PBS includes DOCUTAH among its 12-pick list for small town film festivals

2011 DOCUTAH screening of “Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club” in Kanab, Utah | Photo Courtesy of DOCUTAH, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, commonly known as DOCUTAH, was recently listed by the Public Broadcasting System’s online POV Blog as one of the nation’s best “Small-Town Documentary Film Festivals for 2012.”

In all, the PBS list features 12 small town documentary film festivals “for escaping the crowds, paparazzi and hype,” small town being defined for PBS’s listing as one with fewer than 100,000 residents.

DOCUTAH is one of five festivals on the list located in the Western United States, including two in Colorado, one in Montana and another in California.

“Being selected as one of the nation’s top small-town documentary film festivals for 2012 is a big honor for us,” Christina Schultz, Dixie State College Vice President of Institutional Advancement and DOCUTAH Executive Director, said. “In only our third year, we feel privileged to be in the company of the other distinguished and established festivals on the list. We strive to engage our community and visitors in the festival, but this demonstrates to us that DOCUTAH brings value to the documentary film industry as a whole.”

The Third-Annual DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Film Festival, presented by Dixie State College of Utah, will take place September 5-9, 2012, in St. George and Kanab. People come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration.

The 2011 DOCUTAH Festival attracted 325 total film submissions from professional and student filmmakers from 42 different countries. DSC as the presenter adds an academic component to DOCUTAH, which welcomes student submissions and provides master class seminars and filmmaker panels whereby students and amateur documentarians can learn the art of filmmaking.

For more information on DOCUTAH’s website.


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