If/Then Short Documentary Program – Submissions Now Open!

DOC NYC is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) to support the art of short-form documentary storytelling.

DOC NYC and TFI are inviting storytellers coming from the American Northeast to apply for a new pitch opportunity during the 2018 DOC NYC Film Festival.

The pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries (running 10-20 minutes) that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics about the American Northeast. With an intentional focus on place-based, community-inspired, short-form storytelling, we are looking for compelling character-based stories focused on contemporary subjects that are relevant globally.

Up to six projects (including one from TFI alumni applicants) will be selected to enter the IF/Then Shorts pitch competition at DOC NYC before a panel of industry judges on November 12, 2018.

One project, selected by the jury, will receive up to USD $20,000 in project funding and will have the opportunity to participate in TFI’s IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities.

Applications are only accepted via our online submission form at this link.


  • Online registration opens: June 15, 2018
  • Project application deadline: August 13, 2018
  • Notification of project selection: late September / early October
  • IF/Then pitch competition at DOC NYC in New York: November 12, 2018


All stories and storytellers coming from the American Northeast. These 11 states include: Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

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

Please make sure your project fits our general eligibility requirements presented on our Pitches & Eligibility page.