American South

Six projects focusing on the American South were selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition during the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival on October 13, 2017. 

The winner was selected by a professional jury consisting of:

Lana Garland, Program Director of Southern Documentary Fund
Anna Lee, Co-Director of Working Films
Dylan McGinty, Licensing Director at Kanopy
Ina Pira, Curator at Vimeo
Angela Tucker, Independent Filmmaker 

The Jury chose "Santuario" by Christine Delp and Pilar Timpane as the competition winner from the following six projects:

  • For The Record— Director: Heather Courtney, Producers: Megan Hilbride and David Hartstein - Texas
  • Untitled South of the Border Project — Directors: Caitlyn Greene and Jon Kasbe — South Carolina
  • Days Gone By —Director Mark E. Trent, Producer Brandon Bloom — West Virginia
  • A Folk Garden in Jackson —Directors: He-myong Woo and Adrian Yu — Mississippi
  • Santuario — Director/Producers: Christine Delp and Pilar Timpane —North Carolina (Received GRANT PRIZE)
  • Hope to Told Ya: The Old Prieur Street Project —Director William Sabourin O'Reilly, Producer Willie Birch —Louisiana

Key Dates:

Online registration opened: June 1, 2017
Project application deadline: August 4, 2017
Notification of project selection: mid September
IF/Then pitch competition in New Orleans: October 13, 2017


All stories and storytellers coming from the American South. These states and one federal district include: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.