Formerly Emerging Narrative
Application Deadline: May 3, 2013
How it Worked for Shaka King, Writer/Director of Newlyweeds
“Through IFP’s Emerging Storytellers program, I met one of my film’s producers, my casting director, and a lead actor. But more importantly, it provided our fledgling creative team its first sense of industry validation. We knew we had a project worth seeing through, but didn’t know what type of help or interest we could expect from the industry side. Getting into IFP was a major confidence booster.”
Emerging Storytellers is
The most selective of IFP’s Independent Film Week Project Forum programs, Emerging Storytellers is the premiere US talent pool for new voices on the independent scene. The program introduces emerging storytellers to producers, executives, and agents who can help take their projects – and careers – to the next level. This is done through professional script and pitching consultations and one-to-one meetings, networking and screening opportunities, as well as access to top festival programmers and innovators on the independent scene at the Filmmaker Conference.
Up to twenty-five 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 2012. Projects and participants are selected on artistic merit and previous marketplace exposure.
Who Can Apply
Writers and writer/directors seeking producers, financiers and funders, and agent /managers to develop, produce, represent and finance their scripts.
Recent Emerging Storytellers Filmmakers
Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, Ron Eyal & Eleanor Burke’s Stranger Things, Erin Greenwell’s My Best Day, 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