IF/Then Shorts Pitch

Tribeca Film Institute, in partnership with Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), seeks short documentary projects directed by filmmakers living and working in the American West. IF/Then is a new program developed by Tribeca Film Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to discover and empower more inclusive voices in short film storytelling and give wider access to thoughtful stories from people of all backgrounds.

Five finalists have been selected for the 2018 pitch competition at the 15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The winner, selected by a professional jury, will be eligible for up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, as well as ongoing mentorship year-round – in person or virtually – and will participate in a year-long distribution initiative managed by Tribeca Film Institute that offers creative control, revenue potential and career development.


Derek Knowles and Spencer Seibert – After the Fire
April Wright and John Ansotegui - Carnival
Sarah Haber and Ryan Glenn – Forest of Big Fingers
Johnny Symons and Daniel Chein – Hoodie
Alexandra Stergiou and Gina Pollack – Neqeniighta

The IF/Then Shorts Pitch event follows the Big Sky Pitch event Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the University of Montana UC Theater. A shuttle will be available between campus and the Holiday Inn running about every 30 minutes. Driving directions and parking maps are available at the links below. The event is free and open to the public.




The 2018 IF/Then shorts pitch jury includes representatives from ITVS, The Guardian, University of Montana and Tribeca Film Institute.