CPH:DOX

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. CPH:DOX was founded in 2003. Supported by film professionals as well as the national press, CPH:DOX grew from 12,000 admissions in its first year to a record-breaking total of 114,400 admissions in 2019.

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About

CPH:DOX continues to develop and expand, presenting a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The program goes beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines and media, offering perspectives on creative crossovers between cinema, television and media art.
The best film festival in and for the world. We insist on freeing the transformative potential of art and documentary films, that is the potential to have a direct impact on the social context. The appealing form of the documentary films allows for the communication of complicated problems in an intimate, reflective and profound manner. And no matter whether the topic is political, philosophical, experimental or focused on a narrow section of the world, documentary film expands and questions the viewer’s conception of the world.

CPH:DOX doesn’t just show documentary films – we anchor them in social context through debates, artist talks, events and masterclasses. In the hope of creating real social transformation, CPH:DOX establishes a space for reflection, dialogue and opinion across the population, and with that making sure that the films and the problems they pose stay with the viewers long after they leave the cinema.
More than just a film festival. During the eleven days of the festival, CPH:DOX also presents concerts, art exhibitions, five whole days of professional seminars, a screening market, and the international financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM, as well as the film production program CPH:LAB and much more.

Submissions

Films that have premiered after April 1, 2021, are eligible to apply. Submission to the Festival is open to short and feature length documentaries, experimental documentaries and innovative visual documentary productions for digital media.
The Festival gives priority to World and International Premieres.
Films that have already been shown in Denmark or on national Danish television, or have been available on VOD platforms accessible from Denmark, are not eligible for selection unless specific authorisation has been given by the CPH:DOX selection committee.

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Programme

RESET! The main theme of CPH:DOX 2021 is dedicated to the social, cultural and political changes that shape and change the world right now – and to the possible solutions.

Dox:Award
Festival’s international competition.

F:Act Award
Dedicated to films between documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism.

Nordic:Dox Award
The best and brightest in non-fiction filmmaking from the nordic countries.

Next:Wave Award
Competition for emerging international artists and filmmakers.

Politiken Danish:Dox Award
Films nominated by Politiken.

Industry

CPH:DOX offers a vibrant platform for professionals to meet their peers, exchange knowledge, build networks, strengthen their careers and advance their business. Through our special approach to documentary as an art form with a strong voice in society, we connect professionals at several levels and from across many different fields such as film, art, creative technology, science, journalism and social impact.

Industry Programme:
Forum
Market
Conference
Lab
Symposium
Talents
Hub

Students

CPH:DOX’s educational programme UNG:DOX (i.e. YOUTH:DOX) offers the documentary film festival experience within an educational context for a young audience with up to 50 unique screenings during the 12 days of the festival. UNG:DOX provides educational talks and debates as well as educational materials in relation to screenings of documentary films for teachers and students in primarily high school. We encourage teachers and their students to partake in educational screenings and talks in cinemas and cultural institutions in Copenhagen, but also in selected cities across the country.