Dear Filmmaker,

Logo Acampadoc_NUEVO-PABLOIt’s our great pleasure to invite worldwide documentaries films to submit to our 5th AcampaDOC International Documentary Film Festival held in La Villa de Los Santos (central region of Panama).

AcampaDOC 2016 will be held from September 8th to 17th, with the aim of promoting intercultural discussion around our annual documentary topic: ‘Cultural landscapes at risk‘.

We revel in discovering new talent. We don’t discriminate documentaries: shorts, features, HD, animation-DOCS and i-DOCS — all are welcome submissions. We mostly prefer that long feature films have not been shown around the Central America region before – we’re not so strict about shorts.

The best prize in AcampaDOC is to be accepted from hundreds of entries as one of approximately 20 shorts and 10 features that will be showcased at our Festival.

Be a part of AcampaDOC Festival: send us a new, fresh and brilliant documentary film. If it’s accepted, the hardest part is over.

Best Regards,

ACAMPADOC Film Festival Team


Film submissions for the 5th Acampadoc International Documentary Film Festival are closed.

Get ready for next open call for films on January 2017.

See the competition section winners of the 4th ACAMPADOC IDFF 2015 and get inspired!

AcampaDOC Panama proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Just click to submit with FilmFreeway.

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ACAMPADOC IDFF is Central America’s first film festival specialized in documentaries. Winners are eligible for being included at #CINEALRESCATE  a non-profit network for distribution, promotion and exhibition that works all year round building audiences for Panamanian and international documentaries.

The festival has made documentary films fashionable in Panama, bringing popular interest with an official selection of documentary premieres in LatinAmerica. The support received from key national institutions (Ministry of Commerce and Industries, The Panamanian Film Commission / DICINE, National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), Municipal Cultural Departments of La Villa de Los Santos and Colón Province, confirms its path.

The festival cooperates with several non governmental organizations and local Festivals. In 2015, ACAMPADOC has been included on the national report presented to UNESCO’s CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE in Namibia as the “Most Important Cultural Event in Panama that builds and promotes Intangible Cultural Heritage through documentaries”.

La Villa de Los Santos is ACAMPADOC‘s base camp for 5th year in a row, with an intensive program of filmmaking and educational activities: 15 FILM WORKSHOPS + 6 DOCUMENTARY SHOOTINGS AND EDITING TEAMS.

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