With GlobeDocs, The Boston Globe furthers its reach as an organization dedicated to shedding light on the truth by presenting the work of filmmakers near and far who are also focused on telling important stories, large and small.

GlobeDocs holds free monthly screenings leading up to the annual festival. The annual GlobeDocs Film Festival is a five-day documentary festival designed to engage, promote, and celebrate film and production talent. The festival, which takes place in select theaters across Boston and Cambridge, is specifically curated to include a lively, hosted post-film conversation with Boston Globe journalists to turn screenings into an opportunity for the community to come together and have an open dialogue.

The fifth annual festival took place on October 2 to 6, 2019 at the Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre and Showplace ICON. Click here to view the 2019 schedule. Please check back for details on our 2020 Festival.




Audience Award

Each year film goers at the annual GlobeDocs Film Festival have the opportunity to vote for an Audience Award which is awarded to one feature film and one short film. Past winners include:





  • Winner for Best Film: UNREST—Directed by Jennifer Brea
  • Winner for Best Short Film: RUNNIN’—Directed by Alex Hogan & Matthew Orr




The Boston Globe Filmmakers Fund Award

The Boston Globe Filmmakers Fund Award, established in 2014, supports visionary filmmakers with an annual grant while furthering Boston’s role as an epicenter of documentary film. Contributions to the fund have been donated by patrons of GlobeDocs throughout the year. Thank you to our many supporters.

Past Filmmaker Fund Award recipients: David Abel, Director, LOBSTER WARS (2018), Sue Williams, Director, DEATH BY DESIGN (2016), Laura Poitras, Director, CITIZENFOUR, co-creator of Field of Vision (2015).

To donate to the Fund please click here.





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Board of Advisors

John Cooper

Director, Sundance Film Festival

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer, various documentaries

Lyda Kuth

Executive Director, LEF Foundation

Ken Burns


David Fialkow

Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Presenting Sponsor

Cross Insurance


Moxy Hotel Hunt’s Stella Artois Stella Cidre


Independent Film Festival of Boston Alden & Harlow Hops N Scotch WGBH LEF Foundation Double Exposure Film Fest Boston Jewish Film Festival Wicked Queer Film Festival Spirit Magazine HubWeek Ninety Plus Cellars The Brattle Theatre Coolidge Corner Theatre Camden Int’l Film Festival Provincetown Film Festival