DOXA Postpones 2020 Festival


By Pat Mullen

Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival announced today that it will postpone its 2020 edition. The festival, which was slated to run from May 7 to 17, will happen at a later date as festival organizers monitor to situation. The postponement joins the growing list of festivals affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This decision ensures the safety of patrons, filmmakers, staff, and volunteers, and was inevitable as movie theatres nationwide close to help control the spread of the virus.

We support the DOXA team in making this decision and look forward to covering the festival at a later date.

Here is DOXA’s statement in full:

It is with great consideration, and heavy hearts, that we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, which was scheduled for May 7 thru 17, 2020.

We at DOXA have been conferring urgently to ensure we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our patrons, our staff, our volunteers, and our wider community is our primary concern at this time. We are currently exploring alternative festival dates, and hope to find an appropriate solution as soon as possible.

We remain extremely grateful for the support of our documentary community, and for your patience as we make the difficult decisions required by these exceptional circumstances. DOXA is now, more than ever, committed to supporting a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.