• About Downtown DocFest

About Downtown DocFest

Belleville Downtown DocFest is a community oriented documentary film festival featuring outstanding films that celebrate life and human dignity around the world and right here at home.

DocFest’s mandate is to promote awareness of what is happening in the world through the screening of documentary films that wouldn’t otherwise come to this community, to promote awareness of global and local issues with social, cultural, economic and environmental consequences, to educate audiences and ultimately to be a catalyst for civic participation and action-taking resulting in positive change.

DocFest provides an opportunity for community involvement for audience members, local filmmakers, not-for-profit agencies and organizations, volunteers and students.

Local Filmmakers

DocFest works to develop the art of documentary filmmaking at a local level, providing artists in the immediate and surrounding area with an opportunity to screen their films to a wide audience, interact with filmgoers, network with other filmmakers and develop their skills through a series of workshops.

DocFest supports independent filmmakers from any geographic region; anyone can submit a film to the festival for consideration. We understand that documentary film festival screening opportunities are few and the submission numbers place importance on DocFest being a potential development opportunity for independent artists.

DocFest will be organizing a free, multi-part filmmaker workshop series in an effort to further develop the great film talent local to this Region and across the province.

Local filmmaker programming information, film descriptions and artist bios will follow early in the New Year.

The People

DocFest is made possible by many people contributing in a variety of ways.

Film Sponsors
DocFest invites local social agencies and not-for-profit organizations to sponsor a film that may or may not be related to their work in the community. We ask for assistance in promoting the festival and that a representative from the organization introduces the film. Monetary sponsorship contributions are on a sliding scale.

Volunteers
Volunteers are integral to the successful running of the festival. If interested please email us at docfestvolunteers@cogeco.ca and we will contact you. To learn more about volunteer expectations and benefits, visit the Volunteer page.

Students
Loyalist College Post-Grad Public Relations students assist with DocFest promotion and advertising. Belleville Downtown DocFest will be hosting a screening of documentary films made by Loyalist College Television and New Media students.