October is over, but Doctober lives on! By popular demand PFC is continuing to screen a majority of our festival selections in our virtual screening room. 


Each year, Pickford Film Center hosts Doctober, our annual film festival celebrating documentaries throughout all of October. Over the years Doctober has grown to be the largest documentary festival on the west coast, and this year we’re fully virtual. We invite you to take a look around and challenge yourself to see something different this year.

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Let’s face it- The world of virtual cinema is confusing, even for those of us who are living and breathing it.
Our films come from various distribution agencies, who are screening those films in other virtual arthouse cinemas as well. Rather than having each theater upload films to their own websites, distributors provide our virtual screening rooms with access to their own streaming sites. Sometimes, that means creating separate logins for different movies. It can be a bit convoluted, but it’s all worth it for those sweet, sweet docs!

How to access virtual cinema:

  • Step 1: Browse titles below.
  • Step 2: Follow the purchase links on each film's page. You will be redirected to a different site to buy tickets
    and may have to create a new log in. (This is different from your PFC membership log in, if you have one.)
  • Step 3: Purchase tickets.
  • Step 4: Check your email for a streaming link, and start watching!

Need help screening films from your computer on to your TV?

Doctober 2020 includes 21 feature films and 9 shorts. Scroll through the full lineup below, or view the titles organized by themes and common threads further down the page (for example, 11 films directed by womxn this year!) With the exception of a few titles (noted on their pages), all films open on Friday, October 9. Browse the pages now, watch trailers, make your list, and come back on the 9th to start watching!



While we can't do the usual punchcard style Doctober Challenge, we've thought up a new way to keep the challenge going and reward our awesome viewers for dedicating so much of their time to watching docs and supporting the Pickford.

This year, we're asking you to take a moment and review the films you watch for Doctober. It doesn't have to be long, and your reviews can be any style you like: a few sentences on elements you enjoyed or parts that resonated with you, a quick comment on a technical aspect you admired, or a full original poem, anything goes! Submit your reviews and once you reach 5 reviews, you will win one of our brand new Pickford beanies that will not be released to the public until after Doctober. Choose from three colors!

Arts & Entertainment

Womxn Filmmaker

BIPOC Filmmakers

Local Showcase




Queer Filmmakers + Queer Content

Strong Youth Leads

Films that include Closed Captions




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