Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca Film Institute, RYOT Films, IDFA Launch Climate Change Short Film Initiative (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Tribeca Film Institute, RYOT Films, IDFA Launch Climate Change Short Film Initiative (Exclusive)

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F/Then pitch competition takes place in Amsterdam on November 26.

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), Verizon Media-owned RYOT Films, and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) are collaborating for the first time and have announced a short film pitch initiative to tell stories about climate change.

The partners have invited global storytellers to apply for an opportunity to participate in the IF/Then Shorts pitch event set to take place in Amsterdam on November 26 during IDFA 2019, which runs from November 20-December 1.

The pitch calls for original stand-alone short documentaries ranging from 10 to 20 minutes that explore climate change through the lens of the people and communities directly impacted. Online registration is now open and the deadline to submit is September 16. The partners will announce selected projects in mid-to-late October.

One winning project will receive a production grant of $25,000 from RYOT Films and year-round mentorship and career development through TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which TFI created to empower more inclusive voices in short-form storytelling. A second project will be awarded an honorable mention prize of USD $1,000.

Following an open call this summer, up to six finallists will be selected to present their projects at the live pitch event before a panel of judges. …

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