BRITDOC announced today at Good Pitch Europe that it will be working with The New York Times to support short-form documentaries. The not-for-profit film foundation will give grants to those individual filmmakers chosen by the paper to make original shorts for the website (NYTimes.com) and The New York Times’s mobile platforms.
“Op-Docs” is an initiative that began in November 2011 for celebrated and emerging filmmakers to share their short docs (less than 10 minutes) as part of the paper’s Opinion section.
It premieres several times a month and represents an array of styles and subject matters such as current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Independent filmmakers and artists like Errol Morris, Jessica Yu, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Jon Shenk, Alison Klayman and The Gregory Brothers help produce Op-Docs.
Jason Spingarn-Koff, series producer and curator of Op-Docs, called BRITDOC “a leader in empowering filmmakers to bring important stories to global audiences.” He added that it was “an honor to work with the BRITDOC Foundation to help expand the reach and impact of independent documentaries.”
The chief executive of BRITDOC, Jess Search, shared similar sentiments regarding the newfound partnership.
“I am delighted to be working with Jason at The New York Times and congratulate him on the instant success of the new Op-Docs initiative,” Search said. “We share a desire to find new ways to reach audiences with the world’s most urgent and most engaging stories, and are looking forward to seeing the thought-provoking pieces which result from this new collaboration.”
BRITDOC joins Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation in teaming up with the paper and Op-Docs. Alumni of this organization are also eligible for grants, with initial plans to commission 12 films a year.
Good Pitch brings filmmakers with foundations, campaigners, philanthropists, brands, policymakers and media around prominent social issues together for one day to create campaigns and coalitions for the good of the film society.
Indiewire spoke with Spingarn-Koff just last month; check out the interview here.