DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. The 2015 festival will be it’s sixth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. These incredible individuals are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada.
Academic Component – DOCUTAH is presented by Dixie State University and therefore affords us the opportunity to reach out to students and the community with filmmaker seminars and panels. Citizens are invited to attend and learn more about the art of filmmaking and also gain insight into the subject matter chosen for the film.
Location – Our tagline – Come for the films, stay for the scenery – invites festival attendees to witness the brilliance of the magnificent red rocks of southern Utah. The close distance to six state and national parks makes DOCUTAH a unique place to present a film festival.
Events and Films – Documentary films engage our minds and have the potential to educate and entertain. Categories like music, environment and art speak EVENT to us and we therefore plan events for the DSU students, festival attendees and citizens of our Southern Utah community and beyond. DOCUTAH isn’t just a film festival…it’s a five day PARTY and every event is one not to be missed.
Raven Award – Legend and mythology state that Norsemen believed ravens sat on the god Odin’s shoulders and saw and heard all. Ravens are intelligent, playful, curious, observant and creative. Ravens are also highly opportunistic and have learned to adapt to take advantage of whatever their environment offers. Thus DOCUTAH chose “The Raven Award” because these same traits are also exhibited by many documentarians as they create their films. Documentary film makers try to provide “the whole picture” of the subject of their film. Ravens are found throughout the world, thus representing the international scope of DOCUTAH.
Our Mission – DOCUTAH will inspire a global connection through documentary films and intellectual discussion. In doing so it will enhance the education of students and citizens of the Southern Utah Community.
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