Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) are inviting storytellers from the American Midwest to pitch their stories during the 2020 Cleveland International Film Festival (3/25/20 – 4/5/20). The submission deadline is January 20, 2020.
The IF/Then Shorts Pitch calls for 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 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Eligible projects are original stand-alone short documentaries that shine a new light on the region and its many dimensions through character-led, cinematic stories.
TFI and CIFF will jointly select up to six finalists who will be invited to pitch their projects to a panel of industry judges during the closing weekend of CIFF44. One project, selected by the judges, will receive up to $25,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts Documentary Program for year-round mentorship and career development opportunities. Click here for full details + application!