A Forum for Documentary Disruption

Call For Submissions

"Disrupting Documentary"


As we complete the publication of our initial journal volumes, we invite scholars and practitioners to submit work on a rolling deadline. We are open to any topic engaging nonfiction film or media that has the intention of disrupting the field. Whether its a pedagogical approach, a new manifesto, a book chapter or video essay, we are interested to see how scholars and makers are challenging the form and function of documentary and nonfiction film and media in the modern age.



  • Abstract of no more than 500 words with three bibliographic sources.
  • Bio of no more than 250 words, noting academic or industry affiliation.
  • Full essays may be submitted for consideration. Please note if the essay has been published before and where.
  • Full essays should be between 1,000-10,000 words. We accept academic papers, book and film reviews, interviews and articles of varying lengths.
  • Please use Chicago Manual Style for your submissions.


  • Project submissions include creative works, video or audio essays, interactive media, multi-modal media and any work that does not fit under the paper submission category.
  • Please include any relevant links to the project.
  • Project description of 1-2 pages, and/or any accompanying writing or scholarship to be published alongside the project.
  • Bio of no more than 250 words, noting academic or industry affiliation.
  • If selected, third party clearances must be in place, and media made available for download by the Documentary Film Institute.

Please follow this secure link for submission or send your entry to the journal editor soumyaa [at]


Photo of Kim and Rob Nelson with their film 100-Yr Roadtrip