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Founded in 2013, Lunenburg Doc Fest (LDF) exists to entertain, educate, and inspire by showcasing the art of documentary filmmaking.

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

This festival was established 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 week of groundbreaking full-length and short films.

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

The tenth Lunenburg Doc Fest was a celebration of 10 years of documentary featuring local and international films

Thank you for celebrating Year 10 with us– see you in Year 11!

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.


Beyond screening films, we also offer education through documentary filmmaking workshops for youth and seniors.

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.


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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