Category Archives: Overviews

Locarno 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 74th Locarno Film Festival

Dates:
August 4-14

About:
This influential Swiss event returns after a reimagined edition last year, presenting 20 documentaries among its approximately 80 new features.

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Cannes 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 74th Cannes Film Festival

Dates:
July 6-17

About:
After postponing and then cancelling its 2020 edition, the most influential cinema event in the world returns with a robust slate of nearly 100 new features, counting two dozen docs among that number – although none in either Competition or Un Certain Regard. Its parallel sidebars, meanwhile, offer just three nonfiction works among their combined 37 slots.

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Docaviv 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 23rd Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
July 1-10

About:
This well-respected Israeli event presents 90 new documentary features in-person and online.

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Thessaloniki Doc 2021 Overview (Part Two)

Festival:
The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 24-July 4

About:
This notable Greek nonfiction event returns to theatres following a local online presentation in March.

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AFI Docs 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 19th AFI Docs

Dates:
June 22-27

About:
This Washington DC event showcases approximately 30 new feature and episodic documentaries, presented in a hybrid format.

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Frameline 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 45th Frameline

Dates:
June 10-27

About:
The oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world presents just under 50 new features and episodics in a hybrid format, including approximately 20 works of nonfiction.

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Tribeca 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 20th Tribeca Festival

Dates:
June 9-20

About:
Approximately 100 features and episodic content – about half of that nonfiction – screens in a hybrid format in this anniversary year for the curiously renamed NYC event, which has dropped “film” from its title.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 28th Sheffield Doc/Fest

Dates:
June 4-13

About:
Nearly 80 new and recent features make up the lineup of this well-respected and popular British event, presented in a hybrid format this year.

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Rotterdam 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Dates:
June 2-6

About:
This year’s edition of this acclaimed Dutch cinema event was split into two parts – an industry-focused February presentation, and this public-facing offering, which presents more than 100 features, with nonfiction and hybrids making up just over a third of the lineup.

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Full Frame 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 24th Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
June 2-6

About:
After cancelling its 2020 edition, this Durham NC doc event returns with an online presentation that includes just over 20 new and recent nonfiction features.

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