For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world.

This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from horror to LGBT. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms.

While the top 25 voting has ended, this week marks the launch of sub-genre voting, beginning with the Other category (for lack of a better title) and continuing with Documentary. Scroll down to the bottom of this article to begin voting for your favorite documentary festivals right away!

Here’s how it works: Vote for the documentary festival that you think is the coolest in pools 1-5. The doc fest with the most votes in each pool will win a spot on the “Top 5 Coolest Documentary Festivals” list. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker. This round will end Wednesday at 4pm, so make sure to get your vote in before then!

How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 5? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!


Voting for the Documentary category has concluded. Thank you for participating!

MovieMaker will be releasing the official list of Coolest Festivals as the fall issue hits stands October 21. We know it’s a long time to wait, but as the old says goes, patience is a virtue. Meanwhile, make sure to vote in categories ranging from Environmental to Experimental over the next two months. Be sure to check back tomorrow, Thursday, August 8, for our Shorts category and Tuesday, August 13 for Comedy. Below is a list of the festivals that competed in the Documentary category.

Pool 1:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Mostra Pajé de Filmes Indígenas

Pool 2:
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest
FID Marseilles
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Pool 3:
True/False Film Festival
AFI Docs
San Francisco Documentary Festival

Pool 4:
Camden International Film Fest
Doclisboa International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Salina Doc Film Festival

Pool 5:
DocMiami International Film Festival
Thessaloniki Doc Fest
ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Festival
American Documentary Film Festival

Don’t forget, MovieMaker has eight other sub-genre categories to vote in, spanning from experimental to environmental. Beginning next week, we will be running two contests a week, launching every Tuesday and Thursday until the very beginning of September.

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