New DOC Start-Up Membership

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DOC New Start-Up Membership Category

Frequently Asked Questions

Introducing the new DOC Start-Up membership!

DOC is making itself more accessible to the newest generation of documentary creators by creating a new entry-level professional membership option, the DOC "Start-Up" membership.

Qualifying new members can now enjoy all the benefits of DOC Membership for up to two years at a reduced rate.

By making DOC more accessible, we can grow our community, strengthen the organization, and make our voices heard even more extensively by broadcasters, funders, policymakers, festivals, and audiences at home and abroad.


Frequently Asked Questions

What's a Start-Up? How do I know if I qualify?

New members to DOC, who qualify, can register under the "Start-Up" category, which is limited to your first two years of membership.

If any of the following applies to you, you qualify!

  • You’ve incorporated your first company within the last two years
  • You’ve graduated within the last two years
  • You’re directing or producing your first non-student production (regardless of length)

Please provide proof of above in the form of a scan of academic registration, incorporation letter, or any other certified proof. If none of the above applies to you, but you think you may still qualify, give us a call and we can discuss your particular situation. Following this initial Start-Up period, we hope to see you register in one of our DOC Pro categories.

If you a new documentary creator, there's never been a better time to JOIN DOC!

What if I am still in school?

Members with a valid student ID can take advantage our most affordable membership: the DOC Student membership!

Do Doc Start-Up and Student Members have access to the same member benefits as DOC Pro Members?

Yes, all DOC members have access to all of DOC’s great member benefits, including access to our highly informative member discussion board, discounts on insurance, Indiegogo crowdfunding, POV Magazine, Festival Concierge, etc.

Same member benefits?! What’s the catch?

There’s no catch, except that we really want to make DOC accessible to all documentary creators across the country. There is power in numbers.

Where do I join?

Join online at or call us at 1.877.467.4485, ext 2 or 416-599.3844 ext. 2.

Still have questions? Need more information?

Contact us at or call us 1.877.467.4485, ext 2 or 416-599.3844 ext. 2.