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One film, one award:

At Outer Docs, we believe in recognizing as many deserving films as possible. We use ranked choice voting, ensuring that each of our ten different awards goes to a different film!

Our judges are real filmmakers: 

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 our local and visiting filmmakers: 

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're open:

We celebrate the strange, different and unusual and invite documentary films of all styles and subjects.

Low submission fees:

Don't like paying fees? Neither do we. So we keep them low.

We award CASH:

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.

We're a one screen event:

At Outer Docs we run all our films one-at-a-time ensuring an inclusive, cohesive and memorable filmmaker and audience experience.
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