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Exclusive: Tribeca Film Institute puts focus on short docs

The Tribeca Film Institute is introducing a new program to help support short documentaries. The IF/Then short documentary program is a new initiative developed with the support of the John D. and ...
February 24, 2017

The Tribeca Film Institute is introducing a new program to help support short documentaries.

The IF/Then short documentary program is a new initiative developed with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to award monetary grants and year-round distribution mentoring to short documentaries aimed at American audiences.

The program has two main goals: to discover and empower an inclusive and representative group of voices in short film, and to introduce a new model of financial sustainability for short documentary filmmakers through a multi-platform distribution plan.

Veteran documentary producer Mridu Chandra has been tapped to run the program as project director. Journalist and digital media producer Alice Rhee will serve as project advisor.

In 2017, participants will be culled from pitch competitions at three festivals — Big Sky, CPH:DOX and New Orleans Film Festival—as well as alumni grantees from across TFI’s filmmaker funds.

One filmmaker selected from each competition, and one TFI alumnus, each will receive up to $20,000 in funding for his/her short film, along with participation in the IF/Then Distribution Initiative.

At Big Sky, one additional winner will receive special recognition as an audience favorite through a partnership with feedback-tallying platform The Audience Awards.

Selected projects will be no more than 40 minutes in length and must be completed within three to six months of receiving the award. Participants in the first pitch competition, which will take place at Big Sky on Feb. 23, are:

  • Border Nation—directed by Jason Jaacks
  • El Valle—directed and produced by Jared Jakins and Carly Jakins
  • Star Stories—directed and Edited by Tenzin Phuntsog
  • The Attachment Project—written, directed and produced by Joy Dietrich
  • The New Neighbors Project: Self-Directed Stories from the New American West—directed and produced by Bryan Bello; associate produced by Saif Alsaeg
  • Tuvaq: Edge of the Ice—directed by Kiliii Yuyan and Lou Carson

Participants in the second pitch competition, which will take place at CPH:DOX on March 22, are:

  • Andrey Suleyman—directed by Alina Gorlova; executive produced by Maksym Nakonechnyi
  • ANTI RODINA—directed and produced by Tatjana Moutchnik and Diana Zolotarova
  • Nudar (pictured)—directed by Rand Beiruty
  • S/He—directed by Chloe White; produced by Helen Jack
  • The End of All—directed by Sun Hee Engelstoft and Piotr Rafal Winiewicz
  • We Shall Never Part—written and directed by Martina Melilli; written by Lidia Savioli; executive produced by Marta Bianchi

 

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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