Films and Programmes
What is DAFilms?
We are an international Video on Demand (VOD) platform focused on bringing documentary films from festivals across the globe directly to your living room. You can stream or download films commercial-free from anywhere in the world via our website.
What kinds of films will I find on DAFilms?
The DAFilms catalogue includes films made by prolific filmmakers, festival hits, hybrids, experimental films, archival films, and animated films along with more traditional documentaries. You can also discover new films through our regular programs. The main program is curated individually for various continents, including Europe, Asia, and The Americas.
What makes DAFilms so special?
Our aim is to bring audiences films that have a distinct creative approach, that push the boundaries of the documentary form, and that address important contemporary social issues. All of our films are carefully selected by our diverse team of curators. We work closely with 7 prestigious European film festivals associated with Doc Alliance: CPH:DOX (Denmark), Doclisboa (Portugal), Millennium Docs Against Gravity (Poland), DOK Leipzig (Germany), FIDMarseille (France), Jihlava IDFF (Czech Republic), and Visions du Réel (Switzerland), as well as with regional partners.
How often do you add new content?
Our film catalogue is constantly expanding. In addition to acquiring new films, every two weeks our curators create a unique program that highlights a select number of films in our catalogue. This program is visible directly on the homepage. As a DAFilms viewer, you can look forward to new content under such themes as Spotlight On, Featured Filmmaker, Country in Focus, and the Film of the Week.
Subscription and Registration
How much does it cost?
A subscription costs $6.99 USD per month. But for a substantial discount, you can subscribe annually for $59.99 USD ($4.99 per month). You can cancel your annual or monthly automatic payment at any time under your user profile. As a subscriber, you will have access to a catalogue available in your territory with over 2,500 films. You can also stream or download individual films. Non-subscribers: Short Film Stream - US $1.50, Feature Film Stream - US $2.50, Short Film Download - US $2, Feature Film Download - US $4. Subscribers (for films that are not available as a part of a subscription): Short Film Stream - US $0.75, Feature Film Stream - US $1.50, Short Film Download - US $1, Feature Film Download- US $3.
What's the difference between having a subscription, pay-per-view streaming (renting), and downloading (purchasing) a film?
When watching a film as a part of a valid subscription or renting a film (pay-per-view), you’re streaming the film online in your web browser. When you download a film, it will remain on your computer and you can watch it without an internet connection. During a subscription cycle, you’ll have an unlimited number of streams for films that are available to watch with a valid subscription. Films that you purchase for a one-time rental fee are available to watch for up to 48 hours after purchase.
Do I need to have a subscription in order to watch a film?
There’s no need to purchase a subscription. Films can be rented or downloaded for a one-time fee. There is also a limited offer of films available to watch for free once you register an account with us (no subscription necessary).
What films can I watch with a subscription?
Due to licensing restrictions from certain films’ copyright holders, some films are not available for free as part of a subscription.
How can I register?
You can easily register an account with us by filling out a simple form with your e-mail address and creating a password, or you can log in with your Facebook or Twitter account.
How do I pay for a subscription?
Payment is made through a secure payment portal. You can pay by card or via PayPal.
Can I watch films in a country other than the one I registered for?
DAFilms is an international platform and we always do our best to make most of our films available worldwide. That being said, some of our films may have territorial restrictions due to licencing constraints. But you’ll be happy to know that if you find yourself travelling abroad sometime in the near future, you’ll still have access to the exact same films available in the country you registered in. If you’re registering from abroad and wish to watch films that are available in a country other than the one you’re currently located in, please contact our customer support team at info@dafilms.com.
Can I give someone a subscription as a gift?
Yes. After purchasing a gift subscription, you’ll receive a voucher with a link and code for the recipient to use in lieu of payment. You can choose to send the subscription electronically or print out the gift voucher, which you’ll receive by e-mail. The subscription starts from the moment the code has been redeemed. To activate a gift subscription, you’ll need to register an account.
How can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription at any time in your user profile under "Subscriptions", where you’ll see the option "Cancel automatic renewal".
Can I screen films for public viewing?
Screening films for public viewing is prohibited and constitutes a copyright violation. Our film licenses are limited to home viewing only. You’re perfectly welcome to watch a film that you’ve purchased together with your family, neighbours, or household guests. However, organising public screenings in a café, cultural or community centre, outdoor cinema, or other public space is not permitted without the right licensing agreement granted by the copyright holder. We recommend contacting the film’s distributor or producer for this purpose.
How can I obtain a tax invoice?
If you need a tax invoice, please send your details and proof of payment over to info@dafilms.com and we’ll issue you an invoice.
How can I submit my film?
If you’d like us to consider adding your film to our catalogue, please contact the programme manager responsible for your region and they will tell you how you can submit your film for review.
Technical Specifications
How can I play or download a movie?
You can purchase a film for online streaming or legal download directly on the film’s profile page. If the film is available to subscribers, you can purchase our monthly or annual subscription and watch it for free. In either case, you must first register an account with us. If you purchase an individual stream or download, you’ll be redirected to the film’s profile page after purchase where the film will be right there waiting for you to push play. You will also receive a link to the film via e-mail for later use.
What are the system requirements for streaming a film?
After purchasing a subscription, you can immediately start watching a film directly in your browser. You don't need any special software or hardware – if you're not sure whether playback will run smoothly on your PC or laptop, you can try testing it out by playing a film’s trailer free of charge. If everything seems to be working as it should, then streaming the actual film will be a piece of cake. You can also watch all films on your portable electronic devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc.). For playing downloaded films directly on your computer or device, all you need is a basic media player.
Can I watch films in HD quality?
Yes, we also offer films in HD resolution. You can switch from standard SD quality to a higher quality stream directly in the online media player.
Can I watch films on my TV?
Yes, you can easily stream films on your TV using Google Chromecast or AirPlay. Unfortunately, none of these functions support playback of external subtitles. This only works for films without subtitles, or with subtitles superimposed directly in the picture. You can also play films on TV via the integrated web browser. Once you log in, you can conveniently watch films with subtitles. You might also try doing it the old-fashioned way and connecting your computer or device to your TV via HDMI cable.
How can I find out what language a film is in and what language subtitles it has?
You’ll find language and subtitle information on every film’s profile page. Films can also be filtered by audio track and subtitles using our Advanced Search feature.
Who can I contact if I experience any technical difficulties?
Should you experience any technical difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact our troubleshooting support team at info@dafilms.com or call +420 777 613 094 (standard international rates may apply when calling outside of the Czech Republic).

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