John Scarafiotti
DOCUTAH screening of "Pancho Barnes" in Kanab.

DOCUTAH, the southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, hit the Public Broadcasting System's top 12 list for best small-town documentary festivals in 2012.

The list, published by PBS's online blog POV, named the winning documentary film festivals for their ability to escape the crowds, paparazzi and hype. Winners also had to be located in a city with less than 100,000 residents.

"Being selected as one of the nation's top small-town documentary film festivals for 2012 is a big honor for us," said Christina Schultz, DOCUTAH executive director and vice president of institutional advancement at Dixie State College, in a press release. "In only our third year, we feel priviliged to be in the company of other distinguished and established festivals on the list."

DOCUTAH is one of the five festivals on the list to be located in the west.

This year DOCUTAH, hosted by Dixie State College of Utah, will take place Sept. 5-9, 2012, in St. George and Kanab. Offered in the program are master class seminars and filmmaker panels where students and amateur documentarians can learn the art of filmmaking.

The 2011 festival attracted 325 film submissions from amateur and professional documentarians from 42 different countries.

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