DOC NYC taps Malikkah Rollins to lead industry and education


DOC NYC made a pair of personnel moves official on Wednesday (July 14).

First, Caitlin Boyle, the festival’s previous director of industry and education, will now work as DOC NYC’s director of filmmaker development. In her new role, Boyle (pictured, left) will launch a new DOC NYC mentorship program for emerging filmmakers from marginalized perspectives, collaborating with The Video Consortium and the Storytelling Incubator.

DOC NYC hired Malikkah Rollins (right) to take over Boyle’s former role as director of industry and education, which is part of the festival’s core leadership team. Rollins will lead the expansion of the festival’s mission to develop filmmaker careers and make it a global destination for the documentary industry to congregate.

Rollins will oversee initiatives like the DOC NYC PRO conference and Only In New York meetings for works-in-progress, which will take place during this year’s festival from November 10 to 18. She’ll also supervise online education programs that the festival runs year-round for a global audience, and industry-facing initiatives like Documentary New Leaders and 40 Under 40.

Before her new role at DOC NYC, Rollins worked with groups like Sundance Co//ab, D-Word, and Women in Film and Video (Washington, DC). She’ll begin her new role on Aug. 2.

“I am delighted to harness my experience as an educator, counselor, and community builder to grow DOC NYC’s essential work,” Rollins said in a release. “I look forward to deepening opportunities for filmmakers from around the world to benefit from DOC NYC’s online education and to welcome industry gathering in person at the festival in November.”

Boyle will also continue to work on the Only In New York, Documentary New Leaders and 40 Under 40 initiatives in her new role. Prior to her work at DOC NYC, Boyle was the founder and executive director of Film Sprout, a grassroots distribution and audience engagement company that specialized in documentary.

DOC NYC also announced on Wednesday an open call for nominations for two of its programs: Documentary New Leaders and 40 Under 40. The former puts a spotlight on rising documentary industry stars whose work bringers greater inclusion and equity to the field, and has a nomination deadline of Aug. 30. 40 Under 40 honors prominent young documentary directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and other creative talent, and has a nomination deadline of Aug. 15.