The Winter 2023 season focuses on vital areas in the early stages of the filmmaking process, featuring invaluable insight from award-winning independent filmmakers and experts from the independent doc community. Covering topics from story development and funding, to thinking through using archival footage, finding international co-producers and grant writing, the program will educate and empower documentary filmmakers to help turn their vision into a film. Season passes and tickets for individual sessions are now on sale.

All registrants may participate in the live session and will also receive access to the recorded event, a written transcript, and a copy of any slide presentations after the livestream. Attendees may purchase individual tickets or a discounted Winter 2023 season pass good for all four sessions. Tickets are non-refundable. If you have questions about registration, please email

Additionally, we have a special two-day Grant Writing Workshop presented in two 90-minute sessions on April 5-6. This workshop is a live, online event and will not be recorded.

Winter 2023 Individual Events: $19 (available at links below)
Winter Season Pass: $55
Grant-Writing Workshop: $59

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When developing your documentary story, you face some crucial decisions: Which characters should you follow and how many is too many? Should you put yourself or your family in the film? Or maybe you’ve been offered the chance to pitch a story that explores a specific urgent topic but you’re not sure how to convey the stakes of the project. Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, educator and Chicken and Egg Pictures/Working Films co-founder Judith Helfand (Love and Stuff) will explore the thrills and joys of tackling those initial story development hurdles and critical process questions. This session will include Judith’s frank but supportive feedback on several pre-selected story ideas.

Funding is a key aspect of making your film, but often the most confusing and uncertain part of the process. Feeling empowered and equipped to have agency over the process can lighten the load. Join producer Darcy McKinnon (Neutral Ground) as she provides a detailed overview of the funding process, budgets, funding sources like labs/fellowships and the importance of having your pitch ready at all times!

The use of archival footage can elevate your story and add emotional texture. But choosing which archival footage to be a part of your film is a delicate balance between directing and editing. Join Adam Lingo, Senior Editor at National Geographic, and filmmaker Carol Bash (Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities) as they use their own projects  as examples to explore how to integrate archival footage to bring your story to life. 

International co-production can be a valuable part of your creative, production and fundraising strategy. But what exactly does an international co-production entail? What kinds of projects are best suited for this arrangement? How do you find an international co-production partner and what should you consider as you embark on a collaboration? Join veteran Canadian producers  Ina Fichman (Fire of Love), Ed Barreveld (Queen of the Deuce), Jessica Edwards (Skate Dreams) and Peter Raymont (Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On) as they share expertise and advice so you can chart your own path.

DOC NYC PRO presents a two-part intensive workshop on grant funding for documentary filmmakers. In two 90-minute sessions, this workshop offers filmmakers an introduction to successful grant funding, including best practices for creating proposals for documentary funders, from government agencies to foundations to private philanthropists.

DOC NYC PRO Winter 2023 Lineup

Developing Your Story
Wednesday, March 1 from 12-1:15 pm ET (online)

Funding Your Documentary
Wednesday, March 8 from 12-1:15pm ET (online)

Using Archival to Shape Your Story
Wednesday, March 15 from 12-1:15 pm ET (online)

Finding and Securing an International Co-Production
Wednesday, March 22 from 12-1:15 pm ET (online)

Additional Two Part Workshop

Grant Writing: A Two Part Workshop with Tracie Holder
Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 from 12 – 1:30pm ET (online)


Live ASL interpretation and CART services are available upon request. To inquire about accessibility for any DOC NYC events, please email

Gift Passes

If you are interested in purchasing a gift PRO Winter 2023 Season Pass for someone other than yourself, complete your purchase here.

Past Events

Recordings of past seasons’ DOC NYC PRO classes are available as individual event recordings.