Angeles Documentaries is an international festival that celebrates one of the most difficult genre to produce : documentaries. We are accepting documentaries any length from any country and we screen the winners in Los Angeles.

Documentaries request high level quality writing, an exceptional production coordination, and a smart budget management. And we didn’t start talking about talent yet…

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This festival is to be focused on this type of films. You will have specific recognition for the documentary you made, in a festival dedicated to documentaries.

Why is this so important ? Because sometimes, documentaries are just another category in some film festivals. We think documentaries deserve more attention, and we want to contribute giving it to them.



We are seeking for original documentaries, that can explore the world for us, bring some issues and analysis to the table, whether you shot it with a DSLR or a top 4K+ camera.

We accept all themes and langage. If not english speaking we require english subtitles.



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2018 got 2 screenings already :

  • the May screening with a selection of the best of the best of the past year, and QnAs
  • the July screening with the winners of the 5th edition.


The festival gathers many talents and screens each winning documentaries after the results of the edition are announced.

The winners will be invited on stage to claim their Certificate award they will take back home.

The program will include a public presentation of each documentary by their team representatives and a QnA.

Once a year, winners and selected filmmakers will be invited to a networking during the yearly event, to help you connect with other nominees, attendees, producers, directors.



Every documentary must be minimum 3 minutes.
Must be in english, or with english subtitle.
Your documentary may be any genre, any topic, any length.
Entries are not refundable.
If you submit to the wrong category, your submission will be re-afected to the right category if the fee corresponds.
Multiple entries are accepted.
The festival may not screen your documentary if you do not attend the event.

Your documentary may be :

  • animal
  • history
  • about people
  • about places
  • news report
  • covering an event, a company, a mission…
  • social related, politics, economics
  • about any form of art…

You get it : we accept all type of documentary.



Here are some tips to increase your chances. These listed elements are not mandatory, but they will enlighten some good practices.

  • Use smart captions
  • Burn your subtitles with the names and relevant informations of the people talking on screen
  • Edit your interviews to make the most of it
  • Include some graphic design if this is relevant to your subject
  • We accept the use of historical footage
  • Have a clear narrative direction
  • If you use a voice over, make it relevant to your narrative choices and watch out for the writing
  • Make-it-short.


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The festival was created in 2016 under the name “Short Docs, High Def”. We only accepted short documentaries at the time. Then, in order to respond to the demand, we extended the festival to any length and we changed the name into Angeles Documentaries as we secured a location for the next years to come.