October 18 4:30 pm

All pitches are free and open to the public.

4:30PM – 6:30PM

For the third year, Tribeca Film Institute is presenting a documentary short pitch competition under the banner of the IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program. This year’s theme of “Inclusive Economies” is open to diverse filmmakers from the American South, and the pitch calls for original stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that explore themes of economic inclusion and resilience through a regional and place-based lens.

TFI and NOFF will jointly select up to 6 finalists, and each pitch team will have 7 minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short moderated discussion with a tailored jury. The winner receives a $25,000 cash award, year-round mentorship, and a Festival Finishing Package supported by Storyville Post. Additionally, POV Shorts (American Documentary) will provide a $1000 cash prize and mentorship to a second project. Finalists will be announced on the New Orleans Film Festival and TFI websites.

The IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program provides new audiences, starting in the US, with a better understanding of American and international stories by discovering and empowering more inclusive voices in short film storytelling. It also fosters multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability for more short filmmakers in a global and increasingly complex marketplace. IF/Then was developed in partnership with, and supported by, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

See all finalists, projects and more information here.