Now in its third year, DOC NYC’s 2022 Documentary New Leaders program honors figures in the American documentary industry whose work to date and potential for leadership brings greater inclusion and equity to the field. The initiative is co-presented for the third year by A&E.

DOC NYC’s Documentary New Leaders initiative honors individuals whose innovative approaches to distribution, sales, festivals, and marketing work toward a more inclusive and equitable documentary industry. The 2022 selection process began with an open call for applications, reviewed by a selection committee including DOC NYC leadership, industry leaders, and cohort alumni. 

The list of 11 recipients draws from 9 cities—including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Oakland, San Francisco, and others—and reflects the honorees’ broad range of experience, including roles in distribution, community engagement, exhibition, social impact, organizing, festival programming, and journalism. While several honorees are filmmakers, this program highlights the cohort’s leadership in roles that shape industry practices and culture. Over the next year, the Documentary New Leaders program will host gatherings for honorees, offering a forum for guest speakers, camaraderie, collaboration and organizing. 

The 2022 DOC NYC Documentary New Leaders include: