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

IF/Then Shorts Pitch

IF/Then Shorts

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 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

The IF/Then Shorts Pitch will take place at the Ritz Carlton, Cleveland on April 7, 2019 from 11 AM – 1 PM in the Radiant Ballroom.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Later that same evening the IF/Then Shorts Pitch Winner will be announced at the CIFF Closing Night Reception. This event is at the Tower City Center (near the Fountain) from 9 PM – 10:30 PM.

The IF/Then Shorts Pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) about the American Midwest that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics. 

TFI and CIFF have jointly selected five finalists to present their projects at a live pitch event at CIFF 2019 before a panel of industry judges. Each pitch team will have seven minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short, moderated discussion with a jury. 

One project, selected by the jury, 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.


Director: Cai Thomas
Consulting Producer: Yvonne Welbon
Location: Illinois

BREWER (working title)
Director/Producer: Erika Valenciana
Producer: Anuradha Rana
Location: Minnesota

Director: Carl Kriss
Producer: Margie Glick
Location: Ohio

Writer/Director/Producer: Kati Rehbeck
Director/Editor/DP: Robert Orlowski
Location: Wisconsin

Director: Chris Webb
Co-Director: Conrad Miles
Location: Ohio

For more information about these selected projects, please click here

IF/Then Shorts Pitch

Sunday April 7, 2019

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Ritz Carlton, Cleveland

FREE and Open to the public.


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