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One of the most rewarding aspects of documentary filmmaking is seeing your work on a big screen and having a real audience respond to it. Docs In Progress is proud to present several different screening programs:

"Rough cut” screenings by local and visiting filmmakers who are seeking feedback on story structure and character development. These screenings are open to the general public and include a facilitated session where the audience provides constructive feedback on the story structure and character development of these not-quite finished documentaries.  This can be essential to help filmmakers move forward with creative blocks or to get a reality check on a film ahead of distribution. Find out more about how to submit.

Since our eponymous program began in 2004, more than 175 films have been workshopped through the screenings, the majority of which have since been completed. Alumni films include Out in the Silence, The List, Let the Fire Burn, The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, Fate of a Salesman, The Last Song Before the War, Deej, and Foreign Puzzle. You can see more about our Work-in-Progress Screening Alums here. 

With the support of the City of Takoma Park, Docs In Progress presents a monthly documentary screening program as part of the We Are Takoma arts series. These include finished films by alumni of our programs and other films submitted by local filmmakers. If you are interested in having us consider your film for inclusion in this screening series, please submit here.

Every November, Docs In Progress organizes a multi-day festival which spotlights films on local topics produced both by our students and by others in the community. Find out more.

Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Docs In Progress presents a series of paired thematic screenings of an award-winning documentary film by an established filmmaker and a new work-in-progress by an emerging filmmaker. Find out more.


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