Submissions to city’s documentary film fest reach new high with 3,208 works

BY :Molly Wong, Louis Berney

UPDATED :September 11, 2018


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This year's Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC), to be held at the Guangzhou Library from December 10 to 13, has received 3,208 entries from 122 regions and countries. Among this year’s submissions, more than half (54%) are from overseas, according to the organizing committee.

The festival reaches a record high and ranks second in the world this year in terms of the number of films collected. The 2017 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) had 3,682 entries, while this year's Canadian Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival received 3,060 entries.

As to the countries and regions participating in this year, Spain, the United States and India made the top three in the list of submitting works. European countries have 1,273 submissions, second to Asia’s 1,422. Most come here to compete for the festival’s Golden Kapok Award, the organizing committee said.

It is worth mentioning that 53 countries and regions along the Belt and Road submitted a total of 65 works for the festival, such as Jordan, Laos, Maldives, Vietnam, and so on.

The festival's organizing committee also released that this year's evaluation and collection work has undergone changes. More foreign documentary filmmakers are aware of the Guangzhou event and have taken the initiative to register on the festival’s official platform. More internationally renowned publishers have negotiated with the organizing committee and reached long-term cooperative agreements to continuously provide avant-garde and high-quality works for the evaluation, screening and storage of films.

GZDOC began in 2003 and aims at building a professional platform to facilitate exchanges between China and the global documentary film community. The festival connects domestic and international producers, distributors and broadcasters and promotes Chinese documentaries. GZDOC is not only a state-level documentary film expo with the longest history in China, but also the largest documentary film festival in Asia.