One of the leading internet providers in the country, AT&T, recently announced their plans to team up with Tribeca to launch a new film initiative named “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories”. Reports indicate that the telecom giant will be offering a funding of $1 million to a talented filmmaker in order to create a film while Tribeca will give mentorship to him/her from seasoned professionals in the industry.
In addition to that, the winning film will also be distributed by the telecom company across plenty of their own video platforms, which includes DirecTV Now. The latest film initiative between the parties is actually a multi-tier, multi-year alliance and it will begin with the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, which is scheduled to start on April 19 in New York City. Being one of the best internet service providers in the US, AT&T will be also serving as the presenting sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival for the fourth consecutive year.
Fiona Carter, AT&T Chief Brand Officer said, “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is about pushing the boundaries of storytelling, connecting our customers to new and exclusive content and celebrating diversity. At AT&T, we’re passionate about innovation, culture and community – the same values that drive the Tribeca Film Festival. By launching this program with Tribeca, we are helping to give underrepresented filmmakers in the industry opportunities they have not had before.”
Jane Rosenthal, who is the co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival as well as the co-founder and co-chair of the Tribeca Film Institute, said that, “As a champion of supporting underrepresented filmmakers for over a decade, Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute are proud to collaborate with AT&T on AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, a significant and essential program that goes beyond the generous funding. To be able to say to a filmmaker that we are not only going to help get your important story made, but we will provide the mentoring, guidance and guaranteed distribution so it will get seen, is an incredible feeling.”
The Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute, Amy Hobby said, “We are excited to collaborate with AT&T on this timely and critical new initiative, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. This program fits squarely within our year-round work at TFI – to bring stories from underrepresented filmmakers to audiences around the world – and we look forward to providing guidance to all of the talented pitch participants to help fully realize these amazing projects.”