Arranged by date, here is a list of the top 25 documentary film festivals held in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, submissions and to my longer overviews and coverage of specific festivals.
DocPoint - January/February
Big Sky - February
Big Sky is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Missoula, Montana. Scheduled for February 15 to 23, 2014. The submissions deadline for this year's festival has already passed.
ZagrebDox - February/March
ZagrebDox is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Zagreb, Croatia. Scheduled for February 23 to March 2, 2014. Submissions for the 2014 festival are closed.
True/False Film Festival - February/March
Salem Film Fest - March
Salem Film Fest is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Salem, Massachusetts. Scheduled for March 6 to 13, 2014. For information about submissions, contact the festival. Highlights: An intimate festival with unique programming and focus on filmmaker and audience interaction. Screenings and discussion are the festival's focus. Read more...
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - March
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Thessaloniki, Greece. Scheduled from March 14 to 23, 2014. The submissions deadline for the 2014 festival has already passed.
Cinema du Reel - March
Cinema du Reel is a documentaries-only festival held annually in Paris. France. Scheduled for March 20 to 30, 2014. Submissions for this year's festival are formally closed, but you can contact the festival by email about possible exceptions to the deadline.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - April
Hot Docs - April/May
Hot Docs is a documentaries-only film festival held annually in Toronto Canada. Scheduled for April 24 to May 4, 2014. The submissions deadline for the 2014 festival was January 3, 2014. Highlights: North America's largest documentaries-only festival, with year round theatrical screening and outreach program, filmmaker laboratories, pitch forum for funding, documentaries marketplace. Read more...