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Doc/Fest, NY Times unite for ‘Op-Doc’ pitch comp

UK festival Sheffield Doc/Fest is teaming up with The New York Times for a pitching competition at this year's event, seeking a short doc of 10 minutes of less.
March 1, 2013

UK festival Sheffield Doc/Fest is teaming up with The New York Times for a pitching competition at this year’s event, seeking a short doc of 10 minutes of less.

The Times is seeking an “opinionated documentary short that fits the editorial and creative scope” of its ‘Op-Docs’ strand. The pitches will take place at the festival on June 13.

Sheffield Doc/Fest marketplace director Charlie Philips said: “The New York Times’s ‘Op-Docs’ online series is already gaining a great international reputation for opinionated, quality short documentaries, and we’re delighted to give filmmakers in the UK and beyond the chance to be part of it.

“This is a unique pitching opportunity for documentary makers, and it’s very exciting to be offering it as part of our 20th anniversary festival.”

The winning pitch gets an opportunity to produce an ‘Op-Doc’ for The New York Times with a budget of US$5,000. Subject to the newspaper’s approval, the doc will premiere on NYTimes.com.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. GMT on April 12. More information and a link to the online application can be found here: sheffdocfest.com/view/nytpitch

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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