Here we're bringing you selection of the films up for this year's Doc Alliance Award. The association of European festivals that originally gave us our name have selected these movies for you from each of their seven programs this year. For a limited time – until 18 July – you can watch the films nominated for the Doc Alliance Award here on DAFilms Americas.


It's that time of the year for our Doc Alliance Award, which this year will be given at Cannes. The curators and directors of each of the festivals nominate one exceptional feature-length and one short film for the Doc Alliance Award. The films they select from their own programs are always a director’s first or second film, a gesture of support for filmmakers in an uncertain documentary scene.

The two winners – one feature-length and one short film – are subsequently chosen from these nominated films by a jury comprising prominent European journalists. The recipients of the Doc Alliance Award 2021 will be announced at a ceremony on 13 July in Cannes.

We are bringing you the selection of this year's nominated films in an exclusive online program on DAFilms until 18 July. After this limited online release, you will be able to view the nominated films in the official program of each of the Doc Alliance festivals.

As an extra, you can watch last year's winner: Ghosts: Long Way Home, a mystical, epic film by the Portuguese director Tiago Siopa, now worldwide as our Film of the Week.

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