Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

IF/Then Shorts Pitch

IF/Then Shorts

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) are inviting all stories and storytellers from the American Midwest to apply for a new pitch opportunity during the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

The Pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) about the American Midwest that explore a range ofsocially, politically and culturally relevant topics. These 12 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 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 Short Documentary Program (developed with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) that provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.

Key Dates

Registration opens:
November 19, 2018

Project application deadline:
January 21, 2019

Notification of project selection:
Late February 2019

Pitch competition in Cleveland
April 6 – 7, 2019


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