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DOC NYC PRO returns with double the programming!

Our 8 day conference DOC NYC PRO, which is co-presented by Amazon Studios, doubles in size this year, incorporating two simultaneous daily programming tracks, expanding its “Only in New York” meetings and launching the new “40 Under 40” initiative. Below is our initial list of participants for the expanded conference, as well as new themed tracks. Check out our discounted Festival Passes here! Available for a limited time.

Confirmed to take part in the 2018 DOC NYC PRO conference are Abigail Disney (Fork Films), Nelson George (A Ballerina’s Tale), Amy Hobby (Tribeca Film Institute), Opeyemi Olukemi (POV), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) and Dawn Porter (Bobby Kennedy for President), who will each give one of the daily keynote Morning Manifesto talks. Over 200 filmmakers and industry professionals are expected as panelists and speakers during the conference, including Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), Carla Gutierrez (RBG), Penny Lane (Nuts!), Darius Clark Monroe (Random Acts of Flyness), Marilyn Ness (Charm City), Kimberly Reed (Dark Money), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), Clay Tweel (Gleason) and Nanfu Wang (I Am Another You). Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks.

Also returning this year is our program to support documentary feature and series works-in-progress, “Only In New York,” co-presented by Showtime Documentary Films. Returning for the third year, “Only In New York” provides an opportunity for participating filmmakers to connect with industry leaders during four days of meetings. Organizations participating in the “Only In New York” meetings include A&E IndieFilms, Amazon Studios, HBO Documentary Films, Impact Partners, Showtime Documentary Films and more.

Additionally, DOC NYC PRO unveiled the previously announced “40 Under 40,” a new initiative spotlighting emerging talent in the nonfiction world. The day-long event, on Tuesday, November 13, celebrates documentary directors, producers, cinematographers and editors born in 1979 or later and who are based in the US or Canada. “40 Under 40” is co-presented by Topic Studios, the new entertainment studio from First Look Media, joining the Festival as a first-time sponsor.

Industry programming has been part of the Festival since its beginning and was branded as DOC NYC PRO starting in 2015. The program has grown each year, including the notable additions of tracks devoted to DOC NYC’s celebrated Short List, a festival programming strand honoring the best nonfiction of the year, and “Pitch Perfect,” co-presented by A&E IndieFilms, a professional pitching forum; as well as “Only in New York” meetings that were piloted in 2016 and expanded significantly in 2017. The 2018 edition of DOC NYC PRO will include new tracks focused on first-time filmmakers, short filmmakers, and unscripted content, among other topics.

DOC NYC has partnered with Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) for the IF/Then Shorts pitch on “Pitch Perfect” day. The pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics about the American Northeast. One project, selected by the jury, will receive up to $20,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.

DOC NYC PRO will take place concurrently with the Festival, November 8-15.

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