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Now in its 8th year of “celebrating the art of documentary film making and connecting Dixie State University and the community to the world,” DOCUTAH has grown from a small town film festival to an exciting, eagerly-anticipated weeklong offering of unique and creative entertainment drawing filmmakers and sold-out audiences from all over the world.

To select this year’s menu of outstanding festival films, screeners spent several months viewing hundreds of submissions from all around the world before selecting approximately 70 to run from September 4 – 9, including everything from top-notch educational and entertaining short films to full-length independent movies, each focusing on a wide range of subjects relating to the human experience.

Playing at a variety of locations around town, films selected for DOCUtah look deeply at current world events, explore quirky habits of interesting men and women; or, look at the resiliency of the human spirit in overcoming hardship as well as life’s social, emotional, or physical difficulties.

The DOCUTAH Festival takes place annually on the first week of every September on the campus of Dixie State University.  The popular film festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase and be recognized for their work, but also offers DSU students the chance to discuss filmmaking and the business of film with those who are already making a name for themselves in this highly competitive industry (DSU’s College of the Arts now offers a new Bachelor of Science degree in digital film. To house the rapidly growing program, the University recently acquired a14,000-square foot former airplane hangar at the Ridge Top Complex in St. George, now named DSU Film Studios).

Recognition for filmmakers includes awards in eight categories including:  Best Feature, Best Short Film, Featured Audience Favorite, Short Film Audience Favorite, Best Foreign Film, Emerging Filmmaker, Humanitarian Filmmaker Award, President’s, Dean’s and Mayor’s Award … and the competition’s top prize – the Raven Award, named for the mystical bird, revered in many cultures and with a multitude of characteristics.

Tickets for the entire week, specific days or for each individual film are available online at https://tickets.dsutix.com or call the DSU box office directly at (435) 652-7800.
If you enjoy “a night at the movies” the DOCUTAH Film Fesitval is certain to be a pleasurable experience to add to your Southern Utah vacation “to do” list.  If a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home is also on your list, then register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

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