Skábmagovat – Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival

January 25, 2018–January 28, 2018

Skábmagovat, which presents Sámi and indigenous films and TV programs, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with films to be screened in the atmospheric Northern Lights Theater, made of snow.

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

January 29, 2018–February 04, 2018

The program includes seminars, master classes, and Q&A’s with filmmakers.

One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

March 05, 2018–March 14, 2018

Tempo Documentary Festival

March 05, 2018–March 11, 2018

Tempo is Sweden’s biggest documentary festival and curated event, which also features seminars and masterclasses, audio documentaries, transmedia, and photo exhibitions.

CPH:DOX – Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival

March 15, 2018–March 25, 2018

CPH:DOX is the biggest documentary festival in the Nordic countries. This year CPH also hosts a 5-day conference, exploring the interconnections between film, technology, science, and art between March 20-24, 2018. Some of the interesting panels promised by the program include those on science films, serialized documentary and podcasts, augmented reality activism, and theatrical VR. – Selected by our Associate Editor Niina Oisalo

Full Frame – documentary film festival

April 05, 2018–April 08, 2018

Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

April 09, 2018–April 15, 2018

Visions du Réel, Nyon International Film Festival

April 13, 2018–April 21, 2018

hotDOCS – Canadian International Documentary Festival

April 26, 2018–May 06, 2018

Sheffield Doc | Fest

June 07, 2018–June 12, 2018

Recent Events

EYE Filmmuseum: Locus – Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Cao Guimarães

September 16, 2017–December 03, 2017

This exhibit focuses on artists whose works reflect a strong documentary sensibility, blending sensory experience and dreamlike qualities of reality. The exhibition showcases large and single film installations as well as artist talks and events; great opportunity for documentary scholars interested in the convergence between documentary and art.  – Selected by our Associate Editor Toni Pape

TIFF ’17: Female filmmakers talk gender barriers in the doc industry

September 15, 2017

Good Luck – An Interview with Ben Russell

September 13, 2017

Venice Interview: Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

September 11, 2017