Years running: 12 (since 2009)

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival.


The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, as one of leading international documentary film festivals in Asia, aims to provide opportunities for growing Korean and Asian documentary filmmakers to have a field that cineastes and audience together celebrate the festival through documentaries promoting peace, life and communication.


International Competition: 

  • White Goose Award with a cash prize of KRW 15,000,000 and the Special Jury Award with a cash prize of KRW 7,000,000.

Asian Competition: 

  • Asian Perspective Award with a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000.

Korean Competition: 

  • Best Korean Documentary Award with a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 and Special Jury Award with a cash prize of KRW 5,000,000.

Shorts Competition

  • DMZ Shorts Award with a cash prize of KRW 5,000,000.

Asia Development Foundation Award

  • two cash prizes of KRW 5,000,000 for feature and for shorts films  (1 per category) dealing with the subject of Korean/Asian Culture and multi-cultural society

Audience Award

  •  A cash prize of KRW 3,000,000 given to the film rated highest in average by the audience of the International, Asian and Korean Competition.


  • Documentaries completed after January 1, 2019. 

Selection Media Type: online preview link or 2 copies of DVD

Subtitle language: English. 

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.



South Korea

Official website



4F, Goyang Bus Terminal 
1036 Jungang-ro 
Goyang-shi Gyeonggi-do 10450
South Korea

Phone: +82 31 936 7383

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    March 01, 2020
  • Deadline for International & Asian Feature
    May 15, 2020
  • Deadline for Shorts
    June 15, 2020
  • Event dates
    17 — 24 September 2020
Categories & Fees

Features and shorts.

  • Deadline for International & Asian Feature — free
  • Deadline for Shorts — free
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