Who We Are

DOC NYC celebrates documentary filmmaking by connecting artists and audiences through powerful stories and diverse voices.

Click here for DOC NYC’s Code of Conduct.

Mission Statement


Guide audiences, industry, and press toward inspiring work, including discovering new talent and highlighting the year’s top films.

Support Filmmakers

Provide creators with opportunities for education, networking, promotion and dialogue throughout the year.

Cultivate New Audiences

Attract local, national and international newcomers with the excitement of an annual fall festival and year-round programming.

Make the Most of NYC

Reflect NYC’s status as a global documentary center and make New York’s documentary expertise more accessible to audiences worldwide.

Celebrate Diversity

Share compelling stories from artists of all backgrounds and welcome creators, industry decision-makers, and audiences from all cultures, ages, abilities and identities.

“This cinematic bonanza covers everything new and noteworthy in the world of documentary filmmaking.”

– The Huffington Post


For 10 of the past 11 years, DOC NYC has screened the documentary feature that went on to win the Academy Award and 49 of the last 55 Oscar-nominated documentary features.

DOC NYC is also an Academy-qualifying festival for short films.  DOC NYC’s winning short will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

In 2024, DOC NYC will celebrate its 15th edition and will take place in a hybrid format (online and in-person). In past years, DOC NYC took place at the IFC Center, SVA Theater and Village East by Angelika, with hundreds of special guests in person. Past guests include Daniel Radcliffe, Hillary Clinton, Eric Clapton, Emma Watson, Jim Carrey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Itzhak Perlman, Frank Oz, Big Bird, Sarah Polley, Jared Leto, Olympia Dukakis, Chris Rock, Seth Myers, Alia Shawkat, Lucas Hedges, Kevin Kline, Heather Graham, Jean Claude Christo, Wim Wenders, Rashida Jones, Darrel Hammond, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Omar Epps, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Spandau Ballet, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Bela Fleck, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, Guy Fieri and The Mekons. Audience attendees have included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Fred Armisen, Jim Jarmusch, J.K. Simons, Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Russell Simmons, Darren Aronofsky, Cornel West, Naomi Watts, among others.