Years running: 7 (since 2012)

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund

International Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.


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. The festival works in conjunction with the Palm Springs Cultural Center.


For the Film Fund, competing filmmakers can win up to $50,000


  • Festival accepts submissions from around the world and from filmmakers everywhere
  • Film Fund competition: Projects must originate from U S A
  • Film submissions must not have played at any other festivals within a 70 mile radius of Palm Springs, California
  • The film should not be more than 3 years old, though in certain circumstances, a retrospective may be screened and/or a "hidden gem" never seen before by public

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out on-line entry form (via platforms);
  • Pay entry fees;
  • Send 2 DVD with submitted film by mail or download it via platforms.

Selection Media Type: Blu-Ray, AVI, MOV, MPG, WMV, Secure Online Screener, DVD PAL/NTSC

Screening Media Type: DCP, Blu-Ray

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Teddy Grouya — Festival Director



United States
Palm Springs

Official website



1833 Araby Drive #2
Palm Springs CA 92264

Phone: 760-322-3689
Fax: 760-322-3689


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    April 10, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 17, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    October 14, 2017
  • Late Deadline
    December 16, 2017
  • Extended Deadline
    January 11, 2018
  • Notifications
    February 02, 2018
  • Event dates
    6 — 11 April 2018
Categories & Fees

A documentary short is a film of 40 minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $60

A documentary feature is any film with a length of 41 minutes or more.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

A work in progress made by a U.S. citizen. Hard package must include 5 minute video trailer, outline and budget.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $70

An animated work is any film with a length of typically 40 or less minutes, though in some cases we will accept a longer work.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $60
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