South Pitch, formerly known as Pitch Perfect, is the New Orleans Film Festival’s pitch competition platform.


The 8th annual South Pitch which was held during the 29th New Orleans Film Festival. Here are the winners the 2018 South Pitch Competition Winners:

IF/Then Short Documentary Competition
Blood Peach from Zuri Obi

Narrative Open-Call
All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt from Raven Jackson

Student Narrative
Bird from Katherine Propper

Student Documentary 
Proper Pronouns from Meg Daniels

Since 2011, South Pitch has provided a unique opportunity for filmmakers living and working in the American South to practice the art of pitching. South Pitch consists of three pitching competitions: If/Then is held in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute is for short documentaries, Narrative Open-Call accepts features and Student Pitch Competitions are run for both documentary and narratives. In this annual competition, filmmakers from across the American South have three minutes to pitch their next film production. Participants present their concepts or works-in-progress to panels of three judges—film professionals and industry insiders—who offer constructive feedback for all participants. Previous pitch judges have included Philipp Engelhorn (Cinereach), Dan Schoenbrun (Kickstarter), and Debra Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies). Winners of each track receive a prize to aid in the creation of their pitched project.

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The New Orleans Film Festival, in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute is thrilled to stimulate the art of short-form documentary storytelling with If/Then, a pitch competition open to filmmakers living and working in the American South.

The pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics about the American South. With an intentional focus on place-based, community-inspired, short-form storytelling, we are looking for compelling character-based stories focused on contemporary subjects that are relevant globally.

Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at NOFF before a panel of industry judges on October 19, 2018. Each pitch team will have 7 minutes to present their project, which will be followed by a short moderated discussion with a tailored jury.

One project, selected by the jury, will receive up to USD $20,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.

Applications are only accepted via our online submission form at this link.

Key Dates:

Online registration opens: June 15, 2018
Extended application deadline: August 31, 2018
Notification of project selection: mid/late September
IF/Then pitch competition in New Orleans: October 19, 2018


All stories and storytellers coming from the American South. These states and one federal district include Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Projects must be completed within 6 months of receiving funding, be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics, and be presented in English or subtitled in English.

Eligible Projects Must Meet the Following Criteria:
  • Be an original short documentary with a final duration (TRT) of between 10-20 minutes
  • Be completed within 3-6 months of receiving the IF/Then grant. The amount you request should allow you to complete the film within this time frame.
  • Be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics and be designed for a U.S. audience
  • Be driven by (a) compelling character(s), with access to the character(s) secured
  • Be presented in English or subtitled in English
  • Have no prior distribution attached and be able to participate in the IF/Then distribution initiative
Projects that we DO NOT support:
  • Student projects
  • Feature-length documentaries, series or cut-downs of completed films
  • Films that are made to support an advocacy campaign
  • Films with distribution attached
  • Projects will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
Artistic quality
  • Originality and social relevance
  • Robust storytelling that brings new facts, perspectives and under-represented stories to light
  • Financial feasibility
  • Potential to travel

Application Requirements:

We urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Working title and project basics (TRT, languages, etc.)
  • Logline (75 word max)
  • Project description (250 word max)
  • Synopsis/treatment (500 word max)
  • Project status (250 word max)
  • Funding status (250 word max)
  • Distribution and rights status (250 word max)
  • Name and contact info for up to 2 pitch members, including 175 word bio each.
  • Link to video sample (3 minutes max) presenting the project/characters
  • Link to a photo that best represents the project


Applications are only accepted via our online submission form at this link.


Please check the F.A.Q. here.

If you have any remaining questions regarding IF/Then at NOFF, contact

Open-Call Narrative is looking for applications from Southern filmmakers to pitch their next project.

Applications require a working title, project description, treatment, and applicant bio. If selected, you will have the chance to pitch your project, but remember: you only have three minutes. Once you’ve finished your pitch judges will give every participant personalized feedback, and the winner will be one step closer to making their project a reality.

The winner of South Pitch will receive a $40,000 post-production package (to include post-production consultation, online conform, and Full Digital Intermediate color grade) from Kyotocolor.

Applications to participate in this year’s Narrative Open-Call are now open! Apply through this link.

Application deadline is extended to August 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.


  • Filmmakers must be living or working in the American South. These states and one federal district include Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Applications *must* be submitted by the filmmaker who will pitch the project for the contest.
  • Student projects are not eligible.
  • The Pitch Perfect competition takes place on October 19, 2018. Accepted applicants must be available and on-site in New Orleans for this date.


  • Decision notifications will be sent out in mid-September.
  • Accepted applicants will not receive assistance with travel or accommodations for the competition, but every accepted applicant will receive an All-Access Pass to the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.
  • Pitches should be crafted around projects applicants are currently preparing to produce. Please, no completed or close-to-completion projects.
  • Accepted applicants will receive short pitch training sessions and will be required to do a practice pitch, to be scheduled before the competition.
  • All participants receive on-the-spot, personalized feedback on their pitch.

Before beginning this application, please have the following ready:

  • Working title and project basics (runtime, languages, etc.)
  • Logline (75-word max)
  • Project Description
  • Synopsis/treatment
  • Name and contact info for the applicant, including 175-word bio. Only one pitcher per pitch, unless the project is to be co-directed.

This year’s participating institutions are Florida State University, Loyola University, Wake Forest University, University of Alabama, University of Texas – Austin, University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Auburn University.

The process for all student rounds is done by nomination on the university level by participating institutions; we do not accept applications for this track. If you attend one of the participating institutions, please contact your university for further information. Students not nominated for this track, or who attend Southern institutions that are not participating, are encouraged to apply for Open-Call Narrative or IF/Then’s Open-Call!