The second edition of IF/Then Southeast Asia is held In partnership with Tribeca Film Institute. The program provides project funding and creative distribution mentoring to short documentary projects that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics through the lens of young and emerging storytellers from Southeast Asia. The program stands out for its capacity to leverage short documentary film as a vehicle for responsive, community-driven storytelling and filmmaker viability. It is a fund and also a distribution initiative - the first of its kind to support independent short-form storytelling in an effort to maximize revenues and garner the widest possible international audience for our films. You can check out the previous edition of IF/Then Southeast Asia 2018.

The project submissions were open from 6 January - 6 March 2020. Listed below are the selected projects which will participate in IF/Then Southeast Asia 2020. Congratulations to all the selected participants!

  1. 19 (Vietnam)
    Ngoc Le (Director), Quang Nong (Producer)

  2. #116 B University Avenue, Rangoon (Philippines)
    Joanna Arong (Director, Producer)

  3. Bukang Liwayway (Philippines)
    Myish Endonila (Director), Kristine Angeli Gimongala (Co-Director)

  4. Dusts on the Window (Philippines)
    Demie Dangla (Director)

  5. Hi Boy (Indonesia)
    Rahmi Murti (Director), Wini Angraeni (Producer)

  6. Homebound (Indonesia)
    Ismail Lubis (Director), Nick Calpakdjian (Producer)

  7. Islam .inc | How To Sell Piety (Indonesia)
    Yovista Ahtajida (Director)

  8. Iyaha (Philippines)
    Jeremy Luke Bolatag (Director), Alex Poblete (Producer)

  9. Looking for Haven | Mencari Suaka (Indonesia)
    Andi Hutagalung (Director, Producer), Tedy Pasaribu (Producer)

  10. Marawi (Philippines)
    Shirin Bhandari (Director), Matt Baguinon (Director), Cha Escala (Producer)

  11. Married to the Underground (Philippines)
    Grace Simbulan (Director), Johnny Bassett (Producer)

  12. QUẨY (Vietnam)
    Hien Anh Nguyen (Director), Thuy Anh Nguyen (Producer)

  13. Rabiah and Mimi (Indonesia)
    Arfan Sabran (Director), Nick Calpakdjian (Producer)

  14. Sandcastles (Singapore)
    Carin Leong (Director), Martin Loh (Co-Producer)

  15. Senandung Senyap | A Sonorous Melody (Indonesia)
    Riani Singgih (Director), Annisa Adjam (Producer), Muhammad Ismail (Co-Producer)

  16. She Who Dreams of Statues (Singapore)
    Natalie Khoo (Director), Sam Wei Shi Chua (Producer)

  17. The Invisibles (Philippines)
    Bryan Kristoffer Brazil (Director)

  18. The Seen and Unseen (Vietnam)
    Trang Dao (Director, Co-Producer), Hieu Tran (Co-Producer)

  19. Underage (Thailand)
    Ohm Phanphiroj (Director, Producer)
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we have made adjustments to the program arrangement. The date of IF/Then Southeast Asia 2020 has also changed to 17 - 23 June 2020, consisting of the online Story Development Lab on 17 - 21 June and the Pitch sessions on 22 - 23 June 2020.

The Pitch Session - previously planned to be conducted in Docs By The Sea 2020 - to determine the two-top projects that will receive USD $20,000 grant respectively is also changed into pitching sessions to Decision Makers that's connected through In-Docs and Tribeca Film Institute network in online format. Additionally, all of the selected projects will receive USD 1.000 instead.


Submissions open: 6 January - 6 March 2020
Public announcement: 27 April 2020
Story Development Lab (online): 17 - 21 June 2020
Pitch Sessions (online): 22 - 23 June 2020

IF/Then is a filmmaking initiative developed by Tribeca Film Institute. Its mission is to discover and empower more inclusive voices in short film storytelling. It also fosters multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability for more short filmmakers in a global and increasingly complex marketplace. IF/Then was developed by Tribeca Film Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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