June 2023 marked the launch of a major new international film festival in the nation’s capital

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DC/DOX is dedicated to promoting documentary film as a leading art form, championing new voices and innovations in non-fiction storytelling—using film as a catalyst to engage the most compelling issues of our day.

The new festival takes a bold approach to its programming, harnessing the deep interest in documentary film in the DC area, and building on the incredible value of this region to the national and international documentary industry. DC/DOX is led by a core team with decades of experience in festival creation and programming, press and marketing, and deep roots in the cultural and political landscape of DC.


The inaugural festival took place June 15-18, 2023 in marquee venues around Washington, DC.  It showcased a lineup of 60+ exceptional features and short documentaries from all around the world. The program represented the very best the form has to offer, from new and emerging filmmakers alike, reflecting a diversity of themes, perspectives, and aesthetic approaches. All film screenings were followed by Q&As and post-screening discussions moderated by leading journalists and subject area experts. The festival also holds ample networking opportunities and social events throughout its four days, as well as a series of panels, master classes, and workshops in its “Reality Check” forum.


Co-founded by Sky Sitney and Jamie Shor, DC/DOX leadership brings decades of experience in festival programming and event planning, distribution, press, and marketing with deep knowledge of and sustained commitment to the DC cultural landscape.

 The Washington Post is the festival’s founding media sponsor.

DC/DOX is a new documentary film festival showcasing powerful, timely stories in our nation’s capital.

DC/DOX brings together innovative visions, bold voices, and truth seekers in celebration of documentary cinema.

Once considered the margins of the film industry, non-fiction storytelling today has never been in higher demand, across every platform. We have moved beyond a golden age for documentary film, into a sustained golden era. At its best, non-fiction filmmaking has the power to connect people over our shared humanity, reframe the stories of our past, and forecast the stories of our future.

Industry veterans Jamie Shor and Sky Sitney created  DC/DOX as a new space to showcase these vital stories and celebrate the best of documentary film in the nation’s capital. 


Jamie Shor


Jamie is president of PR Collaborative, a leading public relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. It is the agency of record in DC for major film festivals, Bleecker Street, Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions, Screen Gems (a division of Sony) and an ongoing partner for SE Theaters, Hulu, and Netflix.
With a rich background in public policy and journalism, Jamie creates communication plans that put her clients in the national spotlight—and keeps them there. Whether it’s managing a crisis, devising long-term strategies, or assembling top-notch teams to execute campaigns, Jamie’s boundless enthusiasm and insider’s perspective add clarity and credence to any project. Jamie also has a long career in the arts outside of her work with PR Collaborative. She is the co-founder of the Impact Arts and Film Fund, which produced the Impact Film Festival at the 2008 and 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions as well as the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The festival was featured multiple times in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, National Journal, The Hill, Roll Call and many other publications.

Sky Sitney


Sky is the director of the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of courses in documentary cinema. Sky is the co-creator of Double Exposure, a festival and symposium that explores the intersection of film and investigative journalism, now entering its eighth year. Sky is also the former festival director of AFI Docs (previously known as Silverdocs), which she ran from 2005 until 2014.

Sky has held previous programming positions for the Newport International Film Festival and the New York Underground Film Festival, and has also held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features, and numerous consultancy positions for a variety of film and media organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Sky regularly serves on festival juries, panels, and award review committees, including serving as a Chair for the Peabody nominating committee for Best Documentary.

 Sky received an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her work has been published in the journal Grey Room and in the book Captured: A Lower East Side Film & Video History, as well as Documentary magazine.