New collaboration supports diverse filmmakers around the world and films exploring the theme of migration as a central story of our time.

New collaboration supports diverse filmmakers around the world and films exploring the theme of migration as a central story of our time.

New York, NY   Emergence Magazine and IF/Then Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, launch today the inaugural SHIFTING LANDSCAPES – Emergence Magazine x IF/Then Shorts Lab. Marking the first partnership between IF/Then Shorts and Emergence Magazine, this lab celebrates storytellers and stories that explore these widespread shifts in movement from both human and nonhuman perspectives, and on both human and nonhuman timescales. Selected short documentary films will receive $25,000 in grant support, individual project mentorship, and career advancing public activations to assist in the completion and distribution of high profile projects, as well as a secondary distribution window with Emergence Magazine.
Three projects will be selected to participate in a one-year lab focused on short-documentary production, cohort collaboration and mentorship, working toward the completion of their films by the end of the term. Filmmakers will benefit from not only the resources of their esteemed mentors including prominent voices in documentary as well as topic-area experts, but also work to build strong creative relationships while providing feedback and support to their fellow filmmakers. Upon completing the rough cut of their projects, filmmakers will be invited to debut their works-in-progress to an invitation-only audience at a prominent international film festival and receive feedback. For the remainder of the program, filmmakers will finalize their cuts and receive high-level festival and distribution strategy consultations.
Emergence Magazine’s Executive Editor Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee said, “The complex narratives that reveal our relationships to landscapes are shifting at a speed and scale never experienced before. Now more than ever we need diverse and place specific stories documenting how these shifting patterns of migration are impacting the human and more than human worlds; stories that can help remind us how connected we are with the living Earth. I’m so excited to be collaborating with IF/Then Shorts and see what stories and storytellers emerge from this program.” When asked about the program, IF/Then Shorts Co-Director Caitlin Mae Burke stated, “IF/Then Shorts and Emergence Magazine share a dedication to elegant, artistic documentaries exploring this pressing topic of our time through unique storytelling lenses. The chance for this filmmaking cohort to not only grow with our guidance and that of our esteemed industry mentors, but to primarily lead each other toward creative expansion while completing their works is a model we are so proud to pilot together. We are enlivened by this open call and the opportunity to collaborate with Emergence Magazine in our mutual pursuit of elevating creative non-fiction filmmakers the world over.”
This opportunity will be open to individuals with genuine connection to and credibility within the communities they depict on-screen telling place-specific, community conscious stories of migration. The application is open globally, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ folks, recent immigrants, undocumented persons, persons with a disability, and/or women.
To meet eligibility requirements, projects must be an original documentary with a duration of 10-30 minutes, eligible for completion within the year-long lab, follow best practices in documentary ethics, authentically represent the story featured in the film, presented in English or have English subtitles, and have no prior distribution attached.
The application portal is currently open and will close on February 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST. For more information or to submit a project, please visit About IF/Then ShortsLaunched in 2017 with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, IF/Then Shorts is a fund and mentorship program at Field of Vision that supports storytellers in breaking barriers to access, exposure, and sustainability in both documentary film and the larger media ecosystem. A program of Field of Vision at First Look Institute, IF/Then works with creators who experience inequity based on factors such as race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, age, citizenship, and/or geography. Since its founding, IF/Then has supported 65+ U.S. and international short documentary films, many of which have achieved prestigious festival premieres, awards, and extensive media broadcasts on The New York Times Op-Docs, Al Jazeera English, PBS Reel South, POV Shorts, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Netflix, and more. In addition to founding support from the MacArthur Foundation, IF/Then is supported by The Redford Center, Kalliopeia Foundation, and Hulu, and has partnered with a diverse network of philanthropic funders and distribution partners including the Surdna Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, ESPN Films, RYOT Films, and others. About First Look Institute:First Look Institute (FLI) is committed to fearless reporting, bold storytelling, and speaking truth to power: essential elements of a healthy democracy and vibrant culture. Since its founding in 2013, FLI has spared no effort to create a more informed, engaged, and responsive public. We expose injustice, invest in diverse and innovative filmmakers and journalists, and defend those who cannot defend themselves. FLI is home to The Intercept, producing fearless, adversarial journalism that holds authority accountable; Field of Vision, a filmmaker-driven documentary unit that pushes the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking; and Press Freedom Defense Fund, which assists journalists and whistleblowers who challenge press freedom restrictions, providing them with financial and legal support wherever a substantial public interest is at stake. First Look Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. About Emergence Magazine:Launched in 2018 as an initiative of the Kalliopeia Foundation, Emergence Magazine is an award-winning online publication with an annual printed edition exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. The magazine has received wide acclaim for its innovative approach to storytelling–through interactive multimedia, virtual reality, documentary films, long-form essays, investigative journalism, podcast series and photography. Awards include: National Magazine Award nominations, Webby Awards, Peabody Awards nominations, Emmy Award and Critics Circle Choice nominations, Pushcart Prizes and European design awards.  
We would like to thank IF/Then Shorts- Layla Hancock Piper & Emergence Magazine –Devin Tellatin for the press release.