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IF/Then Short Documentary Program
American Midwesterners, get you documentary funded.
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Due September 15th, 2017 - Up to six projects will be selected to enter the IF/Then pitch competition during the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
 - Be an original short documentary with a final duration under 40 minutes
 - Be completed within 3-6 months of receiving the IF/Then grant
 - Be factually accurate, follow best practices in documentary ethics and be designed for a U.S. audience
 - Be driven by 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 are NOT supported:
 - 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

If chosen as a finalist, it is mandatory that you participate in the event. You will have to finance the flight and hotel expenses yourself; however, you will receive an Industry accreditation for the host film festival free of charge.

Each pitch team will have a maximum of 7 minutes to present their project. All visual material will be part of your 7-minute presentation and can be no more than 3 minutes long. Each pitch is followed by a short, moderated discussion with a tailored jury.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.

Prizes

Six winners will be eligible for up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then as well as ongoing mentorship year-round and will participate in a year-long distribution initiative managed by Tribeca Film Institute that offers creative control, revenue potential and career development.

Eligibility
Open to filmmakers living and working in the American Midwest and are telling stories of the American Midwest. These 12 states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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