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Now in its second year, DOC NYC’s 2021 Documentary New Leaders program will honor 10-15 figures in the American documentary industry whose work to date and potential for leadership will bring greater inclusion and equity to the field. The initiative is co-presented for the second year by A&E.

The 2020 Class of New Leaders can be found here.

The New Leaders will 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. Nominees may be based in any country but must have demonstrated experience and influence with the American documentary industry. 

Following an open call for nominations and applications, DOC NYC’s selection committee–which will include two members of the 2020 class 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 equitable and inspiring future.

DOC NYC will announce the new class of Documentary New Leaders prior to the 2021 festival in November. Over the subsequent year, the cohort will meet monthly in private online gatherings where they can discuss their challenges, opportunities and hopes for change. During these meetings, DOC NYC will bring in industry mentors to share leadership insights, and will create space for the New Leaders to hold frank conversations about their experiences, their hopes for career advancement and their shared goals for the development of the industry. DOC NYC will also create connections between the New Leaders and other filmmaker initiatives supported by the festival, including the “Only In New York” industry meetings program for film teams with works-in-progress.

Further perks for the honorees include complimentary access to DOC NYC PRO events happening online throughout the year, and to select in-person activities and meetings at the in-person 2021 festival in November. 

To nominate someone for the Documentary New Leaders, submit materials in support of your nomination – including three references our selection committee may contact during the selection process. Candidates are welcome to nominate themselves for the initiative.

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