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CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. This year, CPH:DOX will run from April 21 to May 12, 2021.

CPH:DOX was founded in 2003, by the festival’s current CEO, Tine Fischer. CPH:DOX has had the pleasure of introducing its audience to some of the best Danish and international documentary films in Copenhagen for almost 20 years. However, this year’s festival is going to be slightly different from previous years.

When Danish movie theatres re-open on May 6, CPH:DOX will hit the big screen from May 6 – May 12.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s CPH:DOX will take the form of a hybrid festival taking place  online and in selected movie theaters from April 21 to May 12. The programme for 2021 will offer no less than 177 new documentary films which will be available on CPH:DOX’ streaming platform In addition, CPH:DOX will host an abundance of digital live talks and events with both national and international artists, experts and opinion makers, which will also be accessible for free for a global audience.

CPH:DOX continues to develop and expand. This year, we are presenting a programme that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talent, from spectacular premieres to experimental film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art. The programme goes beyond the traditional boundaries and offers new perspectives on the intersection between cinema and media art, which has been key to CPH:DOX’ success.

The best film festival in and for the world

CPH:DOX is working on becoming the best film festival in and for the world. We insist on freeing the transformative potential of art and documentary films. The appealing form of the documentary film allows for the communication of complex issues in an intimate, reflective and profound manner. And no matter whether the topic is political, philosophical, experimental or focused on a narrow section of the world, documentary films expand and question the viewer’s conception of the world.

It has always been our mission to reflect the complexity of our world. With the mantra ’’Don’t just watch. Listen’’, this year’s festival establishes a place for dialogue, and passes the mic to marginalised voices that we usually do not get the chance to hear from.

More than just a film festival

CPH:DOX doesn’t just show documentary films – we anchor them in social context through debates, artist talks, events and masterclasses. In the hope of creating real social transformation, CPH:DOX establishes a space for reflection, dialogue and opinion across our society, making sure that the films and their themes stay with the viewers long after the films have ended. 

CPH:DOX also caters for the established film and media industry, as well as new artists, with our 5-day industry event CPH:CONFERENCE, CPH:MARKET, CPH:LAB, and our international financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM.

Back to normal

In 2022 we are looking forward to hopefully welcoming everyone back, not just to local movie theatres, but also to Kunsthal Charlottenborg – a CPH:DOX’ hotspot – which usually hosts everything from film screenings to concerts and international industry activities. Kunsthal Charlottenborg offers a screening room, a spectacular Virtual Reality cinema, a specially curated art exhibition as well as several social and lounge areas.


Become a volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a part of CPH: DOX, you can read more about being volunteer here.


Contact us

If you would like to contact us, you can either contact us via Messenger on our Facebook page, or you can see our list of employees here.

If you are a journalist, you can find the press contact here.