Press Release
:  January 30, 2018

Call for Submissions — 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 
—  The fifth edition of Lunenburg Doc Fest has opened submissions for its annual event, which takes place September 20 to 23, 2018.

The festival showcases feature-length and short documentary films, professional development sessions, an industry market, community initiatives, awards, celebrations and destination events such as a harbour sunset cruise.

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit documentaries for consideration.  All fact-based films are considered, however, there is particular interest in documentaries that fall within the following categories: Atlantic, International, Environmental, Political, Art/Music, Youth/Family, and Experimental. The festival showcases major artists as well as emerging voices.

Lunenburg Doc Fest pays artist fees, welcomes and assists filmmakers of officially selected feature documentaries to attend, and presents three juried awards including Best Feature Documentary, Atlantic Filmmaker Award, and Short Film Award, plus an Audience Award.

The early bird submission deadline is March 15, 2018.  The final deadline is June 30, 2018.  All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway at  Complete guidelines and submission details are available at

“Lunenburg Doc Fest has grown year over year and proudly earned a reputation for presenting a compelling program of international films, and exceptional hospitality,” states executive director, Pamela Segger.  “Ultimately, the festival is about profound artistic experiences, exploring new ideas, making connections and challenging perceptions that influence how we see the world.”

The festival enjoys robust audiences and typically sells out of all passes. From September 20 to 23, Lunenburg Doc Fest will welcome film enthusiasts and filmmakers to experience its fifth edition and opportunities to connect audiences with the artists behind the work.

This year’s four-day fest will feature a lineup of timely and thought-provoking films, established and emerging artists, valuable industry initiatives, and time to enjoy Atlantic Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a premier and picturesque coastal destination.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:

Phone:902-523-FILM (3456)
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes
Mail: Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0