2 Opportunities to have your mini-doc funded!
The New York Times and Points North are opening a forum for documentary filmmakers! They’re interested in mini-docs and they want to hear your pitches. Each contest has different rules and different prizes, but both sound like they’re well worth a try. We love it when big sponsors help tell meaningful stories, so do you have a great idea for a mini-doc you’d like to make? Let us know and maybe the ViewFinder could help crew your next venture.
Here are the contest specs for each:
New York Times Op-docs:
No submission fee
2 minute or less sample required
$2000 prize to produce your mini-doc
3-10 minute Op-doc to premiere on NYtimes.com
Points North Pitch:
$25 submission fee
5 minute or less sample required
$1000 cash prize
60 hours of sound mix or color correction services from Modulus Studios worth approximately $10,000.
3 consultations with Tribeca Film Institute
Each film should be:
- Run between 3 to 10 minutes (most are around 5 minutes)
- Present a distinctive opinion or perspective. Directors may express their views in the first person, through their choice of interview subjects, or more subtly through an artistic approach to a topic.
- Should fit the tone of Op-Docs. Be sure to check out previous work on the NYT website.
- Can be an original short film or an adaptation of an existing film, but must function as a standalone piece. No trailers or excerpts from longer works.
- The strongest proposals will already be in pre-production or production and be able to show examples of footage, though they will also consider pitches at the concept stage.
- This pitching opportunity is open to all filmmakers who are residents of the United States. The Times welcomes proposals on international topics.
- Finalists will need to pitch in person at Camden International Film Festival and cover their own travel expenses.
Here’s on of our favorite submissions:
If you’d like to take a look at some examples here are a few to wet your palette: