The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) has forged a partnership with Kosovo’s Dokufest, Mexico’s DocsDF and Ecuador’s EDoc to form the North South Doc Network (NSDN).
Under the agreement, the four international festivals will share films from each of their schedules in an effort to expose not only their territory’s culture and identity, but also provide filmmakers with a wider audience to view their content.
The alliance will also provide NSDN members with the opportunity to create a “brain trust” designed to explore supplementary avenues for mutual growth. These potential opportunities include educational outreach programs, filmmaker partnership productions, additional fundraising opportunities, and ways to increase the overall visibility of documentary film and indie filmmakers.
Additional opportunities include an expanded market outreach for sponsors, as well as advertising opportunities through event program materials, on their websites, and other print collateral materials.
The fifth annual AmDocs festival runs from March 31 to April 4 and takes place in Palm Springs, California.
“From the very beginning, one of our primary goals for AmDocs was to provide independent documentary filmmakers with greater access to worldwide audiences,” said Ted Grouya, founder and festival director for AmDocs, in a statement. “We certainly hope to grow the Film Alliance, but these four festivals provide a great base from which to move forward because they represent very different geographical regions and very different cultures overall.”