Muestra Internacional Documental De Bogotá ()

Bogota International Documentary Film Festival


06 Jun 2019
Call for entries

22 Jul 2019
Festival closed

05 Sep 2019
Notification date

29 Oct 2019
07 Nov 2019


Cra 15A bis #58A-16.,  111311, Bogotá, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2018
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
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Festival start: 29 October 2019      Festival end: 07 November 2019

The Bogota International Documentary Film Festival focuses on the exhibition of contemporary documentary productions. For twenty years we have witnessed and accompanied a surge of the genre in Colombia and throughout Latin America becoming a space favored by filmmakers in the area. We foster the screening of films along an open exchange and debate around the documentary field.

MIDBO is organized by the Colombia’s Documentary Filmmakers Guild (ALADOS). The festival seeks to strengthen the debate around films as well as the exchanges amongst directors, producers, scholars, students, critics and professionals engaged in making documentary films, engaging the audience in the discussions.

The 21st MIDBO will be held from 29 October to 7 November 2019 in Bogotá (Colombia). We would like to invite filmmakers and producers, both local and foreign to submit their films and meet with other filmmakers using the opportunity for exchange and debate in this international encounter.

We welcome all sorts of documentary filmmaking. We will receive any form of documentary expressions such as: auteur films, research and ethnographic films, community and genre audiovisual creations, essay-films, personal or intimate search films, experimental, hybrid and collage films without restrictions or conventions.

For the first time, MIDBO opens a specific call for documentary works that make use of interactive and/or immersive technologies.


To quote the words of the recently deceased filmmaker Jonas Mekas, when he urged new generations to create "less perfect but more free films", in 2019 our film festival aims to give visibility to the creative and production processes that bring up alternatives to the conventions established by the film industry. The 21st MIDBO will have a special focus on documentary production that, in the midst of searching for autonomy and independence, gives particular views on the process of film creation which open up other ways of making films.

Special attention will be given to artisanal audiovisual practices, spontaneous, imperfect, always in process, fragmentary, experimental (sketches, film correspondences, notes, diaries, essay films...), which break with traditional forms and highlight the poetic power of documentary filmmaking. Films that, in their fragility, freedom and imperfection, propose singular, and often unknown, views of the realities of the world.

With the same aim, the 21st edition of MIDBO has a particular interest in the ways of making hat are emerging from the peripheries: collective and / or community processes, which have also question narratives, aesthetics and audiovisual production models.

Last but not least, MIDBO calls for documentary production carried out in all regions of Colombia, including works that result from alternative and / or community production processes, as well as professional works. In particular, we call for documentaries produced in Afro-Colombian territories, as well as international works of Afro filmmakers and themes.

These focus areas of the 21 MIDBO do not restrict the participation of all types of works, subject matter, form, format and duration.



The filmmakers and / or producers can register their films in the following categories:

1.1 National films

Will include recent documentary films by Colombian authors living in or out of the country, as well as films of any length and format. The theme is free.

1.2. International films

Will include recent documentary films by authors from any country other than Colombia, living in Colombia or abroad .

Films of any length and format may be accepted to the selection. The theme is free.

1.3. Films by emerging directors / filmmakers

Is a space open to Latin American* directors / filmmakers, whose works have been produced as part of an undergraduate audiovisual academic program, as well as films produced as part of informal education programs such as workshops and community processes. This category also includes the first documentaries of self-taught or empiric makers.

Recent films of any length and format can participate. The theme is free.

* Brazil, Caribbean region, Central and South America Spanish-speaking countries.


● Who may participate: Colombian and foreign directors, authors and / or producers, according to each category.

● Films must have been produced after January 1, 2018.

● Films in any language other than Spanish must have subtitles in Spanish. Films not subtitled in Spanish will not be considered for the selection process.

It is necessary to indicate if the film has been subtitled in Spanish in the information that must be completed on the Festhome platform.

We also suggest to use subtitles for works recording language difficult to understand for the audiences due to the use of slang or local norms.

● There are no restrictions as to the format used for shooting the footage but we request the exhibition copies of the selected documentaries to be in the following formats:
- Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) or higher
- Codecs: Apple ProRes 444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 or H264
- Container formats: .MOV or .MP4
- Audio: PCM or AC3 / Monophonic, Stereo or 5.1 (48000 Mhz 16 or 24 bit)

For the films of emerging filmmakers / directors it is necessary to indicate on the Festhome platform if it is a film made in a program or training process (please select the School item) and add the name of the formation program and of the institution or entity that realizes it.

● Neither journalist coverages nor brand documentaries nor institutional videos will be considered.

● When registering for the call, the directors / producers agree to present their films in MIDBO without the collection of fees.


Call for applications: 6 June 2019

Registration deadline: 20 July 2019, 24h (Colombian time)

Announcement of films included: 5 September 2019

Exhibition material is due on: 5 to 25 September


4.1. The submission of the films will be made through the Festhome* online platform in this link:
(Leo favor poner hyperlink)

* Colombian films made by community groups or processes may be registered at no cost through the following Link:

Please note that this option will only be available for Colombian community productions.

4.2 Those interested in participating must upload the film to the platform and fill out the information requested in the film profile (in special the information concerning subtitles in Spanish and the program or formation process for the films of emerging filmmakers).

4.3. The following materials must be uploaded to the platform, without which the inscription of the film cannot be valid:

a. Trailer of the film in full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 (if it exists).

b. Three (3) photograms of the film, in full HD 1080 x 1920, jpg or png formats.

c. One (1) photo of the director, in minimum resolution of 260 dpi, size 15 x 15 cm, jpg or png format.

d. A poster of the film in high resolution of at least 260 dpi, size 15x15 cm, jpg or png formats (if it exists).

4.4. Registration fees:

● National films: registration for national documentaries has a fee of $ 3, which must be paid through the platform.

● International films: registration for international films has a fee of $ 6, which must be paid through the platform.

● Emerging directors / filmmakers: in order to encourage the participation of new filmmakers, registration for this category is free of charge.


The exhibition copies of the chosen films must be submitted by 25 September at 12pm (Colombia time), by any of the following:

● High definition exhibition copy on Festhome, Vimeo or any other platform.

● Should the participant decides to post the film, MIDBO will not cover the shipping fees. The participant will have to pay the shipping and returning back charges. The copy must be in NTSC Blu-ray format. Copies must be sent to:

Ana Salas
MIDBO - International Documentary Exhibition of Bogotá
Cra 15A bis # 58A-16. Bogota, Colombia.

Under no circumstances the shipping costs shall be borne by MIDBO.


● The selection of films will be the responsibility of the programming Board.

● By submitting a film, the participant agrees all terms and conditions explained.

● Once the selection has been announced by MIDBO 2019, no documentaries can be retrieved from the festival.




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