The DOC NYC film festival is revamping its eight-day industry conference as DOC NYC PRO, and will feature speakers such as HBO Documentary Films head Sheila Nevins, POV exec producer Justine Nagan and filmmakers Abigail Disney and Kirby Dick, among others.
The sessions will encompass keynote talks, panels, masterclasses and professional development workshops that will run concurrently to the New York-based event’s public screenings.
The festival’s director of development Deborah Rudolph is producing the sessions for the industry programming.
Other speakers include DCTV co-founder Jon Alpert, who will give a keynote conversation on November 17, Impact Partners co-founder Dan Cogan and International Documentary Association executive director Simon Kilmurry.
Initiatives new to this year include daily themes that kick off with a conversation featuring a filmmaker or industry professional; a First-Time Filmmakers Day (November 12); a Pitch Day (November 13) and weekend masterclasses on cinematography, editing, sound, animation, international coproductions and podcasting.
The Insiders Conference will run from November 16 to 19 and focus on producing, funding, distribution and marketing. It replaces the festival’s former Doc-A-Thon panels.
“DOC NYC PRO supplies a vital hub for documentary makers to gain access to fresh insights for growing their livelihood and deepening their art,” artistic director Thom Powers said in a statement. “As part of our growth, we’re focusing on craft discussions in weekend masterclasses and devoting our new Insiders Conference to an in-depth exploration of fundraising and distribution.”
The sessions will take place in the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The sixth annual DOC NYC takes place from November 12 to 19 and will feature more than 175 film screenings. Earlybird passes to DOC NYC PRO are on sale through October 13. Visit the festival’s website for more details.