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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! 
, @AmDocFilmFest


Wings and Awards from Palm Springs for AMDOCS 2019 wrap

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 and Guy Kennedy   ...

Video: 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 ...

Video:mdocs 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....

The AmDocs program Sunday march 31

Sunday, March 31, Palm Springs Cultural Center, Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road ​ 11:00 am (PROGRAM 18)  Written In Stone, South Korea, 18min. / Sheep Seasons, USA, 17min. / Cricket Liu, CHINA, 18min. / The Family In Sinkhole, CHINA, 70min.  Location: Camelot Theatres Details: Stunningly ethnographic looks on cultures sometimes unknown. ​ 11:30 am (PROGRAM 19)   Better Man, USA, 14min. / The Mayor, USA, 22min. / 25 Steps, US...

VIDEO: Clint Arthur Filmmaker Interview during his party at Howard Hughes former mansion in Palm Springs

Clint directed andproduced Celebrity Entrepreneur USA  / Dick Thornton / 52 min. WORLD PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 6:30 pm, Camelot Theatres  PROGRAM 27 & Thursday, April 4, 4:30 pm, Camelot Theatres, Program 77   Go behind the scenes as Clint Arthur transf...

Farmers Market by the Amdocs' hotspot and Camelot Theatres

Check the snow on top of th emountain behind, which has not melted yet, seldom in this season! ...

Interview with Tom White (IDA) one of Amdocs expert panelist and moderator

Tom White is the editor of Documentary magazine, the print and online publication of the IDA, and a contributor to several other publications.  The IDA offers a wide range of opportunities for documentarians of all experience levels to grow professionally by enhancing their knowledge of the craft and business of nonfiction filmmaking. In this interview with Bruno Chatelin, shot in Palm Springs, between two panel sessions at AmDocs, Tom White accepted to share ...

The AmDocs program Saturday march 30

Saturday, March 30, Palm Springs, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs Cultural Center (CAMELOT THEATRES) ​ 11:00 am  (PROGRAM 5) Children Of The Soil, INDIA, 4min. / Hearts Of Glass, USA, 68min. Location: Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theatres) Details: Super inspiring alternatives to sustainable farming. ​ 11:30 am  (PROGRAM 6) Is the Dinosaur-Apocalypse Story Wrong?, USA, 3min. / Gods From Space, USA, 5min. / Child Of The Earth, SWITZERLAND, 12m...

Guests and filmmakers at Amdocs 2019...See you all in Palm Springs

The Faces of #AmDocs2019. Filmmakers and special guests. And in certain instances, the subjects of some of the 200+ amazing #documentary #films in this year's lineup. The 8th Annual American Documentary Film Festival is set to begin this Friday in #PalmSprings is happy to cover. ​ Geoff Callan is an award winning director, producer, and accomplished actor with over 25 years of experience in film, television, advertising, and New Media. ​ ​ ​As Senior Ma...

American Documentary Film Fund

In addition to our annual 7-day film festival, we are proud to share the American Documentary Film Fund with independent American filmmakers who will participate and compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress.  An amount up to $50,000 may be awarded or distributed in any given year.  (View our past Film Fund winners.) ​ A panel of film industry professionals will review a select group of documentary filmmaker projects for...

AMDOCS 2019 Line Up T to Z

American Documentary Film Festival Official Selections (T thru Z)   TICKETS Are Available For All Shows By Looking On This List, Mark Your Pick(s) And Then Find And Purchase Here Or At Theatre.         ...

AMDOCS 2019 Line Up M to S

2019 American Documentary Film Festival Official Selections (M thru S)     TICKETS Are Available For All Shows By Looking On This List, Mark Your Pick(s) And Then Find And Purchase Here Or At Theatre.     ...

AMDOCS 2019 Line Up A to L

1500 Miles In 23 Days CHINA / Veronica Wangshen  / 30min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 5:00 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 40 ​ Struggling with the professional stagnation,...

Mingle at Amdocs with some of the industry veterans attending and speaking

AmDocs takes pride in creating an environment of collegiality for all, where filmmakers and industry guests see films together and socialize together.  Except where there are issues of judging ethics, we hope that all have access to each other, where dynamic creativity and vision are actualized.  Please see our guests for 2019. ​                                      Bruno Chatelin co...

March 30 and 31 Industry panels at AMDOCS 2019

In the heart of downtown Palm Springs, our banners are up, welcoming geusts and filmmakers, movie lovers, visitors & friends to #AmDocs2019. Don't miss 7 days of documentary film fun in sunny #PalmSprings. The 8th annual fest is March 29 thru April 4. Tickets:  2019 Filmmaker Panels and Industry Guests   Our complete list of Official Selections for the Eighth Annual American Documentary Film Festival is now finalized. We hav...

March 29 The Opening Events at Amdocs with Native People's Selection

Schedule for Friday, March 29 Friday, March 29, Palm Springs, 2300 E. Baristo Road, CAMELOT THEATRES    9:30 am American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Competition (Presented by Synimatica) FREE                Location: Camelot Theatres Details: See some of today's hottest filmmakers compete for funds as they share a trailer teaser and then field questions.  ​ 11:00 am&n...

Official Hotels of AmDocs 2019 – the V Palm Springs and The Vagabond Inn.

The V Palm Springs is a beautiful property nestled at the foot of the breathtaking San Jacinto Mountains, the V captures the original Palm Springs vibe with its glamorous mid-century modern design mixed with the natural elements of the desert.  The 140 room hotel features two sparkling pools which includes a new salt-water pool, and two large spa-Jacuzzis.  The spacious rooms are all fitted with luxurious beds, flat-screen televisions, sizable bathrooms with ex... happy to cover AmDocs 2019 for our audience

Guy Kennedy and Bruno Chatelin, filmfestivals Co-Founders will be attending the festival and offering coverage. Good luck to all filmakers see you onstage for the awards  :-) PS we created a fun ad for this event: check it out! ...


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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