About

Document is at an exciting moment of evolution. The main festival is currently in hiatus as we evaluate both our governance and funding models, to ensure that they are reflective of the organisation’s ethos and values, whilst navigating an uncertain landscape for the arts in Scotland.

Document Festival is Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival, established in 2003. It provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, British and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. By screening the best of recent and historical human rights documentaries, Document is a crucial space for the visibility and consideration of documentary film as an art form and social practice. Recognised at home and abroad, we work with many local, national and international organisations and are members of the Human Rights Film Network and the Radical Film Network.

Over the last 18 years, Document has screened over 700 films, promoting an expansive understanding of human rights issues including topics such as migration, refugee and asylum, women’s rights, self-determination, workers/unemployed rights, mental health, environmental concerns, global policies and their local consequences among many others.

Full archive of the festival brochures here.

Festival Board: Emma Boa, Chris Bowman, Alexandra Colta, Paolo Gerli, Ane Lopez (Secretary), Nick McKerrell, Mona Rai, Sara Shaarawi, Carmen Thompson (Chair).