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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: 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

He lives in a magical animal kingdom in the heart of Beijing. His closest friends are a fashion-conscious Pekinese who eats from chopsticks, a curious cockatoo, a thirsty lizard, a rabbit, a turtle and a mynah bird who, with just a little prompting, tells him to “Have a beer”. He is famous, far beyond Beijing, for the unlikeliest of reasons: for the past 20 years, he has been talking about crickets. He's one of the last masters of the 1,500-year-old Chinese art of cricket fighting. A steady stream of foreign tourists arrive at his house to watch him stage fearsome matches and listen to him regale them with tales of valor and victory. Grateful tour guides congratulate Cricket Liu on another great performance and press pretty red envelopes with wads of cash into his hands.  It’s a charmed existence, but the one thing he wants most in life remains forever just beyond his grasp.


About American Documentary Film Festival

Grouya Teddy
(American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund)

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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