In addition to screening great films, DocLands provides an interactive forum to help invigorate the business and art of nonfiction filmmaking and build an active, involved and fully supportive community around documentary film. Join us. Be part of the story.


DocPitch is designed to connect filmmakers and their ideas to funders, distributors, organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers, and future audiences. Up to five film projects currently in development or post-production have been selected to present their pitches. The audience will vote for their favorite, which will receive a $25,000 cash award. Please join us and become one of the first to witness these new projects in development and vote to help a filmmaker take home the cash!

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Each year we gather a few DocLands’ filmmakers together for an informal conversation to share thoughts, ideas, and strategies with each other, other filmmakers, and doc lovers. Topics have included different strategies used to sustain thriving filmmaking careers; how to use music and score to boost the power of documentary storytelling; and how best to connect with an audience deeply to help manifest social change.

In response to the unprecedented effects COVID-19 has had on public screenings, DocLands has partnered with The Variety Streaming Room, a new initiative for virtual conversations and events, to present DocTalk From Home on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00pm PDT on This 90-minute event will host a selection of filmmakers from the 2020 DocLands program in conversation with Variety’s Sr. Features Writer Andrew Barker, and will help showcase films that haven’t yet had exposure beyond the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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Conversations to be archived on

 Todd “Speech” Thomas, 16 Bars; Connie Field, Have You Heard from Johannesburg; Oliver Tambo; Alexandria Bombach, On Her Shoulders

Joni Cooper, DocLands Director of Programming Louie Psihoyos, The Game Changers; Velcrow Ripper, Metamorphosis

Joni Cooper, DocLands Director of Programming, leads a lively discussion during DocTalk 2019

Hillary Pierce, The River and the Wall; Krista Schlyer, Ay Mariposa; Andrew Harrison Brown Kifaru; Chris Temple Five Years North, Joni Cooper, DocLands Director of Programming


Photos © Tommy Lau Photography