The International Documentary Challenge has been so successful because of its high-profile partners. The following organizations fully support the mission and concept of the Doc Challenge and help us screen and distribute the films to audiences across the world.
Doc Challenge Presenting Partners
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto hosts the premiere of the Doc Challenge finalists and the awards ceremony every year. Hot Docs is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market. The next festival takes place April 25 - May 05, 2013.
P.O.V., the award-winning series produced by American Documentary for PBS, presents a special $1,000 cash award to a Doc Challenge film, streams it on their Web site and potentially broadcasts it nationally. See last year's winner, "Sound of Vision", on the P.O.V. website.
Documentary Educational Resources (DER) presents a special $1,000 cash award to a film along with a distribution contract. Since 1968, DER has been producing, distributing and promoting quality ethnographic and documentary films from around the world. Watch past DER Winner, The Greasy Pole. (Now being made into a feature length film with help from DER.)
DocuMentors will present a special award to the Best Film winner consisting of free services worth $1,500. This special award includes a 1-year membership subscription, one-on-one mentoring and tutorials. Documentors is a comprehensive on-line resource for how to make documentaries, giving insider info and all the tools needed to help you raise the bar of your documentary filmmaking career.
The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is a big supporter of the Doc Challenge and has helped promote and screen many Doc Challenge films. DOC is the collective voice of independent documentary filmmakers across Canada. It is a member-driven organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing the art form of documentary filmmaking.
Since 1982, the International Documentary Association has worked to promote nonfiction film and video, support the efforts of documentary film and video makers around the world and increase public appreciation for the documentary form. The IDA was the first official partner of the International Documentary Challenge.
Each February, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana showcases their favorite picks from the previous year's Doc Challenge. Created in 2004, Big Sky celebrates the art of nonfiction film by giving voice to the powerful ideas that come forth in documentary.
Dokufest, an international Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film event in the newly independent country of Kosovo. The Festival is organized in August in the picturesque and historical town of Prizren which attracts numerous international and regional artists. Dokufest hosts a screening of Doc Challenge films each year.
The Doc Challenge was born out of Doug Whyte's work with the 48 Hour Film Project. The 48HFP is a wild and sleepless weekend in which filmmaking teams make a fiction movie in just 48 hours. Approximately 30,000 filmmakers made films in 70 cities around the world in the 2008 competition!
Docs In Progress is non-profit organization in Silver Spring, MD dedicated to empowering independent documentary filmmakers. They do this through a variety of programs and services, including work-in-progress screenings, training classes, professional development workshops, private consultations, and an e-newsletter and blog.