DOCUTAH is now in the 12th season of providing world class documentary films in Southern Utah. The 2021 Festival has been expanded to 100 films to include those from the 2020 Festival, which was cancelled because of COVID restrictions. It still will be located at the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Pineview Theaters in St. George, UT.
For 12 years, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival has provided attendees with a global experience, bringing quality films and filmmakers to Southern Utah. Attendees will see films which, often, are shown nowhere else and have the chance to mix and mingle with producers, directors and the subjects of their films. Films are screened at the Megaplex Pineview Theaters and outdoor venues among the red rocks and stunning scenery of Southern Utah and are combined with DOCTalk panels with filmmakers, intimate conversations, where audience members can glean insights into topics filmmaking and the business of film, special events relevant to the films and musical entertainment. Information about the Festival is posted on the Website and ticket sales open in September.
Filmmakers attend the Festival to introduce their films, hold Q & A sessions after their screenings. The Festival offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival.
Academic Component — Dixie State University College of the Arts offers a Bachelor of Science degree in digital film. Students learn in a real world environment and from professors who are active in the industry and participate in commercial shoots for outside clients through DSU Films.. Each year a professional feature documentary produced by faculty and students opens the Festival.
Raven Award — The Raven is a mystical bird, revered in many cultures and with a multitude of characteristics attributed to it. Sometimes a god, sometimes a devil, always mysterious, this remarkable bird is known for its intelligence, strength and endless curiosity. Prescient, sharing, strong – many characteristics of the raven mimic the breadth of human experience. Throughout the world and over millennia, the mythology of the raven grew in diverse cultures.
Ravens watch everything and everyone and through that observation have learned how to thrive in all manner of environments and climates. Like the documentarian that chronicles and observes then enlightens us about ourselves through stories. Ravens are found throughout the world, thus representing the international scope of DOCUTAH.
Film awards are presented in ten categories:
• Best Feature
• Best Short
• Audience Favorite – Feature
• Audience Favorite – Short
• Best Foreign Film
• Emerging Artist
• Dean’s Award
• Mayor’s Award