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Established in 2003, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (referred to as GZDOC) is the only state-level documentary festival, with a longest history in the country. It’salso a market with financing and trading functions.

GZDOC is hosted by National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, organized by the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality, Radio and Television Administration of Guangdong Province, executed by Administration of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication of Guangzhou Municipality and operated by Global Raytur International Public Communication Organization.

In the past decade, GZDOC has evolved from an academic seminar with only 147 entries from 10 countries, to one of the most influential professional documentary film festivals in the world. In termsof the entry numbers and the attending countries, GZDOC now ranks as the topdocumentary festival in Asia and stands among the top 8 major professional documentary festivals around the globe. It also works with more than 30 international film festivals and a dozen of industry associations to promote documentaries from various countries.

GZDOC is keen to promote Chinese culture and Chinese documentary films to the world. More and more, it’s seen as an important window for outstanding programs from home and abroad, a major platform for exchange and cooperation with China documentary industry, and an important part of the international documentary community.

Each year, representatives from more than 100 influential documentaries broadcasting media, online streaming platforms, production houses, distribution agencies and industrial associations from China and abroad gather in December. Several thousand of industry executives, decision makers, producers, content buyers, as well as award-winning directors will attend and discuss the latest trends of the industry in Chinaand on the global market.

Golden Kapok Award Competition, Golden Kapok Screening, ‘China Storirs' International Pitching Session, DOCSHOP and NextWave Doc are major components of GZDOC. 

Golden Kapok Award Competition is dedicated to recognizing outstanding documentaries of the year.

"Golden Kapok Screening" aims to introduce premium films to the public, which include screenings during the festival and a 200-university campus screening tour in the mid-year.

'China Stories' International Pitching Session recruits Chinese stories for and from global market.

GZDOC DOCSHOP is a year-round factualcontent marketplace for producers, distributors, content buyers andcommissioners.

As part of GZDOC family, Next Wave International Student Documentary Competition (Next Wave Doc) is a top-level student documentary competition in China. It is committed to educating and spotting new talents for documentary industry.

GZDOC hopes to serve the documentary industry, develop new talents, as well as cultivate a taste for premium factual contents among Chinese audiences. With years of development, it has introduced thousands of masterpieces to the public. It aims to make Guangzhou the City of Documentary and a hot spot for China and Asia documentary industry.