Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival


Years running: 20 (since 2003)

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival in China.


GZDOC, founded in 2003, is hosted China’s State General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SGAPPRFT) and the Government of Guangdong Province, and operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization. After 10 years of development, GZDOC has grown from an academic seminar to a documentary conference and now the only professional documentary festival in China, just like a sapling growing into a big tree.


  • Documentary Competition,
  • Public Screening,
  • DocuMart and Training,
  • DocuMart,
  • International Producers Day,
  • Doc Shop,
  • One-on-one Meetings,
  • Summit Forum,
  • Press Conference,
  • Master Class,
  • Public activities.


Each award-winning film will be given a Certificate (hardcopy) and a trophy:

  • Grand Jury Award
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Documentary Director
  • Best Documentary Cinematography
  • Best Documentary Editing
  • Best Documentary Sound
  • Best Documentary Series
  • Best Chinese Documentary Producer
  • Best Sino-foreign Co-production Documentary
  • Audience Award
  • Best Chinese Documentary for International Communication


  • Films  must be produced no earlier than January 1, 2020. 
  • Only finished documentary films are acceptable. Those in the investigation, shooting or postproduction phases will be refused.
  • Short: no longer than 30 minutes (including Opening Credits); Feature: longer than 30 minutes (including Opening Credits); Series: in three episodes (sets) or more that are inter-related.

All applicants shall go through the following:

  • Fill out the online entry form;
  • Upload Film stills in JPG format and Subtitle script or subtitle file.
  • Send by mail the Film and Trailer in MP4 / MOV format, in digital DVD or USB disk; HD (720p or 1080p) version is preferred.

Hard copy of the materials: 

  • A printed application form, 
  • Three DVDs of the source file of the completed film and one DVD of the trailer in the format of MPEG/WMV/AVI/Mp4/MOV.

Selection Media Type: DVD PAL

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Manager, International Marketing
Simon Ho, Jenny Courtney




Official Website



General Office of the Organizing Committee of GZDOC
Room 3303, No.76, WestHuangpu Avenue, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

Phone: 86-020-38780150-806


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 07, 2022
  • Deadline
    August 21, 2022
  • Notifications
    November 30, 2022
  • Event Dates
    6 — 9 December 2022
Categories & Fees

no longer than 30 minutes

  • Deadline — free

longer than 30 minutes

  • Deadline — free

Series: in three episodes (sets) or more that are inter-related.

  • Deadline — free
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