Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

2020 IF/Then

Stories of the American Midwest | Submissions Now Open

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) are inviting stories and storytellers from the American Midwest to pitch their stories during the 2020 Cleveland International Film Festival.

The IF/Then Shorts Pitch calls for original stand-alone pitches of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) about the American Midwest that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics. The 12 eligible states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

TFI and CIFF will jointly select up to six finalists who will be invited to pitch their projects to a panel of industry judges on Sunday, April 5, 2020 during the closing weekend of CIFF44. The winner will be announced that evening during the CIFF44 Closing Night Ceremony.

One project, selected by the judges, will receive up to USD $25,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts Documentary Program (developed with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) that provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.


Bruton Stroube is a proud partner of Tribeca Film Institute and will provide a Festival Finishing Package for this year's IF/Then Shorts American Midwest pitch competition winner at CIFF. The short film package is comprised of picture, sound, and deliverables from their award winning talent.



Registration opens:
November 18, 2019

Project application deadline:
January 20, 2020

Notification of project selection:
Late February 2020

Pitch competition in Cleveland
April 4-5, 2020


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