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

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

Non-Fiction storytelling today has never been more vibrant, nor 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, contextualize the stories of our time, and forecast the stories of our future.

DC/DOX 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. The festival takes place in marquee venues around Washington, DC. It showcases a lineup of 70+ exceptional feature and short documentaries from all around the world, with a program that represents 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 are followed by Q&As with filmmakers, or 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. The Washington Post is the festival’s founding media sponsor.

The second edition of DC/DOX takes place June 13-16, 2024. The program will be announced in early May.


DC/DOX is co-founded by industry veterans Sky Sitney and Jamie Shor, who bring decades of experience in festival creation and programming, documentary distribution, press and marketing.

Sky Sitney


Sky Sitney is the co-founder and festival director of DC/DOX. She is the former festival director of AFI Docs (previously known as Silverdocs), and is recognized as one of the key contributors in helping it become one of the leading documentary festivals in the United States. She worked for the festival from 2005 until 2014. After leaving AFI Docs, Sky co-created and co-directed Double Exposure, a festival and symposium which explores the intersection of film and investigative journalism. She co-directed Double Exposure for 8 years between 2015 and 2023.

Sky also served as director of the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University from 2017 – 2023, where she currently serves as Professor of the Practice and teaches a variety of courses in cinema studies. And she has held previous programming positions for the Newport International Film Festival, the New York Underground Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. She has held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features.

Sky has held 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 Cinema Eye Honors, the Gotham Awards, the IDA Awards, the POV editorial committee, and she serves as a Chair for the Peabody nominating committee for Best Documentary.

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.