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DOXA Documentary Film Festival

DOXA Film Festival

The DOXA Documentary Film Festival features screenings of captivating documentaries in Vancouver. In 2021 it’s happening as both a virtual and drive-in event.


Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival

The DOXA Documentary Film Festival is an annual event that showcases creative documentaries to audiences in Vancouver. The event is put together by The Documentary Media Society which is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver.

The festival has been running since 2001. In normal years it features public screenings, live discussions, forums and more. Various awards are usually up for grabs too, as a panel of judges critique all the documentaries and decide on the winners each year.


Online DOXA 2021 Festival

Similar to 2020, the 2021 DOXA Documentary Film Festival is taking place in a mostly virtual format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All components of the 2021 program are set to be available online from May 6th to the 16th. This year’s lineup includes 49 feature documentaries as well as a number of short documentaries. Live and pre-recorded special events like question and answer sessions are also available.


Virtual Tickets in 2021

There are four types of tickets to choose from in 2021, three of which grant access to online content.

For those wanting virtual access to one particular film, general tickets cost $10 each. Students, seniors and folks with a low income can watch a film for $7.

For those wanting to watch all films and special presentations featured in the 2021 festival, a general festival pass costs $75. Passes for students, seniors and low-income individuals cost $65 each.

Special for 2021, anniversary pass packages are available for purchase. For $200, folks receive the festival pass and can pick up a variety of treats and exclusive festival merchandise.

Note: Online content of the 2021 festival is only accessible to people in Canada. Prices above exclude additional fees and are subject to change.

To get your tickets to the virtual portion of the festival, and to see the schedule, visit the DOXA Festival website.


Cars at the PNE Amphitheatre
Drive-in Event at the PNE Amphitheatre


2021 DOXA Drive-In

Also taking place in 2021 is a special Drive-In event at the PNE‘s Amphitheatre. Seven screenings take place between May 13th and the 15th. Start times are 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm each day, with an extra screening available at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 15th.

Each screening is limited to 50 cars of up to 6 people each. Tickets cost $50 per vehicle. Apart from washroom breaks, guests are asked to remain inside their vehicles and masks are required when outside.

Note: The drive-in films are shown on a state-of-the-art LED screen which means they can be seen in daylight. They aren’t shown on a regular outdoor screen where the film is only visible after dusk.

Films showing drive-in-styles at the PNE Amphitheatre in 2021 are the following:


On Thursday, May 13th, 2021


On Friday, May 15th, 2021


On Saturday, May 15th, 2021

For more details about the COVID-safe event and to reserve your spot, visit the DOXA Festival website.


Other Information

For more information about the festival, visit the official DOXA Festival website.

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