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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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