Each year, Pickford Film Center hosts Doctober — our annual film festival highlighting documentaries throughout the month of October. Over the years Doctober has grown to be the largest documentary festival on the west coast, and this year we’re going fully virtual! With a lineup of over 25 feature documentaries and shorts, we invite you to see something different this year.

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker and guest Q+As and discussions. Take a look at each event below to find more details.

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What’s in store for Doctober 2020?

Here are some details of how Doctober will run this year:

Opening Night: Friday, October 9
This year we’re moving to a more ‘theatrical’ model and making our Doctober selections available to purchase and watch for weeks, instead of limited dates at specific times. This will allow for more accessibility and you can watch at your convenience!

New Releases Every Friday
Ticket prices will range from free / sliding scale admissions to $12, and member discounts will be available whenever possible. 50% of all ticket proceeds go to support the Pickford (unless otherwise noted), and because of security and film licensing protections, most films will be hosted on their distributor’s sites and will require a different ticket (and possibly a different login) for each film. Sorry – we know this is a hassle but we truly thank you for your patience and continuing to support the Pickford this fall.

Q+As will be live & pre-recorded
We’re cooking up some workshops, live Q+As and discussions, and ideas of how to interact virtually this year, and we’re also excited that many of the Doctober selections will come with pre-recorded Q+As and educational resources, so you can watch at your convenience.

The Doctober Challenge will still happen
We can’t let this tradition go even though we can’t punch your punchcards! We’ve got a plan, and some cool new merch. 

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