The application process for the third annual Documentary New Leaders initiative for 2022 is closed.

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.

In contrast to past years, in which honorees were selected from a pool of nominated and self-nominated candidates, the 2022 edition of Documentary New Leaders will be selected from an open applications process, in which candidates from across the field are invited to apply for the honor directly.

Following this open call for applications, DOC NYC’s selection committee–which will include two members of the alumni classes of Documentary New Leaders–will review applications and nominations to recognize the accomplishments of rising talents who have created positive change in the documentary industry, and who are poised to bring the industry into a more inspiring future.

The New Leaders cohort is intended to represent a range of work and lived experiences and may come from any field within the documentary industry, including sales, funding, marketing, distribution, advocacy or community organizing. Applicants may be based in any country but must have demonstrated experience and influence with the North American documentary industry.

Honorees will be celebrated at the 2022 DOC NYC festival and highlighted on the festival website and social media feeds.