The California Film Institute (CFI) is launching the DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival, with the inaugural edition scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 to Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Marin County, California.
DOCLANDS programming team announced the Festival’s Call for Entries for traditional and innovative feature length (40 + minutes) and short documentary films. The widely respected and talented team behind DocLands includes Mark Fishkin (Founder of the internationally known Mill Valley Film Festival and Executive Director/Founder of the California Film Institute (CFI)) along with Director of Programming, Joni Cooper (former Program Director, Banff Mountain Festival and Banff World Media Festival), Janis Plotkin (Senior Film Programmer, Mill Valley Film Festival and former Co-Director of the SF Jewish Film Festival), and Kelly Clement (Documentary Film Programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Film Programmer for the Denver Film Festival and Film Studies & Video Production Instructor at the University of New Mexico, Taos).
Expanding upon the exchange of ideas and inspiration through public screenings, engaged conversations and grassroots networking events, DOCLANDS aims to build an active, involved, fully supportive community around documentary film, dedicated to initiating connections and partnerships that will illuminate and invigorate the business and art of non-fiction filmmaking. The Festival will showcase documentary films in a variety of genres and a diversity of content.
DOCLANDS regular submission period begins Friday, January 6th and ends Friday, March 17th, 2017. Entries will only be accepted via upload through the Film Freeway submission platform. No DVDs or external links will be considered. Presentation formats accepted are 35mm and DCP.
“Despite the current challenges to independent filmmaking, it is an exciting time for documentaries — and without question, documentaries are more important now than ever,” said Mark Fishkin. “From capturing the beauty of our fragile planet and its undeniable connection to mankind’s quality of life, to subject matter that has direct impact on the most pressing issues of our time, whether widely known or acknowledged, documentary filmmakers are searching for truth through storytelling. It is an innate need of humans to share stories and filmmakers are expanding the definition of documentary form in ways that are both creative and entertaining.”
Festival screenings will be held in Mill Valley at the CinéArts Sequoia and San Rafael at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center.