Film festivals constitute one type of forum where documentaries frequently premiere.

There are thousands of film festivals around the world, some focused on particular themes, a number celebrating solely documentaries, and many selecting a broad array of filmmaking genres and subjects. Film festivals provide opportunities to spread awareness about a finished documentary, begin to build a loyal fan base, promote the production, and find distributors into end markets like television, theaters, and digital portals.

Winding through the maze of festivals to find those that will bring the most return to the film, fulfilling the specific requirements of each festival once selected, and following through with marketing strategies as opportunities permit are arts of their own. JEMGLO has had experience and success with these avenues.