Announcing the New York Times Op-Docs Pitch at CIFF

Posted July 8, 2013

In collaboration with The New York Times, we are excited to announce the first Op-Docs pitch event in North America. Documentary filmmakers from the United States are invited to submit their ideas for short documentaries that fit the editorial and creative scope of the New York Times Op-Docs series.

Op-Docs is the Times’ 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

Selected filmmakers will pitch their ideas on stage at the Points North Documentary Forum. The filmmaker with the winning pitch will have an opportunity to produce an Op-Doc for The New York Times with a budget of $2,000 (USD). Subject to The New York Times’ approval, the documentary will premiere on

The deadline is August 9 and there is no submission fee. Send us your idea today!



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