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.
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.
Director: Lance Edmands; Producer: Kyle Martin
Logline: The story of an excommunicated Amish woodworker who lives off the grid in rural Maine.
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.
Director: Luther Clement; Producer: Ashley Brandon
Logline: An impressionistic portrait of Lucía Caruso, Argentinian pianist and composer.
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.