Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

by Mary Ann Ponce
(Chagrin Falls, Ohio)

The Chagrin Doc Fest is a five day celebration of the spirit and passion of the documentary filmmaker inspired by the young filmmaker David Ponce.

The century Village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio welcomes filmmakers with daily filmmaker panels, parties, discussion forums and an enthusiastic audience.

The Filmmaker Lounge and “Meet the Director” events throughout the Festival are wonderful networking opportunities for filmmakers, sponsors and Festival supporters.

Regular submission deadline is June 15 through Without a Box.

About Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival was inspired by David Ponce, a Chagrin Falls High School Alumnus and filmmaker who founded Fevered Dreams Productions.

David was inspired to tell the story of Sparrow Village, an aids orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa in a documentary entitled “The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort”. He shot the film even as he faced his own battle with leukemia.

David succumbed in 2006 before his film could be completed. With the help of his friend Brock Carter and Chapman University/Dodge College of Film Assistant Dean Michael Kowalski, “The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort” was completed and has become an award winning documentary.

Fevered Dreams Productions has become a nonprofit organization dedicated to allowing talented filmmakers to tell their unique stories.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to Ponce and to all of the talented filmmakers who share their stories with us at this Festival.

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