Filmmakers benefit by having constructive feedback on works-in-progress at different stages of the process. These programs and services can help:
Docs In Progress’ longest running program is for documentaries at the rough cut stage. Films are selected through a submission process for a public screening and facilitated feedback session. Learn more.
Held jointly with Women in Film and Video, the Roundtables are generally held on the second Monday of every month (except when there are holidays). These free gatherings are an antidote to the documentary filmmaker working in isolation, providing a support network, peer feedback, and expert advice. Roundtables switch off between Silver Spring (networking and peer feedback on trailers) and Washington DC (networking time plus a guest expert). This program is only open to filmmakers based in the DC/Baltimore Metro areas.
Several times a year, Docs In Progress organizes Peer Pitch, an opportunity to practice pitching your documentary in front of a group of peers and get feedback on the pitch before trying it out on industry. Currently, Peer Pitches take place in four regions of the country: Peer Pitch East (at our space in Silver Spring), Peer Pitch West (at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival), Peer Pitch Midwest (in Chicago, IL), and Peer Pitch South (in Durham, NC)
Do you have a great idea for a documentary, but aren’t sure how to turn it into reality? Are you swimming under a sea of footage? Are you confused by the process of fundraising? Do you need fresh eyes to help you turn your three hour rough cut into a PBS hour? Are you wondering what to do with your project now that it’s done?
Docs In Progress offers one-on-one guidance for documentary filmmakers at all stages of the filmmaking process. Whether you need help turning an idea into a proposal or have a rough cut and need feedback on how to develop your story effectively, we can help you.
Our rates are very accessible for independent documentary filmmakers and are an excellent investment to save you money and time spent on editing, focus groups, and targeting the wrong audiences.
The first step in requesting a consultation is to submit our consultation request form. A member of the Docs In Progress staff should follow up with you by e-mail or phone within a week.
Focus Group Screenings
Whether it’s an issue of timing or an interest in having a more intimate or targeted group review your documentary, Docs In Progress can help arrange a private Focus Group for you to get feedback on a documentary rough cut or fine cut. These screenings are held at Docs In Progress for an audience of 6-12 people who include experienced filmmakers and others who may have a topical interest in the film. Contact us for more information.
Docs In Progress opens up the Documentary House for two community gatherings per year, one during the AFI DOCS Documentary Film Festival in mid-June and one to celebrate the season’s end in December. These gatherings are free to attend for Docs Insiders members.
In addition, we organize annual gatherings exclusively for Fellows and Fiscal Sponsorees.