About Us

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 and understanding of what’s happening around the world through the screening of outstanding documentary films, many of which might not otherwise come to this community.

The film festival strives 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.

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The Downtown Docfest film catalog is available all year at the Films page. You also can browse the archives for previous years back to 2014!

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.

Don’t miss the Local Spotlight Awards page for our Award Winners going all the way back to 2024!

Local filmmaker programming information and film descriptions are available on the Films page, click the filter for “Local Selections” for a quick look at all the local films in the festival.


DocFest is made possible by many people from across our community – all contributing in a variety of ways to support the Festival.

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 a representative from the organization has an opportunity to introduce the film. The suggested minimum film sponsorship is $150. All sponsors are recognized on our website and in the film pre-roll shown before the film.


Volunteers are integral to the successful running of the festival. If interested please complete the online volunteer application form on the Volunteer page, where you can learn more about volunteer expectations and benefits.


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.


Belleville Downtown DocFest is located within the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee. We acknowledge that they have been present on this territory since time immemorial and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Submit a Film

Our festival is a non-competitive event focusing on human rights, social/environmental justice and arts & culture.

Film Submissions for Belleville Downtown DocFest: International Documentary Film Festival open in September and close December 15th annually.

News & Updates

Save the dates for 2025!
Save the dates for 2025! DocFest announces our dates for 2025! Wishing everyone a happy ... Read More
And that’s a wrap!
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2024 a success As virtual festival now comes to an ... Read More