American Documentary Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: American Documentary Film Festival

SINCE: 2012

WHERE: Palm Springs, California, USA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs). Founder Teddy Grouya desired to create a forum to celebrate and promote documentary film - and the independent filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues. Created in 2011, AmDocs takes place annually in Palm Springs, CA, just 90 minutes east of Hollywood and with a proven track record of viewing audiences that support independent film.

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CAT SHOW and AMERICA RECYCLED Win Top Awards at American Documentary Film Festival

CAT SHOW and AMERICA RECYCLED Win Top Awards at American Documentary Film Festival

  The 4th annual edition of The American Documentary Film Festival (AMDocs) called it a wrap on Monday, March 30, 2015, with its signature Closing Night Mystery Screening and Film Festival Awards Presentation. Director Peter Bogdanovich was the recipient of the 2015 Filmmaker Who Makes a Difference Award, Dr. Ronni Sanlo (the subject of the film, LETTER TO ANITA) was the recipient of the 2015 Rozene Supple Humanitarian Award, and the film,SPARTANS, was the recipient […]

Attention Filmmakers: American Documentary Film Festival Launches 2015 Call for Entries

Attention Filmmakers: American Documentary Film Festival Launches 2015 Call for Entries

american documentary film festival

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) is launching its 2015 Call for Entries, inviting documentary filmmakers around the world to submit feature-length documentaries, documentary shorts, and animated shorts. 

Named “One of the World’s Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” by MovieMaker magazine in 2013, and then “One of the World’s Five Coolest Documentary Film Festivals,” by the same publication later that year, AmDocs takes place in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Ideally located 90 minutes east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing audience and a proven track record of supporting independent films. 

RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE to Screen at American Documentary Film Festival

RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE to Screen at American Documentary Film Festival

 RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE

RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE will screen at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California,  on March 28, 2014.  This cinematic adventure explores the compelling life of a modern day renaissance man and true hero to the earth. Hyde is an old style cowboy and steadfast conservationist who dedicated his life to protecting the wild horses, land, and water of the American West.  RUNNING WILD is a captivating story of determination and accomplishment, featuring wild mustangs running free on Hyde’s breathtaking 13,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota, and scenes shot at his beautiful Yamsi Ranch in Oregon and boyhood lake house in Michigan. RUNNING WILD is directed by Emmy Award winner Suzanne Mitchell and is executive produced by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. The film garnered awards for best documentary at several festivals where it received standing ovations, as audiences were awed and inspired by Hyde’s passion. 

FORGET ME NOT; An Intimate Chronicle of the Filmmaker’s Mother, and Her Battle With Alzheimer’s to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

FORGET ME NOT; An Intimate Chronicle of the Filmmaker’s Mother, and Her Battle With Alzheimer’s to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

 FORGET ME NOT, David Sieveking

When David Sieveking left home to study filmmaking, he left behind parents who were active, intelligent and involved. Several years later, on a visit home for Christmas, he noticed that his once spirited mother, Gretal, had become somewhat hesitant, and overly forgetful. Shortly after that came the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease – a particularly aggressive case that, over the next four years left Gretal unable to remember many things, unable to care for herself, and unable to be left alone. 

American Documentary Film Festival to Screen “God Loves Uganda,” by Academy Award Winning Director, Roger Ross Williams

American Documentary Film Festival to Screen “God Loves Uganda,” by Academy Award Winning Director, Roger Ross Williams

GOD LOVES UGANDA

Although Uganda’s President Museveni claimed he was signing the country’s controversial anti-gay bill into law to fight liberal cultural imperialism by the West, the reality is that he may have actually signed the bill into law as a direct result of just the opposite: conservative cultural imperialism by America’s Christian Right. Possible? Academy Award-Winning Director Roger Ross Williams explores exactly that theory in his documentary GOD LOVES UGANDA at the American Documentary Film Festival which opens on Thursday, March 27th and continues through Monday, March 31st, 2014.

Polish Documentary, DEEP LOVE to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

Polish Documentary, DEEP LOVE to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

 Polish documentary, DEEP LOVE

The 2014 edition of the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will screen a number of award-winning international films, including the acclaimed Polish documentary, DEEP LOVE. DEEP LOVE is a story of Dr. Janusz Solarz (Soley), an active economist, researcher and lawyer, and an avid scuba diver. Life for Soley is filled with passion and promise until suddenly, at age 58, he suffers a debilitating stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed and unable to communicate clearly. Rehabilitation and recovery proves difficult, despite the assistance of his partner, Asia, a water therapist who works with disabled children, and is an active diver herself. Over the course of three years, Soley begins to regain some mobility, but not enough to reclaim his passion for diving – especially not his big dream of returning to one of the most dangerous diving locations on earth – the perilous Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

Theatrical Premieres abound this year at American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AMDOCS); Films Redefine the Art of Storytelling

Theatrical Premieres abound this year at American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AMDOCS); Films Redefine the Art of Storytelling

57º NORTH, ALUMBRONES, RACING HEARTS, 2014 American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund

When it opens in Palm Springs, California, on March 27th, 2014, the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will begin a five five day schedule of over 120 documentary films from around the world. That schedule includes a record number of theatrical premieres – fifteen World Premieres, twenty-five North American Premieres and twenty US premieres. 

THE LAST ONE, a New Documentary about the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

THE LAST ONE, a New Documentary about the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Screen at 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

The Last One directed by Nadine Licostie

The 2014 American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund will screen THE LAST ONE – a look at the AIDS quilt and those who wove the panels. In the eighties and nineties, as AIDS ravaged the United States gay community, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was born out of a public battle for treatment and understanding. THE LAST ONE is a feature-length documentary tracing its history as an international art project and the role it continues to play as a response to a disease that still imperils vulnerable communities around the world.

Oliver Stone Among Filmmakers Attending 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

Oliver Stone Among Filmmakers Attending 2014 American Documentary Film Festival

Oliver Stone, Oliver Stone

The American Documentary Film Festival taking place March 27 to 31, 2014 in Coachella Valley, California, announced an impressive number of award-winning filmmakers planning on attending this year’s festival, including several Oscar-winning Directors. Oliver Stone, 3 time Oscar-winner and 2012 AmDocs career achievement award recipient, leads an impressive array of filmmakers planning to attend, including John Avildsen (Best Director Oscar: Rocky), Oscar-winner Roger Ross Williams, 2 time Oscar winner, Canadian filmmaker, Malcolm Clarke, as well as Canadian filmmaker Chris Landreth (Oscar winner for animation). Other award-winning international filmmakers include Robert Kirchhoff (Slovakia),  Iben Haahr Andersen (Denmark), Alex Breuer (Austria),  Laurent Haase (France), and Jan P. MatuszyŸski (Poland).