Mimesis Documentary Festival 2021

Big news! We're excited to announce our 2021 Featured Artist: internationally acclaimed Portuguese director Pedro Costa. An award winner at Locarno, Cannes, and many more, Costa's extensive career has transformed documentary and revolutionized the genres of docudrama and docufiction.

Costa will present work from across his storied career, including his latest award-winning film, Vitalina Varela (2019). He will also offer an artist-focused editing masterclass alongside his newly restored film, Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie? Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on how to register for this unique opportunity. Space will be limited!

We invite you to join us at MDF2021 to celebrate this distinctive director and his expansive body of work with a full week of screenings, events, and workshops that are not to be missed.

As infectious political anxieties spread across the world, we are acutely reminded that media build power through discourse. In demanding times, it is crucial to provide alternative paths for works that are equally motivated by form, aesthetics, alertness and care.

The second annual Mimesis Documentary Festival, presented August 4-10, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado, is an immersive theatrical and virtual experience featuring in-person and at-home screenings, workshops, and conversations with documentary artists, scholars, and producers from across the world. 

The Mimesis Documentary Festival is an artist-focused event encompassing short, feature, and expanded nonfiction ranging from traditional, docufiction, experimental, ethnographic, and regional documentary. We focus on personal, underrepresented, and culturally specific subjects that offer the most profound experiences of art made from life.

Mimesis is a not-for-profit initiative of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media to create and foster a local, regional, and international network of documentary artists, scholars, and producers. We are artist-focused, community oriented, and committed to providing a platform for the infinite potential of nonfiction media.

Wednesday, August 4 to 12:00am