IF/Then American Midwest 2020

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) is thrilled to return to Cleveland International Film Festival to support the art of short-form documentary storytelling in the American Midwest.

Submissions Now Open

Application closes January 20, 2020 

We are inviting diverse filmmakers (POC, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, women, nonbinary, people with disabilities) with stories that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics  centered in the American Midwest. These 12 states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The pitch calls for original stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that  shine a new light on the region and its many dimensions through character-led, cinematic stories.

Support for travel and accommodation to attend the pitch event in Cleveland will be provided to the finalists. Eligible projects must be completed within six months of receiving funding, be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics, and be presented in English or subtitled in English.

TFI and CIFF will jointly select up to 6 finalists to present their projects at a live pitch event at CIFF, before a panel of industry judges, on April 5, 2020.

Each pitch team will have 7 minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short moderated discussion with a tailored jury. One project, selected by the jury, will receive up to USD $25,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

Bruton Stroube is a proud returning 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. 

KEY DATES:

  • Online registration opens: November 18, 2019
  • Project application deadline: January 20, 2019 at 11:59PM ET
  • Notification of project selection: Mid-February, 2020
  • IF/Then pitch competition at CIFF: April 5, 2020

ELIGIBILITY:

Stories from and storytellers living/working in the American Midwest. These 12 states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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.

SELECTION:

If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you participate in the event.

You will have to arrange travel & accommodations yourself; however, a travel stipend will be provided.

You will also receive an industry accreditation for the host film festival free of charge.