• 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 and ultimately to be a catalyst for civic participation and actions 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.

Get behind the scenes with our fabulous filmmakers.

Our 2018 Filmmaker Panel featured three inspirational women discussing the state of the film industry and their optimism for the future. We’re so excited to bring our audience new films and voices for 2019. Make sure you’re subscribed to our email newsletter to receive updates on the 2019 schedule and panel events!

Thank you to the filmmakers for participating in our 2018 panel discussion.
Chanda Chevannes UNFRACTURED, Tess Girard AS THE CROW FLIES
and Julia Barnes SEA OF LIFE

Submit a Film
Our festival is a non-competitive event focusing on human rights, social/environmental justice and arts & culture. Read our submission guidelines here.

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. The suggested minimum film sponsorship is $150. All sponsors are recognized on our website and also in our printed program.

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

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 FTVP students.