About IF/Then Shorts

Through a competitive process, IF/Then Shorts identifies and supports original, standalone short documentaries by filmmakers working regionally and representing their communities.

In an effort to discover and empower underrepresented voices, each pitch has a different regional focus. Each pitch begins with an open call for submissions. TFI and a partner film festival selects up to 6 filmmaking teams from these submissions to present their projects at a live pitch competition at the film festival, before a jury of industry representatives.  Each team has 7 minutes to present their project after which there is a short moderated discussion with the jury. One filmmaker selected from each competition receives up to $20,000 in completion funding for his/her short film, year-round mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in the IF/Then distribution initiative.

At present, we organize three pitch competitions for filmmakers working regionally in the US and two pitch competitions for filmmakers working internationally. 

To learn more about how you can apply, see our Current Pitches and Past Pitches pages. General eligibility and information is included in our Current Pitches page. Additional eligibility regarding regional focus is included in each individual Pitch listed. 

Please see also our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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