Now in its fourth year, DOC NYC’s 2023 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 by A&E.

Submissions are now closed for 2023. 

The New Leaders cohort of 2022 came from 9 cities—including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Oakland, San Francisco, and others— and reflected a broad range of experience, including roles in distribution, community engagement, exhibition, social impact, organizing, festival programming, and journalism. While several honorees were filmmakers, the program highlighted the cohort’s leadership in roles that shape industry practices and culture.