“DOC NYC has quickly become one of the city’s grandest film events.” – Wall Street Journal
DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2013, DOC NYC had grown to over 130 films and events, becoming America’s largest documentary film festival. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center and Chelsea’s SVA Theater, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”
In 2013, the festival welcomed over 100 special guests including Sarah Polley, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Martha Stewart, Cornel West, Naomi Watts and many others.
- Village Voice: “In its fourth year, DOC NYC, another New York upstart, has boldfaced its claim to being the country’s largest documentary festival. This year’s lineup is the biggest yet. It is also, I’m pleased to report, easily the best.”
- The New York Times: “What was that about eight million stories in the naked city? With 73 feature films, 39 shorts, and panels and discussions, the weeklong DOC NYC gives New Yorkers even more to chew on.”
- Filmmaker Magazine: “In only its fourth year, DOC NYC feels like an institution.”
- Flavorpill New York: “DOC NYC has cemented itself as one of our favorite festivals of the cultural calendar.”
In 2013, the DOC NYC Short List included 9 films that went on to make the Oscars® Short List.