Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is now accepting submissions for it’s 2023 festival.

The submission window is now open for the 14th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF), which will be held October 3rd – 8th, 2023.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of documentary storytelling and of the filmmakers who bring them their stories. Founded in honor of late filmmaker David Ponce, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is proud to bring stories from around the world to Ohio’s beautiful Chagrin Valley.

This inspiring and highly attended documentary film festival is entering its fourteenth year. Named to MovieMaker Magazine’s prestigious list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for eight years, the Festival takes place at venues in and around the lovely century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio with a focus on honoring talented filmmakers from around the world.

The Chagrin Documentary Film has welcomed an enthusiastic audience of more than 13,000 and streamed to a national audience of 34,000.


  • Early Bird Deadline: February 24, 2023
  • Regular Deadline: May 31, 2023
  • Late Deadline: June 15, 2023
  • Extended Deadline: July 2, 2023



In recognition of CDFF’s mission to honor the passion of the documentary filmmaker, Gravitas Ventures will guarantee distribution in the United States with a non-binding offer (from Filmmaker perspective) for distribution into over 100 million homes for winners of both The Best of the Fest and Emerging Filmmaker Awards. Gravitas Ventures will further guarantee that they will release the films within 6 months of the festival dates.