DOC NYC x VC Storytelling Incubator 2021

The DOC NYC x VC Storytelling Incubator is a new initiative from DOC NYC and the Video Consortium. It connects emerging documentary filmmakers with underrepresented perspectives to established industry figures who provide hands-on creative consultation and professional guidance through a unique annual mentorship program.

Following an open call for applications, the Video Consortium’s Development Advisory Council, in collaboration with DOC NYC, reviews promising work-in-progress documentaries from rising documentarians and pairs them with established industry creators who complement their project’s needs. The cohort is announced in the lead-up to DOC NYC’s annual November festival.

Running from January through July, the mentorship provides a forum for mentors to provide feedback on each mentee’s work-in-progress nonfiction film, offering advice and insight on story, creative process, and funding and distribution potential over the course of six meetings. In addition to one-on-one mentorship support, the program participants also receive an opportunity to participate in master classes, closed community discussions, and intimate happy hours during the program. The Incubator concludes in July, with a festive screening and final gathering. 

As Incubator participants, mentees also receive free access to DOC NYC’s year-round online program of educational events; access to its 8-day professional conference, DOC NYC PRO, and waived submission fees to its Only In New York industry networking program for works-in-progress.