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 2015. 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 2016
Who Can Apply
RBC’s Emerging Storytellers
*Writers and writer/directors seeking producers, financiers, and funders, and agents/managers to develop, produce, represent, and finance their script.
*All writers and writer/directors must be U.S. based (‘U.S. based means: U.S.-born, or any writer or writer/director living and able to work in the U.S. ) and must have a feature screenplay completed after September 2015. All submitted screenplays must be in English.
Web Storytellers Sidebar
*Narrative web series creators at various stages of development and pre-production, seeking distributors, producers, financiers, agent/managers, and festival programmers.
Recent RBC’s 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