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American Documentary Film Festival


Named one of the world's Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee by Movie Maker magazine in April 2013, and named one of the world's 5 coolest documen9tary film festivals by MovieMaker in November 2013, the American Documentary Film Festival's 5th annual event will take place March 29-April 4, 2019. 

The Festival is located in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Ideally located 2 hours east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing audience and a proven track record of supporting independent films. Already the largest documentary festival on the West Coast of the United States, we feature documentary features, doc shorts, and animated shorts from filmmakers around the world. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker. Submit on one of our submission platforms.  See you at the movies! 
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VIDEO: Interview with Dokufest Fest Director Nita Deda

Nita Deda in Palms Springs at Amdocs filmmakers party... is ready to take off!. An 8 minute interview with where she presents the Dokufest festival, the city of Prizren, Kosovo, the people and what is unique. DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film festival in Kosovo. It is also a partner of Amdocs and had several winners programmed in Palm Springs. Recognized as one of the top film and music event in SouthEast Europe, ...

VIDEO: meet Teddy Grouya Amdocs Festival Founder

Teddy and his sister Heidi. Teddy Grouya, festival founder, presents his festival and tells how proud he is from his selection (screened from 2000 films submitted) 175 filmmakers came with their films at his festival 50% US, 40 countries are represented. ...

Wings and Awards from Palm Springs for AMDOCS 2019 wrap

THE FULL COVERAGE   VIDEO: Meet John Osborne the Associate PrograMmer AMDOCS     ...   06.04.2019 | American Documentary Fil VIDEO: Palm Springs Arts Museum Carousel ...   VIDEO: The Amdocs 2019 Award for Best International Short Documentary goes to “Cricket Liu,” by Julia Cheng   Julia Chen won best short doc at Amdocs, on her world premiere, she wa...

VIDEO: The Amdocs 2019 Award for Best International Short Documentary goes to “Cricket Liu,” by Julia Cheng

  Julia Chen won best short doc at Amdocs, on her world premiere, she was shocked, thrilled, happy, emotional and even spoke some chinese recommending chinese filmmakers to attend AMDOCS...   Cricket Liu CHINA / Zhu Cheng / 18 min. WORLD PREMIERE Sun. March 31, 11:00 am,  Camelot  PROGRAM 18 ...

The french connection in Palm Springs - AMDOCS

Ariane Foisy, Julia and Clara Kuperberg, Teddy Grouya half french by birth, Bruno Chatelin, Martine Melloul   ...

Host family celebrates 2 birthdays during Amdocs

Bob and Betty Press are one of the host families welcoming guests of Amdocs. They have started doing this for Teddy Grouya, festival founder,  several years ago, and keep on doing so each year and bring more friends on the job.!  This hosting family had two reasons to celebrate during Amdocs: two birthday anniversaries (we keep the vintage secret). was there on both occasions to help blow the candles!     ...

AMDOCS Awards 2019

The winner of the Sadie Katz Award for Hustle is  MD Silverstein of  The Weight Of Success.   “Defend, Conserve, Protect” wins Best International Feature Documentary. Best National Feature Documentary goes to “KIFARU” and that guy hambone. Seeing the Bigger Picture Award goes to @FilmmakerJulie, co-director of the Oscar-nominated @RBGmovie. This AmDocs honor goes annually to a filmmaker who’s made significant contributions to soc...

RBG Closes AmDocs 2019

This Oscar nominated film and box office hit for a documentary, is co-helmed by AmDocs alum Julie Cohen, who has been to the festival no less than three times, with her works featured at the Film Fund Pitch Competition as well as Opening Night and national competitions.  This work is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth in Brooklyn, New York, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Ji...

VIDEO: Ed Asner Q & A in Amdoc: insiders perspectives and emotions

"Ed Asner: On Stage and Off  Documentary" written and directed by  Kurt Jacobsen, Warren Leming screened april 3rd at Amdocs to a full house, all stayed for the fascinating Q&QA session.   Ed Asner was in the room during the screening of his documentary, which he saw for the second time with us, and he answered the questions from his fans in the audience. He shared some very intimate and personal moments as well as insiders memories from his career an...

The AMDOCS Program April 4

Thursday, April 4 Schedule, Palm Springs   9:30 am (PROGRAM 69) OPEN Location: Camelot Theatres Details:  ​ ​11:00 am (PROGRAM 70)  I, Douglas Fairbanks, FRANCE, 53min. / Anjelica Huston: A Tribute To James Joyce, Shout In The Street, IRELAND, 59min. Location: Camelot Theatres Details: Two heroes, one on the big screen, the other on the page. ​ ​ 11:30 am (PROGRAM 71) Frank Capra Story, USA, 29min. / All That Heaven Allows- A Tribute To Rock Hudson, US...

King of Beasts - An interview with filmmaker Tomer Almagor

Tomer and his son at Howard Hughes mansion during AMDOCS 2019 filmmakers party     By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER    ...

Filmmakers galatic reception with a view!

Mark, Glenn and Theodore (Teddy) hosting a galatic reception in Palm Springs for Amdocs.                                                                                                  ...

The AMDOCS Program April 3

Wednesday, April 3 Schedule, Palm Springs   9:30 am (PROGRAM 57)  Location: Camelot Theatres Details:  ​ ​11:00 am (PROGRAM 58) Tasting Wild Alaska, USA, 8min. / King Of Beasts, USA, ISRAEL, 106min.  Location: Camelot Theatres Details:  Two different look at respecting nature and its creatures . 11:30 am (PROGRAM 59) B.A.M., USA, 3min. / Futbol Fever, USA, 4min. / Second To None, USA, 24min. / Lefty, NORWAY, 56min. Location: ...

Amdocs screening of Facing the Dragon by Sedika Mojadidi

​4:30 pm April 1st  Facing The Dragon, AFGHANISTAN, 82min.  Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi follows two extraordinary Afghan women, a politician and a journalist, to examine what is happening to women as American troops and international aid pull out of Afghanistan. Through Sedika’s perspective, we see how women on the front lines struggle to keep their rights and their families safe in a country where lawlessness and violence are only increasing. "Extremely ...

Amdocs screening of Eva Kor Documentary Film by Ted Green, Mika Brown and WFYI

Introducing the new trailer for "Eva," our documentary about Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor. Voices include, among others, top national experts in the Holocaust, the Mengele Twins and the Mengele manhunt, along with the narration of the inimitable Ed Asner.         ...

AMDOCS has wings for you!

Monday filmmakers party at AMDOCS : Dokufest Director Nita Deda and co founders and many more filmmakers in the air lats night. Wings for all at AMDOCS Parner 420 Lounge.   ...

VIDEO Interview with Craig Prater, president Heartland Film Festival

Craig Prater, President of Heartland International Film Festival joined the 28-year old organization in 2016.  Previous to his current position, he served with entertainer Sonny Bono as the Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, co-founded the PS International Short Film Festival and co-founded the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. he spoke in Palm Springs during AMDOCS with     ...

VIDEO: Ted Green's Eva A-7063 screened at AMDOCS

Eva A-7063 a documentary film by Ted Green, Mika Brown and WFYI about Eva Mozes Kor’s story of survival in Auschwitz!.   As a 10-year-old “Mengele Twin,” Eva Kor suffered some of the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. Now in her 80s, she circles the globe to promote the lesson her journey has taught: Healing through forgiveness.   Eva is a triumph of hope, and this film is her legacy piece. "Eva is mo...

The AMDOCS Program April 2

  9:30 am (PROGRAM 44)  Location: Camelot Theatres Details: ​ ​11:00 am (PROGRAM 45) Ocean Stories The Halls 2018, USA, 21min. / Defend, Conserve, Protect, AUSTRALIA, 76min. Location: Camelot Theatres Details: The fight for the environment begins and ends with humans, the same species contributing to the destruction of the planet. ​ 11:30 am (PROGRAM 46) Street Dreams, USA, 2min. / Patron Saint Of Jazz Fest, USA, 17min. / 9at38, SOUTH KOREA, 18...

VIDEO: A blast at Bombay Beach, East Jesus and Salvation Mountain

  During the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs we took a short car trip towards Salton Sea (the largest lake in California, 890km²) It is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault. We headed then towards Bombay Beach, how could you resist to what that name inspires as a destination in the desert, we  went to the cheesy colorful Salvation Mountain and finished our trip at the nearby art garden East Jesus!.  ...

The AmDocs program Monday April 1

9:30 am          (PROGRAM 31) Location: Camelot Theatres Details: ​ ​ 11:00 am (PROGRAM 32) Love Birds, USA, 8min. / I Am No Bird, USA, 23min. / Whisper Rapture, USA, 36min. / Under Her Wings, USA, 34min.  Location: Camelot Theatres Details: Nature, Music and Love calling. ​ ​11:30 am         (PROGRAM 33) Where Are The Stars, USA, 4min. / The Beeman, AUSTRALIA, 8min....


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Grouya Teddy
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An award winning filmmaker who directs the American Documentary Film Festival, one of the largest docs only festivals in the United States.



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