Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021
If/Then Stories of the American Midwest

IF/Then American Midwest 2020

The 2020 IF/Then American Midwest pitch was previously scheduled to take place at the 44thCleveland International Film Festival, but given the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TFI and CIFF were excited to host its first ever virtual IF/Then Shorts pitch on Thursday, April 16th. 

The winner was selected by a professional jury consisting of:

  • Chloe Gbai, Tribeca Film Institute
  • Lucas Harger, Bruton/Stroube Studios
  • Sheila Nevins, MTV Documentary Films 
  • Mridu Chandra, Independent Filmmaker

The jury chose TO BE RECONCILED directed by James Christenson and produced by Brennan Vance as the competition winner to receive $25,000 in project funding and the opportunity to participate in TFI's IF/Then Shorts Program, which provides year-round mentorship and career development opportunities. 

Additional Awards:

Bruton Stroube is a proud returning partner of Tribeca Film Institute and will provide a festival finishing package for this year's IF/Then Shorts American Midwest pitch competition winner. The short film package is comprised of picture, sound, and deliverables from their award-winning talent. 


IF/Then Shorts was developed with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Local support is provided by Cleveland State University.

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