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Ever-growing interest in documentary films gives rise to one-time and recurring symposia and other special events that offer documentary filmmakers and nonfiction film fans opportunity to learn and network Check here often for upcoming events that might be of interest and/or helpful to you.

Documentary Film Festival Calendar
A list of 25 top documentary festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe, with links to festival Websites, 2014 schedules, and overviews.

Documentaries for Viewing During Black History Month 2014 - Part One

Cinema Eye Honors for Documentaries - 2014 Winners
An annotated list of winners of the Cinema Eye Honors for 2014, presented January 8, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

Oscars Documentaries Shortlist 2014

International Documentary Association's Fall 2013 Screening Series
An annotated list of documentaries being shown in the International Documentary Association's Fall 2013 screening series at Los Angeles' Landmark Theater, from September 26 to October 10, 2013.

Documentaries for Veteran's Day 2014

2014 Cinema Eye Nominees

Documentaries Watch: September 7 to 14, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries opening in theaters from September 7 to 14, 2013

Documentaries Watch: Theatrical Releases Week of September 1 to 7, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries with theatrical releases during the week of September 1 to 7, 2013.

Documentaries Watch: Week of August 19 to 25, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries becoming available in theaters, via broadcast or online streaming, or on DVD and Blu-ray during the week of August 19 to 25, 2013.

Documentaries Watch: Week of August 25 to 31, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries opening theatrically, releasing on DVD and having broadcast premieres during the week of August 25 to 31, 2013.

Documentaries Watch: August 12 to 18, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries becoming available for public viewing during the week of August 12, 2013.

Documentaries Watch: August 1 - 9, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries becoming accessible from August 1 to 9, 2013, in theaters, with broadcast premieres and on DVD.

Documentaries Watch: Releasing July 15 to 21, 2013
An annotated list of select documentaries releasing theatrically, on DVD and other platforms, or receiving broadcast premieres from July 15 to 21, 2013.

Documentaries Watch: Releasing July 22 to 31
Documentaries Watch: Releasing July 22 to 31

Les Blank Honored in NYC by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is paying tribute to legendary documentarian Les Blank with a series of special screenings in New York City from July 30 to August 1, 2013. Here's the schedule...

Documentaries Releasing Theatrically in April, 2013
Documentaries Releasing Theatrically in April, 2013

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in March, 2013
A list of documentaries that can be seen at a theater near you, beginning during the month of March, 2013.

Five Films for International Women's Day, 2013
Celebrate International Women's Day by watching films made by women about women, Here's my list of recommended documentaries for International Women's Day 2013, which occurs on Friday, March 8.

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in February, 2013
A annotated list of documentaries Opening Theatrically in February, 2013. with mini reviews.

Golden Trailer Awards - 2013
The Golden Trailer Awards recognize the year's outstanding movie previews. Here's an overview and list of nominees for the 2013 Golden Trailer Awards.

Documentaries for Black History Month - 2013 - Part Four
Celebrate Black History Month by watching a documentary each day to learn more about black history, politics, culture and lifestyle in the U.S. and abroad. Here is my recommended list of films for week four.

Documentaries For Black History Month - 2013 - Part Three
Part three of a four-part list of documentaries recommended for watching in celebration of Black History Month, 2013

Documentaries for Black History Month - 2013 - Week Two
Part two of a four-part list of documentaries to watch in celebration of Black History Month, 2013. Watch one a day!

Documentaries For Black History Month - 2013
Part One of a four-part list of documentaries to watch in celebration of Black History Month, 2013

MoMA Presents POV 25th Anniversary Retrospective
New York's Museum of Modern Art celebrates POV's 25th Anniversary with a retrospective of 22 outstanding documentaries that were broadcast by POV during the past quarter of a century. Read more about the event, the films and the schedule.

POV's 25th Anniversary Retrospective at MoMA
In honor of POV's 25th Anniversary, the film curators of the Museum of Modern Art selected 22 films to be screened at MoMA as a POV Retrospective. The series is part of MoMA's Documentary Fortnight for 2013.

ESPN's 'Nine by IX' Documentary Series
ESPN launches a Female-centric documentary series entitled 'Nine by IX' in honor of Title IX's 40th anniversary.

Documentaries For Valentine's Day
Love embraces people of all shapes and sizes, and transforms their lives. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love in all its manifestations. Here's a list of documentaries that fit the theme.

Martin Luther King Day Documentaries - 2013
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, make your own documentaries festival to celebrate the slain civil rights leader's memory and keep his heroic vision and mission alive.

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in January, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries opening theatrically during January, 2013. Mark these on your viewing agenda.

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in December, 2012
An annotated list of documentaries opening theatrically during the month of December, 2012.

A List of Documentaries for Watching At Thanksgiving
When family and friends gather for Thanksgiving, food is very much on the agenda. These documentaries are very good nutrition for awareness about the meaning of the holiday.

'Why Poverty?' Documentary Series
'Why Poverty?' is a series of eight documentary films focuses on the causes of poverty around the world, and on efforts to ameliorate it.

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in November, 2012
In chronological order, an annotated list of feature length documentaries opening theatrically in November, 2012

Documentaries Opening Theatrically In October, 2012
Documentaries Opening Theatrically During October, 2012

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in September, 2012
An annotated list of feature length documentaries opening in theaters in the US during the month of September, 2012.

'The Invisible War' Is Live Online on Sept. 19
Filmmaker Kirby Dick's investigative documentary about frequent incidents of rape in the U.S. military is screening online on September 19, 2012, in a huge interactive viewing event staged by New Video.

The 'Why Poverty?' Documentary Series
Created by Steps International, an international nonprofit, this series of documentaries is intended to raise public awareness about poverty and activate viewers to find ways of ending it. The series will be broadcast around the globe, reaching an estimated 250-million viewers, in November, 2012.

National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival
An overview of National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival, with a focus on stories from indigenous peoples and under-represented minority cultures around the world.

IDA's Docuweeks 2012 - Part One: Feature Length Documentaries
The International Documentary Association's annual Docuweeks screening series is designed to help selected feature length and short documentaries qualify for consideration for the year's Academy Awards by satisfying requirements that the film play in theaters. This is the annotated list of feature length documentaries included in the 2012 program.

IDA's Docuweeks 2012 - Part Two: Documentary Shorts
The International Documentary Association's annual Docuweeks screening series is designed to help selected feature length and short documentaries qualify for consideration for the year's Academy Awards by satisfying requirements that the film play in theaters. This is the annotated list of documentary shorts included in the 2012 program.

Documentaries Opening Theatrically in August, 2012
An annotated list of feature length documentaries opening theatrically in August 2012.

Impact Film Festival 2012 - Documentaries Program
Held every four years, the Impact Film Festival screens issue-oriented documentary films for delegates to the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention.

Documentaries Opening in July, 2012
An annotated list of documentaries opening theatrically during July, 2012

Documentaries Opening in June 2012
A list of documentary films releasing theatrically during June 2012

Documentaries Opening in May 2012
An annotated list of documentaries opening in theaters during May, 2012.

Memorial Day Documentaries
A list of documentaries for Memorial Day viewing.

Mozilla's Hot Hacks Workshop at Hot Docs 2012
A report from Mozilla's Hot Hacks Workshop at Toronto's 2012 Hot Docs Festival.

Documentaries Opening in March, 2012
A List of Documentaries Opening in theaters during March, 2012

POV's Schedule From June 21 to October 18, 2012
The broadcase schedule for POV's 2012 broadcast season.

Golden Trailer Awards 2012 Documentary Winners
An overview of the 2012 Golden Trailer Awards.

Documentaries Opening in April 2012
An annotated list of documentaries that are opening theatrically during April 2012

February 2012 Documentary Film Releases
A list of documentaries opening in theaters during February 2012.

Abel Gance's Epic 'Napoleon' Screens in San Francisco
Kevin Browlow's long-awaited full restoration of Abel Gance's classic silent film, 'Napoleon' will be screened by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in March and April, 2012.

West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference
The annual WestDoc Conference provides networking opportunities for nonfiction filmmakers who wish to pitch projects to network and production company executives in charge of purchasing and/or co-producing nonfiction programming.

DocYard Screening Series Program for Winter 2012
Fourth Edition of Biweekly Screening Series Celebrates Documentary Films and Begins with a Rare Screening of Space Coast by Ross McElwee and Michel Negroponte

Devise To Deliver (D2D) Transmedia Workshop
Devise To Deliver, aka D2D, is a new transmedia training program developed by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs to help documentary filmmakers utilize multiplatform media in designing and marketing their projects.dia in the making and marketing of their films. Deadlines for program applications are November 14, 2011. The program takes place in five stages from January through June 2012, in cities throughout the UK.

Human Rights Film Series 2011
The annual Human Rights Film Series is presented by American University in Washington, DC. The 2011 edition takes place during September and October. Here's an annotated list of films being screened.

Kartemquin Films Celebrates 45 Years of Documentary Production
Kartemquin Films marks its 45th anniversary of independent documentary film production with a series of celebratory events and special screenings beginning on September 15, 2011, and continuing through March 2012.

BAFTA's Guru Program
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) launches an interactive online educational resource called the "Guru Program."

IFP Independent Film Week 2011 - Documentaries Panels
IFP Independent Film Week 2011, held from September 18 to 22, presented a program of panels focusing on documentary filmmakng. Included in the program were case studies of successfully released independently made documentaries, as well as discussions about crowdfunding and transmedia. Here's a rundown of the panels and panalists.

Steve Jobs: The Official Interview
Robert Cringely's in-depth interview with Steve Jobs, conducted in 1995 and thought to be lost, has been found, restored and will be shown at select Landmark Theaters for a very limited run.

An Overview of IFP's Mission and Programs
An overview of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a nonprofit organization offering resources for independent documentary and narrative feature filmmakers.

DocuWeeks 2011 - IDA's Documentary Showcase for Oscars Qualifying
DocuWeeks is an annual theatrical showcase for documentaries that have not yet been scheduled for regular theatrical runs eleases

STF - Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Screening Series - Overview
An overview of STF, the Stranger Than Fiction program, which is New York City's premiere documentary film screening series.

International Documentary Association - Overview of the IDA
An overview of the International Documentary Association, a non-profit professional organization that promotes and protects the interests of documentary filmmakers.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival - 2009 Program
The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2009 with an outstanding program of socially relevant documentaries from around the world, with subjects ranging from the treatment of war-wounded children to concerns about environmental issues.

MoMA Second Annual Documentary Month - February, 2009
MoMA's second annual Documentary Films Month presents more than 50 outstanding contemporary documentaries, including many World, US or New York premiers, as well as retrospectives of outstanding documentary filmmakers and past Best Documentary Oscars winners.

Hamptons International Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival is a leading East Coast film festival that presents annual awards for documentary films as well as independent features. It takes place annually during October in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York.

Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Series - New York City
Stranger Than Fiction is New York City’s premier documentary screenings series. Programmed and hosted by Thom Powers, who is one of the programmers for the Toronto Film Festival, the series presents exclusive screenings of yet-to-be-released nonfiction feature films, lost gems and special events for documentary film lovers.

IFP Independent Film Week - Spotlight on Documentaries
IFP Independent Film Week's Spotlight on Documentaries is one of the world's most important showcases for new and emerging documentary filmmakers and their projects. The IFP Marketplace is held in New York City annually in September. The 2008 dates are September 14-22.

Documentary Filmmakers Symposium
Seasoned professionals mentor younger documentarians at a high powered symposium at New York's Tribeca Cinemas

DocuWeeks 2010 - Program of Feature Length Documentaries
The 2010 DocuWeeks, held at the IFC Center in New York and at the ArcLight in Los Angeles from July 30 to August 19, features 17 feature length documentaries and five documentary shorts. Here's the full roster.

Independent Film Week
Independent Film Week is the annual independent filmmaker showcase and conference presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers.

Independent Film Week 2010
The 2010 Independent Film Week adds panel discussions, debates and online interactivity to its annual program of In addition to screenings and pitch sessions.

Sheffiled Doc/Fest
An overview of Sheffield Doc/Fest, the noted international documentaries film festival that takes place annualy in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Sundance Film Festival 2011 - US Documentaries in Competition

Sundance Film Festival 2011 - World Cinema Documentaries in Competition
A list of the twelve films in the World Cinema Documentary Competition category at the Sundance Film Festival 2011.

Documentaries Opening in July 2013
An annotated list of documentaries opening in July 2013

Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival is a major international film festival that takes place in New York City every April. The festival premieres documentaries and narrative features, as well as documentary and narrative shorts.

Museum of Modern Art Documentary Fortnight 2011
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City presents its 2011 Documentaries Fortnight, a two-week program of outstanding documentary films from around the world, from February 16 to 28, celebrating the festival's 10th anniversary. The schedule includes 20 feature-length documentary films representing 14 countries, and thematic programming that...

POV's Summer 2011 Documentaries Schedule
This is a list of the outstanding documentaries being broadcast on POV (Point of View) during the 2011 season. POV is part of the nonfiction programming of the Public Broadcast System (PBS).

DocYard Screening Series - DocYard Documentaries Program - Summer, 2011
DocYard Screening Series - DocYard Documentaries Program - Summer, 2011

DocYard Documentaries Series - Documentaries Screening Series
The DocYard Documentaries Series is Boston's premiere nonfiction film screening series.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2011 Program
The program of the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents 19 films that explore human rights issues around the globe. The Festival takes place from June 16 to 30, 2011, at New York's Lincoln Center.

The Shed Internship - Internship for Documentary Filmmakers
The Shed Internship presents young filmmakers with an outstanding opportunity to experience all aspects of the business of factual entertainment on television, including project planning, production and post-production.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 - It's A Wrap!
A report from Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011, including coverage of the films and events that made the festival, held from June 8 to 12, a first rate documentary film event.

Emmy Awards 2011 Nominations
A list of nonfiction films and reality show segments nominated for Emmy Awards in 2011.

The Emmy Awards For Documentaries
Detailing the differences between the Primetime Emmy Awards and News and Documentaries Emmy Awards, the various documentaries awards categories and different organizations behind each of the two awards presentations.

Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Documentaries Program
An Annotated List of Documentaries Screening at Toronto International Film Festival 2011.

'Women And Girls Lead' Documentaries Series From ITVS
Independent Television Service (ITVS) is launching a multiyear, multiplatform initiative entitled 'Women and Girls Lead.' Under that banner, the organization will present women-centric documentaries about women's leadership and activism around the world regarding a wide range of social and political issues.

ESPN Nine for IX
ESPN's new 'Nine for IX' documentaries series marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which opened opportunities for woman in all fields of professional sports. Each of the nine films is a profile of an important woman player, or delves into other aspects of the lives of women sports professionals.

Documentaries Watch: Opening June 12 to 30, 2013
An list of documentaries opening from June 12 to 30, 2013, with mini-reviews of each.

Documentaries Watch: Opening June 7 and 10, 2013
An annotated list of documentaries opening theatrically on June 7 and 10, 2013, with mini reviews of each.

Documentaries Opening May 15 to 31
An annotated list of documentaries receiving theatrical openings from May 15 to May 30, 2013.

Memorial Day Documentaries 2013
Watch these documentaries on Memorial Day to commemorate the soldiers who've made such significant sacrifices while serving our nation.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival - 2013
On overview of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013, taking place in New York from June 13 to 23, with a program of eighteen documentaries about human rights issues around the world.

Documentaries for Viewing During Black History Month 2014 - Part Two

Documentaries for Viewing During Black History Month 2014 - Part Three
These documentaries for Black History month, week three, explore and reveal various aspects of black culture and lifestyle through personal stories.

Documentaries for Black History Month - Week Four

Documentaries About Heroic Women
International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, 2014, is the perfect time to watch these inspiring documentaries about women whose activism and commitment changed the world for the better.

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Documentary Impact: The Ongoing Influence of 'My Neighbor, My Killer'

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