• Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Filmmakers of For Ahkeem. Photo by Jessica Lee

  • Attendees of DocuClub NY: Cooked. Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Photo by Dara Messinger

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

  • 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.

Starting in October 2022, DocuClub will once again 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. DocuClub is presented in partnership with:

  • DCTV in New York City

  • Film Independent in Los Angeles

  • Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking in Honolulu

  • Sisters in Cinema in Chicago

  • Indie Memphis' Black Creators Forum in Memphis

Project Submissions

Applications are currently closed for the 2022 DocuClub season.

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.


  • A young guy plays a record player in a small, cramped bedroom.
    Monday, December 12, 2022 - 7:00pm PDT

    Please join the International Documentary Association and Film Independent on Monday, December 12 for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film NEW WAVE.

  • A Black femme in a white dress looks tranquilly toward the camera, as in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, at the bank of a river.
    Monday, December 12, 2022 - 7:00pm EST

    Join the International Documentary Association and DCTV on Monday, December 12 for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film ...

  • A young boy in shark slippers standing on a dirt road with the title of the film.
    Monday, November 28, 2022 - 7:00pm EST

    Join the International Documentary Association and DCTV on Monday, November 28 for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film ...

  • TBC
    Monday, October 24, 2022 - 7:00pm PDT

    Please join the International Documentary Association and Film Independent on Monday, October 24 for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film Break the Game.

  • TBC
    Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 5:30pm CDT

    Please join the International Documentary Association and Sisters in Cinema on Sunday, October 23 for the DocuClub Chi work-in-progress screening of the short film Finding Your Laughter.