Years running: 17 (since 2005)


International documentary film festival.


The festival is intended to provide audiences and experts insight into the recent documentary films, stimulate national documentary production and boost international and regional cooperation in co-productions. The international competition presents the best auteur and creative documentary films from the world made and produced in the past year, with a focus on everything that is new, brave, off mainstream and intrepid.


  • International Competition Program (includes films from all over the world, excluding those competing in the Regional Competition Program);
  • Regional Competition Program (intended for the films produced or co-produced in the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania);
  • Official program (special thematic programs);
  • Retrospective program.


  • Big Stamp Award — for The Best Film in International Competition Program,
  • Big Stamp Award — for The Best Film in Regional Competition Program,
  • Little Stamp Award — for The Best Film of a young author of up to 35 years of age,
  • Audience Award — for The Best Film by audience choice.

The official awards consist of a statue, a diploma and a cash prize the amount of which is to be determined by the Festival subject to the available budget. Special awards also can be given.


  • Only films released after January 1 of the previous year (2020) can participate in the competition program.
  • Participation in the competition section of ZagrebDox requires a first screening in Croatia (the film must be a Croatian premiere).


  • October 15 — for films released after January 2020
  • November 15 — for films in production (films in production must be finished no later than January 2021)

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • The films must be submitted online, on ZagrebDox’s website and an online screening link (with English subtitles) must be entered into the submission form.

Along with an application form, the following materials must be submitted:

  •  HQ file of the film
  • HQ file of trailer
  • a brief synopsis of the film in English language,
  • at least 3 photographs from the film (of the quality suitable for press),
  • a film's dialogue list in English language,
  • thе director's photos and biography and his/her year of birth (in order to qualify for Best Film of a Young Author Award),
  • promo material (press packages, posters, etc.).

Selection Media Type: online

Subtitles: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline (completed films)
    November 15, 2020
  • Deadline (films in production)
    December 15, 2020
  • Event Dates
    13 — 20 June 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline (completed films) — free
  • Deadline (films in production) — free
  • Deadline (completed films) — free
  • Deadline (films in production) — free
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