New York Times Op-Docs

Institution: The New York Times


Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department's award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.

Op-Doc videos are produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers who express their views in the first person, through their subjects, or more subtly through an artistic approach to a topic. Each Op-Doc is accompanied by a director's statement.

Since Op-Docs started in 2011, several series have been introduced: Scenes (for very short work — snippets of street life, brief observations and interviews, clips from experimental works), Verbatim (which transforms legal transcripts into dramatic performances), Animated Life (which explores pivotal moments of scientific discovery) as well as Interactive and Multimedia special.

Who can apply

Documentary submissions by both renowned and emerging independent filmmakers and artists are welcome.

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

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