Ever been to a film festival where one film seems to pick up all the awards, despite other deserving contenders? At Outer Docs we use ranked choice voting, ensuring that each of our awards goes to different films!
Films are judged by a jury of passionate, creative and dedicated indie filmmakers who know what is like to dare to be different.
We love great films, but we really love great films with great filmmakers in attendance. Filmmakers who attend Outer Docs, whether local or from out of town will be treated with gracious hospitality!
We celebrate the strange, different and unusual and invite documentary films of all styles and subjects.
Don't like paying fees? Neither do we. So we keep them low.
Yes, that's right! We know filmmaking takes a lot of time, energy and money, so we are proud to be one of a small group of festivals where top winners WALK AWAY WITH CASH PRIZES. (And a pretty cool trophy too!)
Winning an certificate is great, but it's just not the same as a tangible prize. Check out our Black Rocket Award, a unique, hand-crafted trophy customized for each winning film. (And yes, you get laurels and and IMDb listing too.)
There may be a certain glamour associated with large festivals, but at the end of the day, multiple screens means that films compete for audience attention. At Outer Docs we run all our films one-at-a-time ensuring an inclusive, cohesive and memorable filmmaker and audience experience.