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Lunenburg Doc Fest is here to entertain, educate, and inspire by showcasing the art of documentary filmmaking.

We create a cultural connection between audiences and artists in the beautiful town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Lunenburg is a picture perfect coastal town with a long heritage. It is a UNESCO site rich with art and a history in boatbuilding and fishing.

The festival was established in 2013 to usher in new voices in storytelling while also celebrating established documentary filmmakers. Each September, Lunenburg Doc Fest brings together the audience and the artists … the industry and the sponsors … for a long weekend of groundbreaking full-length and short films.

Crowd of people gathered at the festival Scenic view of Lunenburg's coastline

Last year, the 10th Lunenburg Doc Fest was a celebration of documentary featuring local and international films

We have plans for more fun this September at the 11th Edition.   Join us!

You can expect an unforgettable, immersive experience when attending our gala screenings and community-driven events. Discover the best this year’s festival has to offer. There are diverse offerings, including free community events, so that the festival is accessible to everyone as well as filmmaker Q&As. You can get access to the inside stories and in-depth insight into the filmmaker’s work following select on-site film screenings.


We offer education through documentary filmmaking workshops for new and established storytellers.

We also host an annual conference and market for industry stakeholders hosted a range of professional development sessions including 1-to-1 meetings, On Deck round tables, workshops, spotlight conversations, and panels.   We offer mentoring and opportunities for pitching film concepts to industry decision makers.


This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional East Coast culture, see incredible fact-based films from around the world and support a local charitable organization.

Lunenburg Doc Fest is a registered not-for-profit organization. You can buy passes HERE or make a donation HERE.

Lunenburg Doc Fest amplifies original voices, inspires fresh ideas and builds our community – in Canada and around the world – in support of fine documentary filmmaking.

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