American Documentary Film Festival

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The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) celebrates and promotes documentary film--and the independent filmmakers who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues.

The first festival was held in April 2012, with Academy Award-winning Director, Screenwriter and Producer, Oliver Stone being honored on Opening Night with the "Filmmaker Who Makes A Difference" award and the screening of his provocative documentary "Commandante."  In its inaugural year, AmDocs screened 80 international films in a single theater in Palm Springs.

AmDocs has grown exponentially each year, with annual honorees including Dionne Warwick, Peter Coyote, Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Redford and Phil Keoghan. Over 1600 films were reviewed for screening consideration in the past year, coming from Argentina to Zimbabwe and across the United States.

While relatively young, AmDocs has already established important credentials, being recognized internationally as an important venue for filmmakers, being named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the five "coolest" documentary film festivals in the world. 

Most recently, AmDocs initiated a new and unique film festival alliance, the North-South Doc Network, in which several important international film festivals provide access to films within each of the participating festivals programs, thereby creating a formal circuit of festivals at which the selected films will screen.

Ticket Information

The American Documentary Film Festival will next screen its films at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs from April 6-12, 2018. Honorees this year include George Takei and Keely Shaye Smith. Information on attending the event and purchasing passes or tickets can be found on their website.

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