DOC NYC PRO and the UCLA Documentary Film Legal Clinic present a 90-minute workshop on the legal issues every doc maker should think about as they bring their project to market, particularly in unpredictable times. Featuring presentations and advice from the legal team behind UCLA Law School’s Documentary Film Legal Clinic, this session provides both practical guidance for filmmakers seeking to protect their work, team, participants and production companies–and ample time for audience questions.

Throughout the pandemic, entertainment attorneys have observed a sharp decrease in requests from filmmakers to form LLCs and other business entities; to draft and finalize contracts; and to complete the other legal steps required to reduce a film team’s personal liability, protect rights in their projects, and secure their financial interests. As the world re-opens and production schedules pick up their pace, the attorneys behind UCLA’s Documentary Film Legal Clinic offer a checklist of crucial legal concerns every filmmaker should consider. Special attention will be paid to pandemic-related legal issues, including the additional legal preparation required of documentary filmmakers as they anticipate in-person filming, navigate strict requirements from locations and local governments, and consider the safety and security of their teams and participants.

Tickets for this event are $19. Live captioning will be provided.

All registrants may participate in the live session, and will also receive access to the recorded event and a written transcript. Tickets are non-refundable. 

If you have questions about registration, please email For questions about accommodations and accessibility, including requests for live ASL interpretation, please email