Meet the Press Film Festival with DOC NYC

The Meet the Press Film Festival, now in its sixth year, will take place in New York City for the first time ever, screening Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Cinépolis Chelsea with a new partnership with DOC NYC, the country’s largest documentary film festival. 

The Meet the Press Film Festival with DOC NYC will continue the festival’s award-winning legacy as the preeminent showcase for issue-based short-documentary films.  

The one-day-only showcase, presented as a standalone festival in conjunction with DOC NYC’s 13th edition, will feature multiple concurrent screenings showcasing a carefully curated selection of critical stories highlighting the most consequential issues of the day. Thought-provoking, exclusive conversations with acclaimed filmmakers and industry professionals will follow each film, moderated by NBC News correspondents and anchors, including Meet the Press Moderator and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd.

The partnership with DOC NYC furthers Meet the Press’ investment in amplifying the best in short documentary film making. The festival will provide an expansive, one-of-a-kind platform for non-fiction filmmakers across the country to connect Meet the Press and NBCU News Group audiences with the film community beyond the one-day festival. This builds on NBC News Studios’ existing relationship with DOC NYC, which will continue throughout 2022. 

“Documentary film inspires and engages viewers in ways no other medium can. When we created this film festival, we wanted to create a space for these storytellers that did not exist at the time. Six years later, we are excited to bring the festival to the artistic capital of the world and work with DOC NYC for the first time to shine a light on the voices and storytellers highlighting issues facing everyday Americans and communities across the globe,” said Chuck Todd. 

Over the last five years, the Meet the Press Film Festival has been the first home for nearly 100 short documentary films from nine countries. The festival has screened more than a dozen Oscar® and Emmy® nominees including “Lead Me Home,” showcased at last year’s film festival, and “Knife Skills,” “Edith + Eddie” and “Heroin(e)” in 2018. “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re A Girl)”, featured at the film festival in 2019, won the 2020 Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 92nd-annual Academy Awards. 

Film submissions for the Meet the Press Film Festival with DOC NYC opened earlier this month and will remain open through July 1 via FilmFreeway. All entrants to be notified via email of their status by Sept. 30, 2022. For terms and eligibility requirements, please visit FilmFreeway or email