American Northeast

This call for submissions closed on August 31, 2018. 

In partnership with DOC NYC, six projects focusing on the American Northeast were selected to enter the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 12, 2018.

The winner was selected by a professional jury consisting of:

Joseé Rodriguez, TFI
Opal H. Bennett, DOC NYC
Kim Spikes, SIM NY
Chloe Gbai, POV
Nanfu Wang, Independent Filmmaker

The jury chose "Mizuko" by Kira Dane and Katelyn Rebelo as the competition winner to receive $20,000 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 "Flatbush! Flatbush!" to receive the POV cash prize and mentorship listed below. 


Sim NY is a proud partner of Tribeca Film Institute and will provide a Festival Finishing Package for this year's IF/Then American Northeast pitch competition winner at DOC NYC. The short film package is comprised of picture, sound and deliverables from their award winning talent. POV (American Documentary) will additionally provide a $1,000 cash prize + mentorship to a second project.



For more information, please visit our DOC NYC page here.

These winners were selected from the following six projects:


Director: Alex Mallis

Logline: A playful and investigative short doc following the semi-legal fleet of minibus drivers that race up and down Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

Directors: Kira Dane, Katelyn Rebelo

Logline: Influenced by centuries-old post-abortion rituals of Japanese Buddhism, a half-Japanese New Yorker re-evaluates the controversial drawing of ‘the line’ in abortion ethics, when she becomes pregnant herself.

  • South Philly Meatball Story (working title) 

​Director: Cheryl Hess

Logline: A Philadelphia food competition turns ugly when a rumor spreads that the vegan entry has won first prize: sometimes a meatball is not just a meatball.

  • The Seeker

Director: Lance Edmands; Producer: Kyle Martin

Logline: The story of an excommunicated Amish woodworker who lives off the grid in rural Maine.

  • The Space Between the Letters

Director: Eva von Schweinitz

Logline: A lyrical documentary that explores the perspective of adults who struggle with literacy in the United States. Interweaving reality and imagination, it exposes the obstacles encountered in a world dominated by written language and suggests possibilities for valuing alternative means of expression.

  • Folía

Director: Luther Clement; Producer: Ashley Brandon

Logline: An impressionistic portrait of Lucía Caruso, Argentinian pianist and composer.


  • Online registration opens: June 15, 2018
  • Project application deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Notification of project selection: late September / early October
  • IF/Then pitch competition events at DOC NYC in New York:
    • 10:30am-12:30pm November 12, 2018 IF/Then Shorts Pitch at the IFC Center | 323 6th Avenue, New York, NY
    • 5:00pm – 7:00pm  November 12, 2018 Reception & TFI IF/Then Pitch Winner Announcement at DOC NYC PRO Lounge, Mezzanine Cinepolis Chelsea | Open to DOC NYC Passholders


All stories and storytellers coming from the American Northeast. These 9 states include: Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

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.