Filmmakers are invited to pitch ideas for The New York Times’ popular online film series Op-Docs before a live audience, the first event of its kind in North America, during this year’s Camden International Film Festival.

The New York Times is looking for opinionated documentary shorts (running 3 to 10 minutes) that fit the editorial and creative scope of Op-Docs. The pitch will take place as part of the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Documentary Forum, running Sept. 26 through 29. Six finalists will be selected to present their projects on stage before a panel of judges from The New York Times (including the commissioning editor for opinion video, Jason Spingarn-Koff; Op-Docs coordinating producer Kathleen Lingo; and series researcher Lindsay Crouse) and veteran Op-Docs filmmakers.

This will be the first live video pitch event in North America for The New York Times. The event builds on the success of a recent Op-Docs pitch competition in England, at Sheffield Doc/Fest, which attracted more than 120 submissions. Op-Docs is The New York Times’ editorial department’s forum for short opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles and covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Contributors range from Oscar winners to emerging filmmakers and artists; view the films at

The filmmaker with the winning pitch will have an opportunity to produce an Op-Doc video for The New York Times with a budget of $2,000. Subject to The New York Times’ approval, the documentary will premiere on The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 9, at 11:59 p.m. For more information and a link to the online application, visit

“As one of the first film festivals to bring Op-Docs to the big screen, we’re thrilled to collaborate with The New York Times to highlight new and exciting forms of documentary storytelling,” said Ben Fowlie, CIFF Founder and Executive Director.

The program for the ninth annual Camden International Film Festival will be announced in late August; Early Bird prices for passes end Friday, Aug. 16.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or