With the exception of events taking place at SVA Theatre:

Per NYC government guidelines, please consider wearing a face mask while indoors at DOC NYC events taking place at IFC Center, Cinépolis Chelsea and off-site event & party venues.

The following health and safety protocols are also currently in effect at most festival venues:

  • Electronic ticketing and easy entry – Online ticket purchasers can skip the box office and get their Print-At-Home, mobile or Apply Wallet / Google Pay ticket scanned for entry.
  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the building (with the exception of SVA Theatre), in accordance with the current NYC government guidelines.

For screenings and events taking place at SVA Theatre:

All festival guests & staff are required to show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (14 days past the final dose of the vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO – accepted vaccines listed here), along with a photo ID (for guests 18 years old and older) in the same name, to attend DOC NYC screenings & events taking place at SVA Theatre. Guests under 18 may use a school photo ID or must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Children under the age of 5 are only permitted in the SVA Theatre at the discretion of venue management.

Additionally, per SVA’s rules, all guests are required to wear approved face coverings / masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times while attending an event at the venue. For those who do not have approved masks, SVA Theatre will provide masks free of charge (as supplies last).

The following will be accepted for proof of vaccination:

If you have purchased a ticket to a screening or event at SVA Theatres, but are unable to provide proof of vaccination, please contact us at We’ll be happy to provide a refund.


Select festival events may have additional attendance requirements for health and safety. Any additional requirements will be included with individual event details. 

Select films will also be available to screen online for the 2022 festival. Additionally, we encourage you to check out DOC NYC PRO’s archived 2020-2022 online classes about all aspects of documentary making.

If you have any questions, please email

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

– The DOC NYC Team

Last updated: September 22, 2022