The DOKU Film Festival is a national film festival for high school-age filmmakers from across the United States and other countries to showcase their films to a live audience. It is a competitive showcase event with prizes awarded.

Everyone invited to screen their film at the festival receives a Doko Film Fest Laurel Award that you can attach to your resume and future film work to show that you are a finalist at the film festival.

It is a place where filmmakers interact with the audience and professional filmmakers to explain their film and receive feedback and comment on their work.

Filmmakers and other attendees will be able to participate in master classes on filmmaking topics led by professional filmmakers.

At the end of the film festival, prizes will be given to the best film in each film category as well as the best Doko Film Fest film.

The movie categories are:

  • A short story (2 to about 10 minutes)
  • Documentary (from 2 to about 10 minutes)
  • Music video (2 to about 10 minutes)
  • Comedy (2 to about 10 minutes)
  • Animation (1 to about 3 minutes)
  • Innovation Award in Filmmaking
  • Best Film Made in South Carolina Award

Each film must be at least 10 minutes in length, but no more than 3 minutes in length. Except for the animation, which ranges from XNUMX minute to about XNUMX minutes in length.

Doko Film Fest judges will select the top 3 films from each category to screen at the festival event, and invitations will be sent to filmmakers inviting them to attend their film screening and awards ceremony.

Film making competition prizes for school students

A “Doco” will be awarded to each winner in each prize category.
The overall best film will air in a special screening at the next Beaufort International Film Festival, and the director will be invited to come and talk about the film and hang out with some great people.

  • Best short story
  • Best Documentary
  • Best music video
  • Best comedy
  • Best cartoon
  • Best pocket studio production
  • Best Film Festival
  • Innovation in film making
  • Best South Carolina Film

Rules and conditions

  • The festival is open to any film produced by young filmmakers between the ages of 15 and 19 at the time of submission. 
  • While adults may be characters in these films or filmmaking teachers, the films should be produced by young filmmakers.
  • All filmmakers under the age of 18 will need to have parental or guardian permission to submit their film and be invited to the Doko Film Festival. Should the film be selected for public screening, without this permission we will not be able to consider the film for inclusion in the festival.
  • Here is the link to the parent/guardian permission form:
  •  If you are unable to link to a form, please contact me at: [email protected] I will send you one.
  • Films may only be submitted via Film Freeway, and Doko Film Fest only accepts digital submissions.
  • It is preferable to use online screening tools until notification of acceptance, at which time a high-resolution digital copy must be sent to Doko Film Fest. Entries are accepted in .mp4 or .mov format.
  • By submitting a film, the presenter grants Doko Film Festival the right to use any film or part of a film submitted to promote the festival. 
  • The individual or entity submitting the film warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for viewing, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
  • Doko Film Fest reserves the right to reject entries, or to reject any film or script that contains prohibited content or that Doko Film Fest in its sole discretion deems offensive or inappropriate.
  • Only the producer, director, screenwriter, or anyone closely associated with the film can complete the application. Schools can submit films on behalf of student directors in the student category.
  • Applicant agrees to indemnify and hold Doko Film Fest harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including without limitation attorney's fees and court costs) that may be incurred due to any claim involving copyrights, trademarks, The credits, the publicity.
  • Please select the correct category while applying to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to reassign films to the appropriate category.
  • By submitting a film to Doko Film Fest, you accept these rules and conditions in their entirety.