DOC NYC x VC Storytelling Incubator

The DOC NYC x VC Storytelling Incubator, a new initiative from DOC NYC and the Video Consortium, provides emerging documentary filmmakers with underrepresented perspectives with hands-on creative consultation and professional guidance from established industry voices through a unique annual mentorship program.

Following an open call for applications, the Video Consortium’s Filmmaker Advisory Council, in collaboration with DOC NYC, reviewed more than 100 promising work-in-progress documentaries from rising industry talent and selected 18 filmmakers representing 16 projects to participate as mentees in the program. Mentors, selected by DOC NYC Director of Filmmaker Development Caitlin Boyle from DOC NYC’s alumni list, will provide feedback on the 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, including one intensive meeting. In addition to one-on-one mentorship support, the program participants engage in a series of tailored 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; complimentary 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.

Our inaugural Storytelling Incubator cohort includes filmmakers from cities across the world, including Oakland, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, and Atlanta in The United States, as well as Mumbai, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Bangalore, the Australian Gold Coast, and Guwahati (India).