DocuClub Guidelines

Please review the guidelines in full prior to submitting your film. Contact sponsorship@documentary.org with any questions pertaining to your project's eligibility or the application process in general.

About DocuClub

DocuClub is a monthly work-in-progress screening series alternating between New York and Los Angeles that offers filmmakers regular opportunities to get valuable feedback about their creative process from the public and their peers. DocuClub offers the public and members of the film community advance access to new documentaries in progress, and the opportunity to provide thoughtful feedback and to participate in behind-the-scenes conversation with filmmakers and creators. 

Deadline

We will be accepting applications on a year-round, rolling basis. Details and deadlines related to specific upcoming dates will be included in the online application and updated regularly.

Eligibility

  • Submissions will be accepted on a year-round, rolling basis.

  • The applicant must be a producer and/or director of the submitted work.

  • The applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original project. For the purposes of this program, IDA defines an independent filmmaker as a content creator who both owns the copyright of his or her work and has full artistic, budgetary, and editorial control of the documentary project. Documentaries being produced for or under the direction of a third party, such as a broadcast entity, university, foundation or nonprofit organization are ineligible.

  • The project must be in post-production at the late rough or fine cut stage - almost finished but before picture lock.

  • The project should be a feature length documentary (40 minutes or more).

  • The project director must be present at the screening in either Los Angeles or New York, but is not required to be local to either city. IDA will not reimburse or cover any travel expenses.

  • The applicant is not required to be a member of IDA to be eligible to apply.

  • The applicant is not required to have nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship.

  • Student films are ineligible.

  • Completed films are ineligible.

  • The applicant (Project Director) must be 18 years of age or older.

Exhibition Deliverable Specs

  • Container: QuickTime or MP4

  • Codecs: Pro Res 422 (not LT or HQ) or H.264 (highest quality)

  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080

  • Audio: Stereo (embedded in file)

  • File must be delivered by mail or in person at least two work days before your screening on USB 3.0, Thunderbolt Hard Drive, or via FTP

  • Blu-ray disc should be brought as backup on night of event

What you will need to apply:

  1. Once you click on the application you will be asked to register with Submittable, which involves entering contact information and choosing a user name and password.

  2. Fill out our brief online application. You can save it and return to it as often as needed until you are ready to submit.

  3. A link to a streaming version of your visual work sample for the current project you are applying with. There is no specific length required. Submit the sample that you feel best represents your project at its current in-progress phase. While samples may be any length, for longer samples we will only guarantee to consider the first 10 minutes. Reviewers may watch and consider more than 10 minutes at their discretion. We cannot accept previous work samples. 

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A program of the International Documentary Association, DocuClub is in partnership with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV).