40 UNDER 40

DOC NYC has opened its application process for the fifth annual 40 Under 40 initiative for 2022. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2022. 

Submit your application here.

40 Under 40 celebrates emerging talent in the documentary world, including directors, producers, cinematographers, and editors. This program is co-presented by HBO Documentary Films.

Honorees will be celebrated at the 2022 DOC NYC festival and will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive online networking meetings with key financiers, distributors, broadcasters and industry figures as part of the festival’s Industry Roundtables program (formerly called Only In New York), co-presented by SHOWTIME® Documentary Films. The group will also be highlighted on the festival website and social media, and feted in an exclusive cocktail reception. 

In contrast to past years, in which honorees were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by peers and colleagues, the 2022 edition of 40 Under 40 will be selected from an open applications process, in which documentary creatives from across the field are invited to apply for the honor directly. Two letters of recommendation and a comprehensive biography are required as part of this application process. In addition, to qualify for consideration, applicants must have been born on or after November 20, 1982 and be based in the U.S. or Canada, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status. Applicants must also have at least one credit in the position of director, producer, cinematographer or editor on a feature-length documentary with national distribution via theaters, television or a digital platform.