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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: New York Times Op-Docs Set to Host First Live Pitch Competition (EXCLUSIVE)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! July 17, 2014 at 12:00PM

The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters. Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.
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The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters.

Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.

The winning pitch will have the chance to produce an Op-Doc for NYT on a budget of $5,000, and to premiere their short doc on NYTimes.com. Submissions for short docs tailored to the scope and vision of Op-Docs are now open for American documentary filmmakers. Here's how to submit.

“Op-Docs has grown to become a meaningful vehicle for some of today’s most imaginative and provocative non-fiction storytellers, and our competitions are an opportunity to involve both emerging and veteran filmmakers,” said Jason Spingarn-Koff, commissioning editor for Opinion video and Op-Docs series producer and curator. 

“The New York Times’s Op-Docs is a groundbreaking model that has created powerful new opportunities for independent non-fiction filmmakers.  It is very quickly becoming an indispensable addition to any filmmaker's resume,” said Cara Mertes, director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation.

The invite-only event will be presented in collaboration with the Ford Foundation's JustFilms and IFP, taking place Thursday, September 18 at the NYT building in Times Square.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 8. There is no submission fee.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.