Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department’s award-winning forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. We accept submissions for short, interactive and virtual reality documentaries by both renowned and emerging independent filmmakers and artists.
Op-Docs is a forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced by independent filmmakers with wide creative latitude, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.
Begun by the New York Times Opinion section in 2011, Op-Docs is the world’s premiere short documentary series, comprising nearly 300 short, interactive and virtual reality documentaries. Each film is produced with wide creative latitude by both renowned and emerging independent filmmakers, and premieres across Times online platforms. The goal of each Op-Doc is to present a unique story, character, argument or point of view — and to start a conversation among our global audience.
Honors for Op-Docs include two Oscar nominations, seven Emmy nominations, two News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and two Peabody Awards — as well as official selections at top film festivals, including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Telluride, SXSW and Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Contributing filmmakers include Errol Morris, Laura Poitras, Alan Berliner, Alex Gibney, Casey Neistat, Victor Kossakovsky, Lucy Walker, Abigail Disney, Roger Ross Williams, Jessica Yu, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. While we value our established contributors, we also encourage a diverse range of directors from all over the world and as well as first-time filmmakers.