DocLands accepts compelling and thought-provoking short and feature length documentaries


DocLands entries will be accepted only via upload through the FilmFreeway submission platform.
No DVDs or external links will be considered.


Programming emphasizes new works in documentary features films and shorts.

• Feature-length entries (60 minutes and over) that have been or will have been exhibited theatrically or otherwise made available to the general public, either for free or for purchase, prior to DocLands dates may not be eligible to submit to this category. This includes, but is not limited to, public theatrical exhibition, television broadcast, home video, or any digital platform. Exceptions may be made under special circumstances.

• Entries accepted for DocLands will NOT be eligible for inclusion in the Mill Valley Film Festival.

• DocLands does not pay rental fees. Instead, our resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work. Films may subsequently be considered for theatrical runs (in-theater if possible or virtual) at our year-round venue, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center.

• Films may be screened more than once during the festival.

• Industrial, promotional or instructional films are NOT eligible.

• Films must have been completed after October 1, 2020.

• Filmmakers are responsible for providing an exhibition-quality file for online or for in-theater screenings, a DCP ONLY.

• Filmmakers will be notified via email of entry status by approximately April 15, 2022.

• Once a film is accepted it may not be withdrawn.

• If selected to screen in the festival, you may be asked to provide an electronic press kit.

• Theatrical exhibition prints must be sent to the Festival prepaid. Online transfer of DCPs is strongly preferred. Generally we do not accept shipments of drives outside of North America.

• In case of loss or damage during the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs of repair or replacement of the theatrical print only.

All invited participants must comply with the California Film Institute Code of Conduct