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Photo by Dara Messinger

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Filmmakers of For Ahkeem. Photo by Jessica Lee

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Attendees of DocuClub NY: Cooked. Photo by Dara Messinger

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Photo by Dara Messinger

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Attendees of DocuClub NY: Afterwawrd taking notes. Photo by Dara Messinger

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Nathan Fitch and Bryan Chang of Island Solider. Photo by Nabin Park


About the Program

Founded by Susan Kaplan in 1993, DocuClub is a works-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look at new projects. Filmmakers and creators have the opportunity to showcase their rough cut and consult feedback from their peers and audience.

Why DocuClub

For many, DocuClub is the first opportunity for a filmmaker to share their work-in-progress in an intimate setting with a general audience at a critical moment in their process. Presented in partnership with regional film organizations, selected filmmakers are paired with seasoned story/editing consultants to help them integrate audience feedback into their film.

In 2023, DocuClub will be holding in-person screenings. Due to the ongoing limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we will continue to monitor public health and safety guidelines and adjust if necessary.

Our partner organizations for 2023 are:

  • DCTV in New York City

  • Film Independent in Los Angeles

  • Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking in Honolulu

  • Sisters in Cinema in Chicago

Project Submissions

Applications for the 2023 will open early February 2023 and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

See guidelines

For questions on participating in DocuClub please email docuclub@documentary.org.

If you need accessibility assistance in the application process, please email access@documentary.org.


Los Angeles, CA
Please join us Monday, March 19 a work-in-progress screening of In-Justice, spotlighting the impossible choices Afghan women face in a society that keeps them locked in bonds of tradition by presenting an intimate portrait of two heroic women fighting for their freedom after being wrongly imprisoned for supposed “moral” crimes by a male-dominated justice system.

Please join the International Documentary Association and Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking on Wednesday, October 6 for the DocuClub HI virtual work-in-progress screening of the feature film I of the Water: The Unwritten Life of Sia Figiel.

Los Angeles, CA
Please join us Monday, September 11, for the new season of DocuClub LA in 2017/18 with a screening of LAILA AT THE BRIDGE by co-directors/producers Elissa Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei.
New York, NY
A work-in-progress screening of 'Two Gods' about a Muslim casket maker and body washer in Newark, NJ decides to bring two young men under his wing to teach them how to build caskets, wash bodies, and how to live better lives. Soon they all realize they must rely on each other to beat the streets and live to up the potential they’ve been fighting for.
New York, NY
Please join us Monday, October 17, for the next DocuClub NY with a screening of Minding the Gap by filmmaker Bing Liu.

Please join the International Documentary Association and Film Independent on Tuesday, November 9 for the DocuClub LA virtual screening of the feature film Leveling Lincoln.

Los Angeles, CA
The Hosts is a feature documentary about the unknown stories behind the curtains of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Los Angeles, CA
Please join us for the launch of DocuClubLA with a screening of 'Skid Row Marathon' by filmmakers Mark and Gabi Hayes, and editor Tchavdar Georgiev. DocuClub works-in-progress screenings have a long and storied history in NYC, and we're excited to bring this program to Los Angeles.

Please join the International Documentary Association and DCTV on Monday, November 15 for the DocuClub NY virtual work-in-progress screening of the feature film Woman on the Outside.

New York, NY
DocuClub NY returns with Andres Cabellero and Sofian Khan's THE INTERPRETER.