AmDocs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, operating under a fiscal sponsorship of Inquiring Systems Inc. (ISI). The festival was founded by Teddy Grouya in 2011 with the goal of creating a forum to celebrate and promote documentary film and the independent filmmakers who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues. AmDocs takes place annually in Palm Springs, CA.

The first AmDocs festival was held in April 2012, honoring Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. Since then, the festival has grown exponentially, hosting annual honorees and guests including Dionne Warwick, Julie Cohen, George Takei, Peter Coyote, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Berlinger, Pierce Brosnan, Sacheen Littlefeather, Shia LaBeouf, Ed Asner, Cleve Jones, and Jamie Redford. AmDocs was the first festival to feature animated film entries in 2013.

AmDocs has been recognized internationally, being named one of the five coolest documentary film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine and one of the Top 50 Film Festivals in the World Worth the Entry Fee for Filmmakers. Since 2019, AmDocs has been consistently ranked among the Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals in the World by FilmFreeway.com.

In support of its commitment to documentary film awareness and education, AmDocs carries out various outreach activities, including the AmDocs Film Fund Pitch Competition, which provides financing opportunities for American documentary filmmakers.

AmDocs has also initiated a new film festival alliance, the North-South Doc Network, where select films will screen across participating international film festivals.

AmDocs is made possible through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses that provide contributions, ticket sales, and in-kind services. The festival also encourages community involvement through volunteering and a home stay host program for visiting filmmakers.

For more information about AmDocs, including festival venues, team, community outreach, ticketing, and other details, please visit the official festival website: https://www.amdocfilmfest.com/about

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