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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 11th annual event takes place  April 7-11, 2022. 

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.

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AWARDS 2022 Announcement Closing night

    Interview with POWERLANDS Director Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, one of the awarded by AMDOCS A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.     ...

AMDOCS 11th Annual April 7-11 2022

Welcome to the AMDOCS 2022  In person Teddy Grouya introducing for us:   Watch the trailer with all extracts from the film The opening night followed by an after party. Roger Corman and his wife honored by the Festival and the audience with Myriam Brough producer and Bertrand Tessier film director of "The pope of the pop Cinema". We will be filling in soon with more information.   After party with Roger Corman The team is enjoying the f...

New Feature Length Documentary About Acclaimed Russian Film Star Oleg Vidov to Screen at 11th AMDOCS

New Feature Length Documentary About Acclaimed Russian Film Star Oleg Vidov to Screen at 11th American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) April 11th   The film features the Brian Cox (Succession) and Costa Ronin (Homeland, The Endgame) as it explores the life and the daring escape to the West by the once famous and much beloved Soviet film actor in his quest for personal and creative freedom away from the dictatorial totalitarian regime of the USSR. Los Ang...

The great Roger Corman opens AMDOCS : watch our exclusive video interview

"Roger Corman, Pope Of Pop Cinema" will open the 11th edition of AMDOCS met with the team at Santa Barbara Fest earlier this year: check our interview.   Many award-winning directors took their first steps while working for him, from Francis Coppola to Ron Howard, as well as Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante. He influenced the New Hollywood and contemporary moviemaking to such an extent tha...

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival for 11th Annual is Back in Person This Year

Announcing the 11th Annual American Documentary And Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) will be back in person for 2022, featuring well over 200 documentary and animated works from around the world, April 7th-April 11th. The cost for the all-access pass to AmDocs 2022 is just $169, giving one carte blanche to all programs, including the Opening Night,   Roger Corman on the set. April 7-11 ...

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.   ...


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