LONDON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL at BFI Stephen Street on March 24-25, 2021

Truth: Stranger than Fiction

Facts aren’t always facts, and “alternative facts” don't always lie.


In a world where “truth” is carefully curated, filtered, and viewed through the lens of social media, often the only difference between truth and fiction lies in the perspective through which one views the world.


Documentary films offer a fascinating peephole into a particular reality, at a certain time of a certain person's life. Whether in the form of an expository, a poem, an essay, an observational piece, whether it's dramatized, animated, or based on interviews, documentary films all have a message to send.


How can we make a difference in the world?


Documentary films are not just an avenue through which we can observe real life; they also serve to inform, educate, and critique. They are valuable creations in a day and age where media is increasingly curated and so much more homogenous.


That is why Doc.London welcomes all of the above forms of documentary film-making, and even more so, those that transcend boundaries to move fluidly between one and more styles.


Ours is a new annual film festival featuring work from around the world by up and coming artists, showcasing innovative independent cinema with all selected films inviting viewers to learn and ponder.


To inspire, motivate, and award new talent, the Doc.London film festival will take place at BFI STEPHEN STREET.


Join us on March 24-25, 2021.



Doc.London is part of Doc.World, a new global network of Documentary Film Festivals, with festivals in London, Berlin, Ghent and Boston.

As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts, these documentary festivals will bring diverse international films to our community and showcase the best regional and international filmmakers.

Take a look at Doc.BerlinDoc.Boston, and Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival.

previous festivals



Call for entries: 2021 edition


Submit you documentary film now on our Film Freeway page. Read more >

Documentary Film Exchange


From 2020 onwards, the Doc.World festivals will team up for an annual documentary film exchange. One film from each festival's official selection will be screened at the other festivals.

A look at Doc.Berlin's 2019 edition


We are pleased to announce that Doc.Berlin had its successful first run in what will hopefully become a long and rewarding tradition. Check out some behind the scenes photos below:

Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival 2019


The Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival Ghent kicked off its 11th edition with a full house for the premiere of 'Doel' by Frederik Sǿlberg, a Danish documentary on the Belgian ghost town Doel. Special guests of the 2019 edition also included Rob Maas, Lander Haverals, Annick Timmermans and Bénédicte Liénard who all introduced their work during the festival.. Check out some photos below:




MARCH 24, 2021

Line-up to be announced.

MARCH 25, 2021

Line-up to be announced.



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We accept short and feature documentary films up to 120 minutes. Click here to submit your film.

The Doc.London Documentary Film Festival accepts documentaries in all forms. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen MP4 & MOV.


EXHIBITION & SCREENING Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Doc.London Documentary Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Doc.London Documentary Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Doc.London Documentary Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Doc.London Documentary Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Doc.London Documentary Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Doc.London Documentary Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Doc.London Documentary
 Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.


The filmmaker holds the Doc.London Documentary Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.



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Screenings on March 24-25, 2021 at BFI STEPHEN STREET:

21 Stephen Street


London W1T 1LN

United Kingdom



120 High Road

East Finchley

N2 9ED London

United Kingdom



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