IF/Then Short Documentary Program - Information & Eligibility

Southeast Asia Pitch Competition
Docs By The Sea, Indonesia
(date TBD)

Eligibility: All stories and storytellers coming from Southeast Asian countries. Filmmakers need not reside in these countries, as long as the story is about this region.

Please check back here for more information in January 2018.

 

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American West Pitch Competition
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
(February 22, 2018)

Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

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Online registration opens: September 18, 2017
Project application deadline: November 3, 2017
Notification of project selection: mid/late January
IF/Then pitch competition in Missoula, MT: February 22, 2018

Eligibility: All stories and storytellers coming from the American West. These 13 states include: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Central and Eastern European Pitch Competition
East Doc Platform
(March 7, 2018)

Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition at East Doc Platform and to take meetings at the East Doc Market in Prague, Czech Republic. In collaboration with Institute of Documentary Film and One World IHRFF

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Online registration opens: September 18, 2017
Project application deadline: November 10, 2017
Notification of project selection: mid December
IF/Then pitch competition in Prague: March 7, 2018

Eligibility: All stories and storytellers coming from Central and East European countries. Social issue and or human rights focus is preferred but not mandatory. Filmmakers need not reside in these countries, as long as the story is about this region.

American South Pitch Competition
New Orleans Film Festival
(October 13, 2017)

Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition during the New Orleans Film Festival.

Submissions Closed

Online registration opens: 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

Eligibility: 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.

American Midwest Pitch Competition
Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival
(November 12, 2017)

Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition at the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.

Submissions Closed

Online registration opens: August 1, 2017
Project application deadline: September 15, 2017
Notification of project selection: early October
IF/Then pitch competition in St. Louis: November 12, 2017

Eligibility: All stories and storytellers coming from the American Midwest. These 12 states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  

Additional Information & Eligibility for All Pitches

The winners of IF/Then pitch competitions, selected by a professional jury, will be eligible for up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then as well as ongoing mentorship year-round, and will participate in a year-long distribution initiative managed by Tribeca Film Institute that offers creative control, revenue potential and career development.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an original short documentary with a final duration (TRT) under 40 minutes
  • Be completed within 3-6 months of receiving the IF/Then grant
  • Be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics and be designed for a U.S. audience
  • Be driven by (a) compelling character(s), with access to the character(s) secured
  • Be presented in English or subtitled in English
  • Have no prior distribution attached and be able to participate in the IF/Then distribution initiative

Projects that we DO NOT support:

  • Student projects
  • Feature-length documentaries, series or cut-downs of completed films
  • Films that are made to support an advocacy campaign
  • Films with distribution attached

Projects will be prioritized based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality
  • Originality and social relevance
  • Robust storytelling that brings new facts, perspectives and under-represented stories to light
  • Financial feasibility
  • Potential to travel

Applications requirements:

We urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Working title and project basics (TRT, languages, etc.)
  • Logline (75 word max)
  • Project description (250 word max)
  • Synopsis/treatment (500 word max)
  • Project status (250 word max)
  • Funding status (250 word max)
  • Distribution and rights status (250 word max)
  • Name and contact info for up to 2 pitch members – including 175 word bio each.
  • Link to a video sample (3 minutes max) presenting the project/characters
  • Link to a photo that best represents the project

Selection

  • If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you participate in the event. You will have to finance the flight and hotel expenses yourself; however, you will receive an Industry accreditation for the host film festival free of charge.
  • Each pitch team will have a maximum of 7 minutes to present their project. All visual material will be part of your 7-minute presentation, and can be no more than 3 minutes long.
  • Each pitch is followed by a short, moderated discussion with a tailored jury.
  • Please see application page for key dates and specific eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions.