Op-Docs, the New York Times’s editorial department’s forum for short opinionated documentaries is looking for opinionated documentary shorts (running 3 to 10 minutes), Documentary filmmakers in the United States are invited to apply for a new pitch opportunity at this year’s Camden International Film Festival (CIFF): The pitch will take place as part of the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Documentary Forum running from September 26 – 29, 2013.
Six finalists will be selected to present their projects on stage in Camden, Maine, before a panel of judges from The New York Times (including the commissioning editor for opinion video, Jason Spingarn-Koff; Op-Docs coordinating producer Kathleen Lingo and series researcher Lindsay Crouse) and veteran Op-Docs filmmakers. This will be the first live video pitch event in North America for The New York Times. The event builds on the success of a recent Op-Docs pitch competition in England, at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which attracted more than 120 submissions.
Op-Docs is The New York Times’s editorial department’s forum for short opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Contributors range from Oscar winners (Errol Morris, Alex Gibney, Roger Ross Williams, Jessica Yu) to emerging filmmakers and artists. View the films at NYTimes.com/OpDocs.
The filmmaker with the winning pitch will have an opportunity to produce an Op-Doc video for The New York Times with a budget of $2,000 (USD). Subject to The New York Times’s approval, the documentary will premiere on NYTimes.com.
The deadline for entries is Friday, August 9, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. For more information and a link to the online application see Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Documentary Forum.
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