New IFP Program Aims to Connect Web-Series Creators with People in the Business

/ Mar 26, 2014


Brooklyn-based Independent Filmmaker Project aims to provide creators with resources that they might not otherwise have access to on the independent circuit. Primarily, this has meant helping filmmakers in the traditional sense. Now, the IFP is expanding this resource to those making content for the web.

The IFP is launching a new web series initiative as part of its RBC Emerging Storytellers program, which connects creators with producers, executives, and agents in the industry, with the hopes that it leads to new opportunities for them. As part of the new initiative, IFP says it will select up to five web series that are currently in development, production, or post-production, and invite them to participate in the meetings-based Independent Film Week Project Forum programs.

“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,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of the IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “We are excited to expand our expertise connecting storytellers to essential resources to artists focusing on web series.”

Selected projects will be able to participate in “dozens of personally curated meetings” with digital distributors, online platforms, production companies, financiers, agents, and managers, says IFP. Additionally, these creators will receive mentorship from IFP staff and alumni filmmakers, as well as get exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference at Independent Film Week and new IFP programs in February 2015 focused on web series.

Here are the requirements, from the announcement:

The Web Storytellers program is open to narrative web series currently in development, production, or post-production.

Each year, up to five projects will be accepted.

All projects participating must be directed by an American, or any director based in the U.S.

All projects participating cannot be released publically until October 2014.

Applicants must submit a pilot script, and a show bible. The show bible is a document that gives information on the series’ characters and setting, as well as an overview of potential future plotlines.

New seasons of already premiered web series are welcome to apply, as long as they will not premiere new episodes until December 2014.

Web series with distribution deals already in place are welcome to apply.

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