Yesterday, six projects were pitched as part of the If/Then competition presented in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute dedicated to female-identified European voices and the winner has been found!

IF/Then is a new initiative developed by Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) with seed funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to stimulate the art of short form documentary storytelling. Its goal is to discover and empower more inclusive voices in short film storytelling and to foster multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability in a global and increasingly complex marketplace.

The jury chose the project ‘Nudar’ by Rand Beiruty as the competition winner. About the film:

Nudar is a strong motivated character who is going through a period of immense change. Upon her arrival to Germany, as any other refugee, she is faced with with the many challenges of being integrated within a society that is very different from her own. However, being an unmarried woman without her family, she is faced with the additional challenge of finding her place within the refugee community itself. The film focuses on the emotional state of Nudar and makes sense of her feelings towards herself and her fellow refugees.

Riina Zachariassen comments on behalf of the jury:

“The winner is a personal story by someone with a connection to the community in which they found their protagonist and to the wider issue of mass migration in Europe.

Through the intimate relationship between filmmaker and subject, the film allows a positive presentation of what migrants to bring to their new homes in the face of much adversity.

Furthermore we felt this funding would make a clear difference to the outcome of the film.”  
The winner will receive USD 20.000 to complete a short documentary within the next six months and to participate in IF/Then’s aspirational model of multi-platform distribution and monetization that offers filmmakers creative control, creativity, revenue potential, and career development.