Festival Partners

Discover the 2023 Cannes Docs Festival Partners!

Cannes Docs welcomes a number of dear-to-our-hearts festivals as loyal and central partners, putting them in the spotlight within the world’s n°1 film festival and market.

We strive to underline the extraordinary and very necessary role they all passionately play in bringing beautiful docs to their film-loving audiences in all parts of the world. By bringing them together at Cannes Docs, we also want to affirm their organic integration into the cinema ecosystem as a whole, beyond all kind of genre categorizations. Hooray for festivals!

Meet the Partners below! 👇



AJB DOC Film Festival is an international documentary film festival and industry platform for TV-documentaries, organized by Al Jazeera Balkans in cooperation with Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and Al Jazeera Media Institute. It aims to promote authors and films addressing social phenomena, focusing on universal human values such as courage, truth, justice, tolerance, and cosmopolitism. Industry gathering AJD Industry Days @AJB DOC will focus on valuable projects in development from the MENA, Caucasus and SEE region. The sixth edition of AJB DOC Film Festival will be held in Sarajevo from 8th to 12th September 2023.



CPH :DOX is a leading European documentary film festival. The festival supports independent and innovative filmmaking and presents the best and brightest in contemporary non-fiction film. The festival runs a strong industry platform with the co-production and financing forum CPH :FORUM, CPH :MARKET, CPH :CONFERENCE, and a talent development programme CPH :LAB. CPH :DOX 2024 takes place 13-24 March and its industry events 17-22 March 2024.



DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs) in Korea is one of the most important documentary events in Asia. Launched in 2009, DMZ Docs has promoted the value of Peace, Communication, and Life, and brought together many international documentarists and global industry professionals. DMZ Docs strives to expand the public and social functions of the documentary genre and continue our support to struggling documentary filmmakers around the world.



Docudays UA IHRDFF is an annual event in Kyiv (Ukraine) which usually consists of Competitive and Non-Competitive Programmes, the RIGHTS NOW! Human Rights Programme, and the DOCU/PRO Industry Platform. After the 24 February 2022, new projects were launched: the promotion of Ukrainian culture and spreading the truth about the Russian war against Ukraine; a fundraising initiative DOCU/HELP; and the Ukraine War Archive, an online database of war evidence. The 20th edition of Docudays UA is scheduled for 2–8 June.





DOK Leipzig is one of the leading festivals for documentary and animated film. With its programme of creative films, XR experiences and various discussion formats, the festival encourages an exchange about artistic approaches in dealing with political and social issues. DOK Industry supports the creation and circulation of new creative documentaries from all over the world. Exceptional projects are presented every year in a welcoming and open environment. Next edition: October 8-15 2023.



DokuFest is devoted to supporting and promoting the art of cinema as a tool for social and cultural transformation. It does so by celebrating the art of documentary, as well as short film format through the annual film festival and DokuLab, its educational department’s flagship program, where a new wave of Kosovo filmmakers are supported through film grants. Started in 2002 in post-war Kosovo, DokuFest quickly grew to become one of the most important film festivals in the region.




Founded in 1996 by the Brazilian critic Amir Labaki, É Tudo Verdade/It’s All True is the oldest and most traditional documentary film festival in Latin America. The festival presents International and Brazilian competitions for feature and short films, a Latin American focus, informative programs, retrospectives and the International Documentary Conference. It’s All True is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Oscar for best feature documentary and for best short documentary. This year, It’s All True’s 28th edition took place in April 2023, presenting 74 titles from 34 countries. The 2024 festival will happen from April 4h to 14th. Submissions are free and will be open from next August.



Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival is the leading festival dedicated to creative documentary and experimental cinema in Italy and the oldest in Europe. The 64th edition will take place in Florence from 4 to 12 November 2023. The programme includes: International and national competitions, tributes and retrospectives, masterclasses, debates, thematic focuses, special workshops and programmes for young audiences, as well as market-oriented initiatives and training activities for new talents realised within the “Doc at Work – Future Campus.”



The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival is a key European documentary event, the co-founding member of Doc Alliance network, and the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. The festival retains a distinctive and progressive programming approach and has built a significant Industry section, featuring projects such as EMERGING PRODUCERS, Ji.hlava New Visions Forum and Market, Festival Identity, Ji.hlava Academy, and Inspiration Forum. The festival is famous for its informal atmosphere, discussion character, and full screening venues. The Ji.hlava IDFF will celebrate its 27th edition this year between October 24–29 in the Czech Republic.




Movies that Matter offers a stage for poignant fiction films and revealing documentaries that stir debates about human rights, sustainability and injustice. End of March, the Festival takes place in The Hague, the Netherlands and combines film screenings with in-depth programs and industry events, incl. our Pitching Event: Take on Film & Impact. Besides the festival, we go On Tour, have a huge educational program and an International Support department for human rights festivals abroad.




The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of the most important documentary film festivals in North America. Each year, the RIDM presents about 100 Canadian and international documentaries and a host of complementary activities such as workshops, film lessons, debates and round table discussions. The festival also offers the RIDM Forum, a unique documentary market in Quebec which aims to stimulate the national and international production and distribution of independent documentaries. The 26th edition of the RIDM will take place from November 16 to 26, 2023.



Visions du Réel, International Film Festival is one of the leading non-fiction film festivals. It includes competitive sections –screening films in world, international or European premiere – as well as a few non-competitive ones, for around 170 films (of any length). The Industry activities, which bring over 1’500 professionals are dedicated to international projects at every stage, offering a wide range of opportunities, such as tutoring, co-production, funding and distribution.



ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao is the only international Class A festival in Spain in the documentary and short film category recognised by FIAPF since 1974, accredited as a qualifier for the Oscars, BAFTA, Goya Awards and the European Film Awards. It firmly supports emerging authors and documentary filmmakers, and, each year, shows more than 100 short and feature films. ZINEBI also aims to provide new opportunities for the development of creative and independent documentary projects from Spain at ZINEBI Networking. Its 65th edition will take place from November 10 to 17, 2023.