Only in New York (Works-in-Progress Features or Webseries) – Only in New York is an opportunity for filmmakers with works-in-progress (either features or series) to have intimate roundtable meetings with industry figures from the fields of distribution, financing, festival programming, and more. Only in New York is part of DOC NYC PRO, the festival’s industry programming component, and aims to curate the most promising documentaries of the future for industry consideration. Last year, participating companies included HBO, A&E IndieFilms, Amazon Studios, Sundance Institute, and over 40 others.

*Note: submissions are closed for the 2019 festival and will open in spring 2020 for the 11th edition of DOC NYC.

Filmmakers whose projects are selected for Only in New York will be able to participate in meetings over four days, November 11-14. Projects will also be featured on the DOC NYC website. Between 20 to 30 works-in-progress will be selected.

Submissions are open to nonfiction works-in-progress features or series proposals in any genre or style. Works-in-progress must be on track to be completed within 1-2 years, with at least 50% of their budget already in place. Filmmakers must submit a 2-5 minute video work sample, one-page description, and simple budget. Note: Only In New York is NOT for films that are nearly finished but finalizing post-production. Any soon-to-be-completed films intended to make their public screening debut at DOC NYC should be submitted as Features or Shorts. Works selected to participate in Only in New York do NOT screen publicly.

Projects will be selected based on their artistic merit, ability to engage an audience, and potential for success in the marketplace. Projects that are selected may have up to two representatives participate in Only in New York.

If selected for Only in New York, each participant will need to purchase a DOC NYC PRO badge, which will be offered at a significantly reduced rate, and provides entry to all DOC NYC PRO events, a robust program of daily panels and workshops, as well as networking events from November 7-14.

Additionally, projects chosen for Only in New York automatically will be considered for potential participation in Pitch Perfect, a pitching event that provides a nurturing environment for filmmakers to present works-in-progress to influential industry figures.

Filmmakers whose projects are selected for Pitch Perfect will be given 10 minutes to pitch, including trailer or clip, and 15-20 minutes of feedback from an industry panel. In addition to putting filmmakers in front of funders, Pitch Perfect seeks to connect projects to mentors such as producers, post-production supervisors, sales agents, publicists, outreach coordinators, marketing directors, and others to strengthen the film’s potential in the marketplace.

Only in New York applicants who are not accepted will also be provided a discount on select DOC NYC Passes, to be determined.

Awards & Prizes:

DOC NYC annually presents awards for the Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts, and Pitch Perfect sections, as well as an Audience Award, with award details to be announced on

Rules & Terms:
• Previously submitted documentaries will not be accepted, unless the film has undergone significant content changes (60% or more) and meets all other submission requirements.
• Feature documentaries are forty one (41) minutes or longer. Shorts are forty (40) minutes or shorter, including all credits.
• If the documentary is in a language other than English, it must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
• Promotional, instructional, industrial films or raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
• At this time, DOC NYC does not have a VR category.
• Generally, DOC NYC preferences newer films for inclusion. For the 2018 edition, we are ideally seeking films which are making their public premiere within the calendar year 2019, or, barring that, had their world premiere no earlier than September 2018.
• To be eligible for inclusion, Features must not have screened publicly in NYC prior to the Festival, nor have been broadcast on US television or online before the festival, nor commercially released on DVD/Blu-ray, VOD, or for download to the public.
• For non-competition Feature sections, exceptions may occasionally be made to consider films which have already screened in NYC – contact to inquire before submitting.
• While a NYC premiere is not a firm requirement for Shorts, preference is given to films that have not yet screened in the five boroughs of New York City.
• DOC NYC will consider Shorts that have had an online presence, though our preference is to spotlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

• DOC NYC strongly prefers Vimeo links over FilmFreeway’s video uploads.
• If you change your Vimeo link, or the password connected to it, make sure to email the updated information to
• Please Note: We do not accept DVD as a submission format. All entries must be submitted via Filmfreeway.
• Filmmakers may submit more than one documentary, but each documentary must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
• The Entry Fee is non-refundable.
• If submitting to Only In New York, you should provide a link to your sample footage via FilmFreeway and also upload your simple budget and one-page project description. If you have any problems doing so, email with those documents attached.
• Submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals.
• All entrants will be notified of their status on or around September 27, 2019 via e-mail.
• Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing
• Due to the number of submissions received, DOC NYC, unfortunately, cannot provide feedback on entries.
• For questions regarding submissions, see Festival Description or email


Early Deadline: February 15, 2019
Regular Deadline: March 22, 2019
Late Deadline: May 3, 2019
Extended Deadline: August 30, 2019

DOC NYC accepts submissions via FilmFreeway