IF/Then global shorts pitch coming to IDFA 2019

    We are thrilled to announce the IF/Then Global Pitch at IDFA 2019, a competitive shorts pitch presented in collaboration with Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and RYOT Films. On November 26, up to six filmmaking teams from around the world will present their creative short documentary projects before a panel of judges. Learn more about the pitch and how to submit your project below.

    IDFA, TFI, and RYOT Films are inviting short documentary filmmakers from all over the globe to apply for a new IF/Then Shorts global pitch opportunity during IDFA 2019. The pitch calls for original, creative, stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that explore climate change through the lens of the people and communities directly impacted by this global crisis.

    Call for applications

    We are looking for regional, narrative-led, character-led, cinematic stories that shine a new light on climate change and its many dimensions. Eligible projects must be completed within 6 months of receiving funding, be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics, and be either in English or subtitled in English.

    Following this open call, up to six finalists will be selected to present their projects at a live pitch event at IDFA 2019 before a panel of judges. Each team will have seven minutes to pitch their project, followed by a short moderated discussion with a jury comprised of documentary filmmakers and industry/sector representatives.

    Building on the success of past IF/Then shorts pitches across Europe, the US, and Southeast Asia, the live pitching event at IDFA 2019 accompanies a new funding and distribution opportunity: one winning project will receive a production grant of USD $25,000 from RYOT Films and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s year-round IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities. Additionally, a second project will be awarded an honorable mention prize of USD $1,000.

    About the theme

    Climate change is seen and felt in every region. It has devastating impacts on our agriculture, ecosystems, economic well-being, energy supply, food security, human health, transportation, water supply, and more. The rapid warming of Earth’s climate will have a ripple effect on societies and ecologies for generations to come. We believe the documentary film community has a responsibility to highlight these issues and ground this topic in the personal, emotional, or philosophical realms. Through creative, nuanced, and emotional storytelling, we have the opportunity to connect to international audiences in profound and meaningful ways.

    Who can apply?

    Filmmakers from around the world are eligible to apply, with a preference for filmmakers working in their home regions, within their own communities.

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

    Please make sure your project fits the general eligibility requirements presented on TFI’s Pitches & Eligibility page.

    What happens if you get selected?

    If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you attend and participate in the IDFA 2019 event on November 26.

    Each selected project will receive a travel stipend and IDFA will help with the travel and accommodation arrangements.

    You will receive a complimentary IDFA Festival/Forum Pass.

    After initial non-festival release, RYOT Films shall be granted a non-exclusive license to distribute the completed project on digital platforms in the North American territory, for a period of five years. Your current distribution commitments must allow for this.

    Key dates

    • Online registration opens: July 15, 2019
    • Project application deadline: September 16, 2019
    • Notification of project selection: mid-late October, 2019
    • IF/Then pitch competition in Amsterdam: November 26, 2019
    Submit your project