• 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
  • Additional partnerships coming soon in other regions across the United States! Please check back soon.

Project Submissions

We accept applications on a year-round, rolling basis from independent filmmakers.

See guidelines and apply


  • Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
    New York, NY

    A work-in-progress screening of filmmaker Judith Helfand's personal film, 'Love & Stuff' - Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother die in home-hospice, becomes a “new old” single mother at 50. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her “stuff”: 63 boxes of her parents’ heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half-century older than her daughter.

  • Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
    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.

  • Monday, February 4, 2019 - 9:00pm
    Los Angeles, CA

    Join IDA and Film Independent on Monday, February 4, for the first DocuClub LA of 2019 with a screening of From Here.