7th American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs)

From April 6, 2018 until April 12, 2018


Please make certain that when submitting you note your tracking number on all relevant materials, i.e., shipping envelope and disc(s). Also, each disc must have the contact information of the submitter. The festival is not responsible for returning submitted materials. We do not dispose of submitted material, it will remain in our festival archives unless instructed otherwise.

Film submissions must not have played at any other festivals within a 70 mile radius of Palm Springs, California.

Filmmakers should provide for their works-in-progress for aid in completion funding or works to be begun :
1. Outline of the story/film; 2. three (3) minutes excerpt or promo of said film, even if not started, we require this promo; 3. A budget of said film, what has been paid, what is required for the completion funds, i.e., $2,500 for coloring;
4. If invited, filmmakers must attend the Film Fund's pitch competition and take part in said pitch to jury as well as potentially, the live audience in attendance at film festival.

American Documentary Film Fund is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Documentary Feature

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Documentary Short

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Animated Work

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Documentary Film Fund

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 2011

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) is the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to educate and entertain the film-goer. Both shorts and feature length films are sought.

We are also proud to announce that in addition to documentaries, we are seeking short films in the ANIMATION genre, with particular emphasis in animated works that tell a true story.

In addition to the international film festival, 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.

Seeing the bigger picture, one film at a time.

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) is located in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Strategically located 2 hours east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing audience, many self-proclaimed aficianados, as well as film-goers from around the world.

AmDocs was just listed as a Top 25 Film Festival Worth the Price of Submission by Movie Maker Magazine as well as one of the Top 5 Coolest Documentary Film Festivals in the world by the same magazine.

Our inaugural year had Oliver Stone receiving the "filmmaker who makes a difference award".

Our second year awarded the unique contributions of Peter Coyote. In our third year we awarded our Filmmaker who makes a difference award to Harvey Weinstein as well as our first Rozene Supple Humanitarian Award to Cleve Jones. In our 4th year we honored Peter Bogdanovich with our highest honor as well as screening his two important documentaries and where he participated in each evening's screenings. For 2016 we honored Joe Berlinger, screening his newest film as well as a retrospective of his past films. Each year the festival will strive to share a well-known filmmaker's work and at the same time introduce our wide audience to new filmmakers and their works.

We are currently seeking the documentary genre from filmmakers from around the world, with emphasis on contemporary affairs, domestic and international stories of human character and spirit, historical perspectives, biographies, politically charged tales as well as art/music portraits, and any true story that the filmmaker believes may have an appeal to the public.

If you are interested in sharing your film in a magical setting with an equally great location near the heart of the industry, then the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund is a must on your festival submission list.

Our festival proudly showcases premieres from acclaimed directors as well as screen undiscovered and unknown films by first-timers- our goal is to screen as many films as possible within the festival's time slot, giving more filmmakers the opportunity at exposure, and giving your film the leg up on sharing your work with the world. The festival shall award cash prizes to the filmmaker(s) whose films receive the audience and/or juried favorites.

In addition to AmDocs 2017's main festival activities, AmDocs is proud to announce that films submitted to the event may be selected to participate in a unique alliance where certain AmDocs films will screen at partner festivals within our network. The North South Doc Network (NSDN) is unique to the festival world and we believe will give filmmakers and added edge is sharing their works with multiple markets should they be selected to participate.

Please note that if your film is accepted into the AmDocs festival program you may have an additional screening in our "Highlight Series" or Best of the Fest outside of the regular festival dates.

The festival works in conjunction with the Palm Springs Cultural Center-
The Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.


American Documentary Film Festival
1833 S. Araby Drive 2
92264 Palm Springs
United States of America