Applications open March 17, 2015
Deadline: May 1, 2015
About the Program
The most selective of IFP’s Independent Film Week Project Forum programs, RBC’s Emerging Storytellers is the premiere US talent pool for new voices on the independent scene. The program introduces writers and writer/directors to producers, executives, and agents who can help take their projects – and careers – to the next level. This is done through dozens of one-on-one meetings, professional script and pitching consultations, networking opportunities, educational panels at the Filmmaker Conference, and access to top festival programmers.
Up to twenty projects will be selected. Priority is given to material with little to no prior industry exposure (contests, competitions, festivals or script programs, or circulation among the traditional agent/development pools) and all projects must have been written after September 2014. Projects and participants are selected on artistic merit and previous marketplace exposure.
Web Storytellers Sidebar
As the barriers between film, television, and the web grow more porous, emerging storytellers are gravitating towards smaller screens and shorter form content to showcase their talents.
The Web Storytellers Sidebar returns for its second year to offer innovative storytellers the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Independent Film Week. The sidebar, in which up to five projects will be selected, is meant for web series in development or pre-production.
All participants will receive:
*Dozens of personally curated meetings with digital distributors, online platforms, production companies, financiers, agents, managers, and others who can help take their web series – and their careers – to the next level.
*Hands-on mentorship from experienced innovators, IFP staff, and alumni filmmakers working across different mediums and platforms.
*Exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference at Independent Film Week, as well as exclusive access to additional IFP web series programs, launching in 2015
Who Can Apply
Writers and writer/directors seeking producers, financiers and funders, and agent /managers to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts.
Narrative web series creators at all stages of development, production, and post-production seeking distributors, producers, financiers, agent / managers, and festival programmers.
Recent Emerging Storytellers Filmmakers
Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child, Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River, Shaka King’s Newlyweeds, Paola Mendoza’s Entre Nos, Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill, Dee Rees’ Pariah, & Susan Youssef’s Habibi