The 2023 festival showcases more than 200 films and dozens of events, including 30 World Premieres, 26 US Premieres, more than 105 feature-length documentaries, shorts programs and student film showcases. Plus in-person appearances by filmmakers at most screenings. 14 DOC NYC is running in-person from November 8 – 16 at West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater, and Village East by Angelika, and with extended online screenings available across the US through November 26, 2023.
This year's festival includes new work by veteran filmmakers Wim Wenders, Sam Pollard, Penny Lane, Dawn Porter, Karim Amer, Tamara Kotevska, Fernando Trueba, Ramin Bahrani, Chris Wilcha, D.W. Young, Kim Longinotto, Everado Gonzalez, Rebecca Cammisa, Geeta Gandbhir, Amy Nicholson, Jeff Zimbalist, and more.
LineUp German productions and co-productions
- AL DJANAT – THE ORIGINAL PARADISE by Chloé Aïcha Boro, 84min [International Competition]
- ANSELM by Wim Wenders, 93min, P: Road Movies GmbH, D: HanWay Films UK, [Special Presentation]
- DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO by Cyril Aris, 87min, P: reynard films, [International Competition]
- OBSESSED WITH LIGHT by Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum, coP: Christian Popp, WS: auTLOOK, [U.S. A. Competition]
- TOTAL TRUST by Jialing Zhang, 97min, WS: Cinephil, P: FILMTANK GmbH, [International Competition]
- WE ARE FIRE! out of the series DRAW FOR CHANGE by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama, 52min, coP: ma.ja.de., WS: auTLOOK, [Fight the Power]
- WHO I AM NOT by Tünde Skovran, 103min, coP: BULLDOG AGENDA Berlin/Brooklyn, [Investigations]
DOC NYC PRO FALL 2023, November 9–16.
- Live Pitch (Thu, November 9)
Industry Roundtables Live Pitch presents an opportunity for 8 filmmaking teams with works-in-progress to present live pitches to industry figures from the fields of distribution, financing, publicity, marketing, social impact, and more. The program aims to curate the most promising documentaries of the future for industry feedback, and select projects from a competitive pool of online submissions. Watch live pitches and discover how to make your best case to funders and other gatekeepers.
- Producing and Directing (Fri, November 10)
Join us for an enlightening day of panels featuring renowned producers and directors as they share their experiences, insights, and best practices in crafting compelling documentary films including a panel about mental health in the documentary industry. Co-presented by Hulu
- Cinematography (Sat, November 11)
Accomplished cinematographers will illuminate their techniques for capturing breathtaking visuals, crafting scenes, enhancing storytelling through imagery, and navigating the unique challenges of filming real-life narratives. Co-presented by National Geographic
- Editing (Sun, November 12)
Case studies from prominent editors will elucidate the craft and help build your editor’s toolkit. Insider tips on how to craft scenes for maximum storytelling impact will also be highlighted. Co-presented by Participant
- Journalism and Documentary (Mon, November 13)
Hear from experts on two panels as we explore the intersection of journalism and documentary filmmaking. Then join us for a special NBC Original Voices live pitch event hosted by NBCU Academy, NBC News Studios and IF/Then Shorts as six teams pitch their archival and journalistically-driven short documentary works-in-progress. Co-presented by NBC News Studios
- Music and Sound (Tue, November 14)
Let’s go in depth into the world of music and sound for feature docs. Hear about collaboration and behind the scenes tips from music teams on some of this year’s leading documentaries.
- The Business of Documentary (Wed, November 15)
Explore how to navigate the intricate business landscape of documentary filmmaking including inspirational examples of creative funding sources.
- Creative Distribution (Thu, Nov. 16)
Gain valuable insights on educational distribution, retaining film rights, and exploring innovative distribution ideas to reach wider audiences and make a lasting impact with your storytelling
- Additional details, including daily panel schedules and confirmed speakers, to be announced.
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• 14 DOC NYC 2023 •
DOC NYC is America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the 'top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world'. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center and Chelsea’s SVA Theater, the ten-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. The Festival will be a hybrid event, with in-person screenings and events scheduled in New York City from Nov 8 – 16, and online screenings continuing until Nov 26.
Included are 30 World Premieres and 26 U.S. premieres, with 20 films in the U.S. Competition, for new American-produced nonfiction films, and the International Competition, for work from around the globe, making their U.S. (or greater) premieres. The Kaleidoscope Competition for new essayistic and formally adventurous documentaries continues into its third year, while the festival's long-standing Metropolis Competition, showcasing New York stories and personalities, also returns. In addition, the festival includes thematically organized sections that spotlight new films on music, sports, activism, and more.
...and the winner of 14 DOC NYC's 2023 Audience Award is GARLAND JEFFREYS: THE KING OF IN BETWEEN, directed by Claire Jeffreys and produced by Blair Foster, Rémi Grellety, Sam Pollard, Evan Oppenheimer, Juliana Terian, Danny Zelisko, and Steven Van Zandt! Garland Jeffreys, the mixed-race Brooklyn native whose music defied industry norms, receives long-overdue recognition in this enlightening documentary. His unique fusion of folk, soul, and rock earned him accolades abroad, yet left him underrated at home. Jeffreys' story, narrated from his NYC home and featuring interviews with fans like Harvey Keitel, Laurie Anderson, and Vernon Reid sheds light on the life and artistry of an unclassifiable talent.