American South 2019

This call for submissions closed on September 2, 2019. 

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) in partnership with the Surdna Foundation and New Orleans Film Society chose six projects focusing on Inclusive Economies in the American South to present at the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 18, 2019. 

The winner was selected by a professional jury consisting of: 

Monika Navarro, TFI
Opal H. Bennett, DOC NYC
Carmen Vicencio, American Documentary
Stephanie McKee-Anderson, Junebug Productions
Jon-Sesrie Goff, Flaherty Seminar 

The jury chose "These Kids This City," directed by Dorian Emerson Munroe 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. 

The jury also selected "Disrupted Borders," directed by Alejandra Aragón and Cathy Chen, as an honorable mention to receive the POV cash prize and mentorship listed below. 

In addition a special jury prize was given to "A Fine Girl," directed by Darcy McKinnon and Biliana Grozdanova, by the Surdna Foundation. 


Storyville is a proud partner of Tribeca Film Institute and NOFF, and will provide a Festival Finishing Package for this year's IF/Then Shorts American South pitch competition winner. The short film package is comprised of picture, sound, and deliverables from their award-winning talent. 

For the second year, POV Shorts (American Documentary) is a proud partner of Tribeca Film Institute and will additionally provide a $1,000 cash prize and mentorship to a second project.

The winner was selected from the following six projects:


    Director: Dorian Emerson Munroe 
    Location: Florida

    Director: Alejandra Aragón 
    Director: Cathy Chen
    Location: Texas

    Director: Darcy McKinnon
    Director: Biliana Grozdanova
    Location: Louisiana 

    Director: Max Benitez
    Producer: Kristin Benitez
    Location: Texas

    Director: Lana Garland
    Producer: Nathan Clarke
    Location: North Carolina

    Director: Jessica Chriesman 
    Director: Kayla Gladney
    Location: Alabama 


  • Online registration opens: July 15, 2019
  • Project application deadline: September 2, 2019 at 11:59PM ET
  • Notification of project selection: late September
  • IF/Then pitch competition in New Orleans: October 18, 2019
    • ​​4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: IF/Then Shorts Pitch at the Tubi Theatre, New Orleans, LA. This event is FREE and open to the public. 
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: IF/Then Shorts Reception & IF/Then Shorts Pitch Winner Announcement 


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.

Your project tells a story about Inclusive Economies and/or addresses issues around the topic of Inclusive Economies.

These 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.