In 2019, DOCUTAH celebrates the DOCUTAH DECADE – Ten years of providing world class documentary films in Southern Utah.
DOCUTAH celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking, connecting Dixie State University and the community to the world. DOCUTAH offers a unique, entertaining International Documentary Film Festival and year-round programs providing creative, cultural, and educational engagement.
The DOCUTAH Festival takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University. Filmmakers attend the Festival to introduce their films, hold Q & A sessions after their screenings, and participate in DOCtalk™ – intimate conversations, where audience members can glean insights into topics filmmaking and the business of film. The Festival offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival.
Academic Component — Dixie State University College of the Arts now offers a new Bachelor of Science degree in digital film. The University has acquired the 14,000-square foot former airplane hangar at the Ridge Top Complex in St. George, now named DSU Film Studios.
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 disparate 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