DOC NYC has announced its expanded industry focused programs that will be featured during the seventh edition of the film festival. The event will take place November 10 -17 and for a third year in a row, HBO Documentary Films will be the Leadership Sponsor.
“For six years, we’ve carefully nurtured our industry offerings to establish a must-attend gathering,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers in the press release. “Last year saw major growth under the new banner of DOC NYC PRO, the new conference location at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and its new lounge. This is a vital networking hub for doc makers to get their future films made.”
America’s largest documentary film festival also announced that the Visionaries Tribute luncheon will take place on November 10 and be moved to a larger location, following two years of the event being sold out in advanced. The celebration includes the presentation of various honors and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Details of the new highlights are below:
– Short List Day (Nov 11) – The DOC NYC Short List picks 15 of the year’s hottest documentaries, with directors in attendance, as the lead-in to awards season. Last year, the list included all five films that went on to be Oscar nominees. In 2016, a full day will be devoted to conversations with the Short List filmmakers, broadening the popular single panel last year.
– Only in New York Meetings (Nov 14-17) – New to the festival, four days of networking sessions will allow filmmakers to get face time with key decision makers in the worlds of financing, post-production, distribution, festival programming and more.
– Pitch Perfect (Nov 14) – Expanding on previous DOC NYC pitch panels, this daylong event will select 6 work-in-progress documentaries for the filmmakers to pitch in a roomful of leading industry players. The structure is designed to connect filmmakers not only to financiers, but also to producers, post-production supervisors, sales agents, publicists, outreach coordinators and other mentors key to finishing a film and reaching an audience.