CPH:DOX was founded in 2003. Supported by film professionals as well as the national press, CPH:DOX grew from 12,000 admissions in its first year to a record-breaking total of 114,400 admissions in 2019.
CPH:DOX continues to develop and expand, presenting a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The program goes beyond traditional boundaries between disciplines and media, offering perspectives on creative crossovers between cinema, television and media art.
CPH:DOX doesn’t just show documentary films – we anchor them in social context through debates, artist talks, events and masterclasses. In the hope of creating real social transformation, CPH:DOX establishes a space for reflection, dialogue and opinion across the population, and with that making sure that the films and the problems they pose stay with the viewers long after they leave the cinema.
The festival is open to films of any duration including serials, VR and AR experiences, and other audiovisual formats.
Competitions and awards:
DOX:AWARD: International main competition (features)
NEW:VISION AWARD: Experimental and artists’ films (shorts, midlength films and features)
NORDIC:DOX AWARD: Films from the Nordic countries (features)
F:ACT AWARD: Films from the field between investigative journalism, activism and documentary (features)
NEXT:WAVE AWARD: Innovative films by emerging filmmakers and artists (shorts, midlength films and features).
POLITIKEN:DANISH:DOX AWARD: Danish films awarded by the newspaper Politiken (features).
SPECIAL PREMIERES: High-profile premieres out of competition
HIGHLIGHTS: Festival hits and audience favourites
ARTISTS & AUTEURS: New work from established filmmakers
SOUND & VISION: Music films
CPH:SCIENCE: Science films
CHANGE MAKERS: Activist and social issue films
JUSTICE: Films about social justice and the rule of law
DANISH:DOX: New Danish films including shorts and artists’ films
INTER:ACTIVE: Virtual Reality works and interactive installations.
Various thematic sections specific to a particular edition of the festival.