Doc Alliance

Doc Alliance is an international network that gathers seven European documentary film festivals and to which Doclisboa has joined in 2013. The network annually works to promote and create interest and support to documentary film, especially independent and authoral films. To pursue these aims, Doc Alliance work on several projects, acting both on the promotion of films, but also on alternative forms of watching and distributing documentaries.
Besides Doclisboa, Doc Alliance is composed by CPH:DOX Copenhagen (Denmark), DOK Leipzig (Germany), FID Marseille (France), Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic), Docs Against Gravity (Poland) and Visions du Réel (Switzerland).

As a member of the Alliance, Doclisboa participates actively in its 2 main projects: the Doc Alliance Selection and Award and the VOD platform

Doc Alliance Selection and Award

Seven films, nominated by the seven festivals run every year for the Doc Alliance Award, which is delivered by a 7 members jury, all equally nominated by the festivals. The Award, 5.000 euros to the winner’s next film, is delivered in May, in the context of Cannes Film Festival.
Since Doclisboa has joined, two films indicated by the festival have already won this Award: Captivity by André Gil Mata (Doc Alliance Award 2013), The Quest of the Schooner Creoula by André Valentim Almeida (Doc Alliance Award 2014), Odyssey by Sabine Groenewegen (Doc Alliance Award 2019) and Ghosts: Long Way Home, by Tiago Siopa (Doc Alliance Award 2020).
Each festival then programmes a selection out of the 7 films in a special section to contribute to the films’ circulation.
To know the 2019 Doc Alliance Selection click here.


VOD platform with more than 11.000 documentary films. All the seven members work for its catalogue to grow, not only by promoting the platform to directs, producers and distributors in their countries, but also by creating online film showcases. Doclisboa presents every year thematic showcases: a part of the Sailing the Euphrates retrospective, Doclisboa award winners, a retrospective on the Carnation Revolution, retrospectives of Jorge Silva Melo and Catarina Mourão are some examples.