John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

 MDOCS Student Doc Festival

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 26, 2017 | Download Application



The MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute invites submissions in a variety of media (film, photography, audio, and more) to its first Student Documentary Festival, which will take place as a part of the Institute's 2017 Festosium. Held June 8-11 on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Festosium will feature filmmakers, photographers, audio creators, visual artists, and multimedia artists presenting recent documentary works that engage with our 2017 theme “Space and Place.”

The deadline for submission is March 26, 2017. All work selected for the Student Documentary Festival is eligible for cash prizes of up to $500 and comes with an invitation to join us for the Festosium weekend, where students will participate in Festosium activities and be able to interact with documentarians at various stages in their careers.

Theme: We welcome evidence-based works that engage with this year’s Storytellers' Institute theme “Space and Place.” Documentary has the power to transport audiences to, and then guide them through, places they have never been or places they can experience anew. From the expansive beauty of Yosemite to the constrained lives of Japanese Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Center photographed by Ansel Adams, documentary can refocus our gaze or open our ears to new understandings and insights into undiscovered or familiar spaces.



Submission Deadline: all submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Cost: There is no submission fee.

Media/Format: Documentary submissions in a variety of media, including video, photography, audio, and mapping are encouraged. If you’ve created an app that tells an evidence-based story, or another outside-the-box project, please consider submitting it.

Prizes: Three cash prizes of $500, $250, and $250 will be awarded to three documentaries chosen by our Jury.



Undergraduate: All submissions must have been completed while enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate program on or after January 1, 2014. (We will accept submissions from students who have already graduated, but whose work was made as an undergraduate on or after January 1, 2014.)

Length: The maximum length of time-based media is 30 minutes.

Language: Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, as long as they include English subtitles.

Copyright: In order to avoid copyright infringements, the submitted films must not include any material under copyright (logos, etc.), must use music that is royalty free, in the public domain, or available under Creative Commons license. All works must abide by the Center for Media & Social Impact's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video.

Submission limit: One submission per person.



All submissions must include (1) Completed Application Form and (2) Link, attachment or another means to view/hear/see the work. 

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You will be notified by email whether or not your work has been selected for the 2017 Student Documentary Festival. Our notification deadline is May 2, 2017, but is subject to change.

For questions, please contact