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Documentary in the Digital Age by Maxine Baker

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Appendix 1 International Documentary Film Festivals

Documentary Film Festivals

At festivals which feature documentaries either exclusively or primarily, documentary film-makers are most likely to find audiences, colleagues, potential employers and buyers for their films. The most important documentary festivals have international pitching forums, sales markets and competitions. These should be prioritized, and special attention given to their submission requirements, because many prefer or even require a national or continental premiere. IDFA (Amsterdam) and HotDocs are most important; Marseilles, Munich, Visions du Réel (Nyon) and Yamagata should also be prioritized. Still, one should be realistic: such festivals are very selective. Filmmakers ...

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