How It Worked for Appropriate Behavior Director Desiree Akhavan
“IFP’s Emerging Storyteller’s Program was where my producer and I first articulated the story we were interested in telling and determined a plan for how to make it. At Film Week, we connected to a world of industry professionals we’d never been exposed to, as well as mentors that we came back to again and again throughout the process of getting the film made. IFP was the first to believe in Appropriate Behavior, and without their early support we would have had a much harder time persevering through the next year it took to get it made.”
RBC’s Emerging Storytellers
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 doezens 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 2013. Projects and participants are selected on artistic merit and previous marketplace exposure.
Web Storytellers Sidebar
New for 2014!
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.
That’s why – for the first time – IFP will be hosting a dedicated sidebar to its Emerging Storytellers program, in which up to five web series in either development, production, or post-production will be selected to participate.
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