This call for submissions closed on January 21, 2019.
In partnership with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) five projects focused on the American Midwest were selected to present at the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at CIFF on April 7, 2019.
The winner was selected by a professional jury consisting of:
Mridu Chandra, TFI
Donna Dabbs, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Ellen Robinson, Gravitas Ventures
Lucas Harger, Bruton/Stroube
Alexis McCrimmon, Independent Filmmaker
The jury chose "The Session", directed by Chris Webb and Conrad Miles as the competition winner to receive $25,000 in project funding and the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.
Bruton Stroube is a proud partner of Tribeca Film Institute and will provide a Festival Finishing Package for this year's IF/Then Shorts American Midwest pitch competition winner at CIFF. The short film package is comprised of picture, sound, and deliverables from their award-winning talent.
The winner was selected from the following five projects:
All stories and storytellers coming from the American Midwest. These 12 states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. (Note: It is NOT a requirement that the filmmaker resides in one of these states. We are primarily seeking stories about the American Midwest.)
Projects must be completed within 6 months of receiving funding, be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics, and be presented in English or subtitled in English.
Please make sure your project fits our general eligibility requirements presented on our Pitches & Eligibility page.