IF/Then Shorts - Pitches and Eligibility
Specific eligibility requirements along with regional or topic focus is outlined in each individual pitch listed above.
Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
- Be an original short documentary with a final duration (TRT) of between 10-20 minutes
- Be completed within 3-6 months of receiving the IF/Then Shorts grant. The amount you request should allow you to complete the film within this time frame.
- 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 Shorts 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
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/topic summary (500 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/topic
- An original photo that best represents the project
- If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you participate in the event. You will have to arrange travel & accomodations yourself; however, a modest travel stipend will be provided. Check NOFF and IDFA pitch pages for additional information. You will also 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 individual pitch application pages for key dates and specific eligibility requirements and see also Frequently Asked Questions.