• 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

DocuClub is a work-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look of 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, select filmmakers are paired with seasoned story/editing consultants to help them integrate audience feedback into their film.

In 2021, due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, DocuClub will be held virtually. Screenings will be held on the Eventive platform, and feedback discussions will take place in a Zoom meeting immediately following screenings.

DocuClub is presented in partnership with:

  • DCTV in New York City
  • Film Independent in Los Angeles
  • Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking in Honolulu
  • NOVAC in New Orleans
  • Sisters in Cinema in Chicago

Project Submissions

We accept applications on a year-round, rolling basis from independent filmmakers. Details related to preferred screening times will be included in the online application.

See guidelines and apply

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 or call (213) 232-1660 ext 209.


  • Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm PST
    Los Angeles, CA

    Please join the IDA & Film Independent on Mon. Feb. 24, for the first DocuClub LA of 2020 with a screening of the docuseries 'A Town Called Victoria'. Following the screening, we will be joined by director/producer, Li Lu, producer, Anthony Pedone, and editor Evita YuePu Zhou for a moderated discussion.

  • Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
    New York, NY

    Join IDA & DCTV for a work-in-progress screening of filmmaker Theresa Ortolani's 'SAUDADE: Name of the Father.'

  • Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Los Angeles, CA

    Join IDA and Film Independent on Mon. Sept 9, for a WIP screening & feedback session of 'Memphis.