The New York Times's Op-Doc series, a forum for short, opinionated documentaries with wide creative latitude, is extending an open invitation to US documentary short filmmakers to apply to Op-Doc's first live-pitch competition in North America. The prize is the opportunity to produce an Op-Doc for the New York Times, to premiere on NYTimes.com.
Op-Docs invites all US-based interested filmmakers to apply for the new pitch opportunity at this year's Camden International Film Festival, running September 26 through 29, in Camden, Maine. Six finalists will be selected to present their films on stage before a live audience and panel of judges, including Op-Docs staff; the winner will be given a budget of $2,000 for their NYTimes.com-premiering film.
The deadline for entries is Friday, August 9. All info on applying is here.
Op-Docs is also launching special screenings this summer in San Francisco (July 20) and Los Angeles (July 22), including on-stage talks with the featured filmmakers. These screenings mark the debut of Op-Docs screenings in California.