ABOUT DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS FILM FESTIVAL

As a dedicated Documentary filmmaker, you have an important message: Deliver it to the people that matter! 
Docs Without Borders Film Festival (DWBFF) is a festival dedicated to DOCUMENTARIES and DOCU-DRAMAS ONLY! And we are the ONLY festival with a separate category for Docu-dramas. 
-Guaranteed distributor review by World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation (WWMPC.COM) for features, and Adler & Associates for shorts and features, AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU, , for our select few "Best Of Show’" and "Award of Outstanding Excellence" winners based on sufficient qualified entries. For this FREE service, DOFIFF requires NO CONTRACTS to be signed. 
-The chance to thereby be included in one of that distributor’s buyers’ packets on the world film market. 
-FREE Earlybird entry of any rejected film, into DWBFF’s next competition, upon completion of the suggested corrections outlined in your rejection letter. 
-$10 discount for ALL STUDENT FILM ENTRIES IN THE 6 MAJOR CATEGORIES regardless of deadline status (proof required of student status at time of filming: no refunds if your ID is not legitimate). 
-Sub-category awards available at reduced rates (cinematography, editing, original score, research, etc.) 
-Unique Documentary Category distinctions: Environmental, Human Spirit, Biographies, Social Issues, Wildlife, Docu-drama shorts, and Docu-drama features. 
-Available  later  this year: Top Winners will have the opportunity, as an  OPTION,  to play their important documentary films on an ON-DEMAND BASIS,  on  our  exclusive,  subscription-based Entertainment Network, WRPN.TV.

We offer a unique opportunity to promote your documentary's message on WRPN.TV  to a world-wide community of film fans from 50+ countries, as well  as  distributors, that filmmakers would not normally have access to.
As the online 'virtual theatre' for DWBFF, WRPN.TV boasts a large subscription  base of viewers, and takes advantage of the popular wave
of information dissemination of world issues through the internet.
You will retain full rights to your work while using this wonderful outlet to get your message out there to the world.

-Rejected films also have the opportunity for Feedback: The one element most festivals ignore. 
Instead of paying submission fees and getting nothing in return, EVERYONE who submits to DWBFF will receive one of two benefits: Either 1): your film is already competition calibre, and gets accepted as an Official Selection, OR 2): you’ll receive a letter outlining exactly what is keeping it from being accepted. If you can make corrections, you resubmit for FREE. 
While most festivals never give any explanation at all for a rejection, we strive to help filmmakers improve their festival acceptance rates and therefore, their marketability. 
DWBFF is run as a web-based competition, instead of a traditional film festival: 100% of our effort and investment goes into finding a market for you, not into renting theatres unless it is dictated by the distributors to further test the market. New distribution company connections are actively petitioned. 
Finally, you can rest assured that our co-founder is a proud Committee Member for the Universal Film & Festival Organization (UFFO.ORG). The UFFO is a non-profit operating out of the U.K., which exists for "Promoting best business practices for film festivals.” This guarantees that your film will benefit from a fair and thorough judging process.

AWARDS & PRIZES

DWBFF, in cooperation with our distribution colleagues, is proud to offer guaranteed distributor review to the top winners in the 6 major categories at these award levels*:

"Best Of Show" 
"Award of Outstanding Excellence"

*(Please note: If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, DOFIFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category.)

Other award levels include: 
"Award Of Excellence" 
"Award Of Exceptional Merit" 
"Award Of Merit" 
"Kudos Endeavor Award"

Sub-category awards are available for cinematography, research, original concept, editing, viewer impact, and many others.

RULES & TERMS

DWBFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for competition at the Festival for promotional purposes. 
A brief clip of winning entries may also be streamed on the Docs Without Borders Film Festival website and WRPN.TV. 
Submitting your film to DWBFF automatically puts you on our mailing list, to receive emails from DWBFF and WRPN.TV, so that you will be informed of developments regarding the status of your film. This mailing list is private and will not be shared with any third parties. You may unsubscribe at any time at the risk of missing pertinent information regarding your film. 
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. 
The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries. 
DVD's will not be returned. 
Submissions in other than English must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript. 
If there is insufficient competition within any particular category, DWBFF reserves the right to withdraw a "Best Of" presentation in that particular category. 
Filmmakers who enter only discounted sub-categories, but no major categories, are not eligible for "Best Of Show" award level. 
In order to insure that each film is studied and rated an individual basis, DWBFF has instituted a system to insure that entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits. For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves: each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system. We want to insure that the judges’ focus is on you when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU. 
Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award. 
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season; Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels. 
The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. 
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS FILM FESTIVAL, WRPN.TV, and ROMAN PICTURES from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. 
Submitting filmmakers whom have in any way been associated with Roman Pictures, WRPN.TV, or any of the executive producers for the above mentioned organizations, will be disqualified due to conflict of interest, and any submission fees will be refunded. The filmmaker hereby asserts that no such association with executive producers for Roman Pictures or WRPN.TV exists or has existed in the past.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Opening Date
  • Earlybird Deadline
  • Regular Deadline
  • Late Deadline
  • Extended Deadline
  • Notification Date