DOCVILLE for professionals - FAQ


DOCVILLE welcomes (documentary) film professionals from all regions to join us. We created this Frequently Asked Questions page. Have any further questions? Don't hesitate to contact us at


Accreditation and Passes

When is the 2024 edition of DOCVILLE planned?

The 2024 edition is planned between 20-28th March 2024. March 20th will be the opening film, the closing and award ceremony is planned on March 28th.


What are the requirements for accreditation?

If you a documentary or film professional, you are eligible to buy an accreditation pass. This includes all sales agents, distributors, production companies, buyers, commission editors, film school teacher and students (see below for information about a special rate). 
For individual film professionals, not connected to a known company and not related to a selected film at one of the previous DOCVILLEs, do give us a link to your filmography while requesting and/or send us a email beforehand at If you are unsure whether you qualify, contact us.


Are there special rates for film students or press?

Yes, fulltime film students get a 50% reduction on the fee, contact your school or the festival for a special voucher code. Press that will cover DOCVILLE are typically eligible for a complimentary pass.


Can I transfer my pass to someone else?

Unfortunately you cannot transfer your pass to someone else as the pass is strictly personal and will be asked to be presented (together with your ticket) at the ticket check. If you need to cancel your pass, please do it as quickly as possible and certainly before the start of the festival, mail us at


Can I buy a pass if I am not involved in the film business?

Our accreditation passes are only available for film professionals. Of course you are still very welcome to join us, almost all screenings and events are open for the general audience, even those who are mainly targeted at film professionals (like masterclasses, workshops, etc..). For some events a special invite is needed, this will be clearly indicated on the events page.
However, there is an option for documentary film buffs: the festival pass! With a festival pass you can visit (almost) all screenings, events, masterclasses, etc... for free. It will also give you access to a "DOCVILLE presents" screening in Cinema ZED Vesalius, once a month from April till February (10 screenings in total). It will however give not access to specific advantages meant for film professionals like the online guest list, screening room and film contact data.

=> If you want to purchase a festival pass, click here.


I am a filmmaker with a selected film at DOCVILLE, can I (and my team) get an accreditation pass?

Yes of course, all filmmakers with a film in the selection are eligible for a free accreditation pass for yourself and your team. As a rule of thumb we provide up to 4 passes for feature length films and 2 passes for short films. Contact us if you think this will not be enough. Next to passes, filmmakers can request extra (free) tickets for their own screening. 


When is the accreditation form available and how much does it cost.

We plan to have the accreditation request form online from September 1st, an accreditation pass will cost € 30  (€ 15 for film students).


Can I see films online?

For accredited guest, you are able to log in (on the right hand side of the page) with your acceditation code. If a screener exist, a green arrow will appear below the photo on the film detail page. Screeners are avaible 4 hours after the first premiere at the festival.

For an overview of all available screeners, check:


Practical information

How to get tickets with (or without) an accreditation pass?

Ticket sales open beginning of March (exact date to be determined). You can buy a ticket via the individual film pages at or at the ticket counter of Cinema ZED Vesalius. If you have an accreditation or festival pass, you follow the same procedure as a "normal" ticket buy, however, when ordering please selected "DOCVILLE - Accreditation" or "DOCVILLE - Festivalpas" as option, when prompted fill in your pass number in the highlighted field.


Can I cancel tickets that I booked with an accreditation pass?

Yes, you can cancel tickets up to 24 hours beforehand by visiting or by contacting our ticket office. Please be aware that repeated no-shows can lead to cancellation of your pass, including all booked associated tickets.


What locations will be used by the festival?

The main festival location will be at Cinema ZED Vesalius (A. Vesaliusstraat 9c, 3000 Leuven), other venues include 30CC/Wagehuys (Brusselsestraat 62, 3000 Leuven), Kinepolis Leuven (Bondgenotenlaan 145, 3000 Leuven). Other locations might be added later on.


How to get around Leuven? Do I need to get a car / bike ?

All activities will take place within the historical city center of Leuven, which is very walkable. If you want to act like a local, rent a bike. With exception of Kinepolis, the venues have not dedicated parking, although underground parkings are always near.


Where to stay in Leuven?

Leuven has its fair share of hotels, hostels and B&B-accommodations. Our partner festival hotel is IBIS Leuven Centrum, do mention you are staying for the DOCVILLE festival.


How to reach Leuven? Does the festival pick up guests?

The festival is not able to offer transfer to/from the festival. However, Leuven is easily reachable via Brussels National Airport (Zaventem), Brussels South train station. From there it's a 20 minute train ride to Leuven station, which drops you right in the city center. You can walk from the train station to either the festival location or the festival hotel in about 10-15 minutes, busses and taxi's are also available at the train station.



What's the difference between DOCVILLE and ScienceVille?

DOCVILLE is the name of the main festival which emcompasses different subsection and competitions. ScienceVille is a thematical subsection of the festival dedicated to science-related documentaries, activities, workshops, debates, etc...


When will the festival programme be announced?

Beginning of March. Feel free to subscribe to our mailinglist or Facebook page for up to date information.


I only understand English, can I come to the festival?

Of course! All our staff are fluent in English, 95% of our screenings are either subtitled or spoken in English. The subtitling and dialogues are mentioned on the individual film pages.