Small Screen Opportunities for Non-Fiction Storytellers

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

IFP, DCTV and the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) have teamed for a special event highlighting small screen opportunities for doc and non-fiction filmmakers. As the television and digital landscapes continue to expand and the demand for talented multi-medium storytellers reaches an all-time high, this discussion will aim to provide insight on the buyers, the players, the rules of the game, and, most importantly, how non-fiction filmmakers can successfully navigate the terrain.


Julie Anderson // Executive Producer, Documentaries and Development, Thirteen

Marco Bresaz // Vice President, Original Programming & Development, Sundance Channel

Banks Tarver // Co-Founder/Co-President, Left/Right Productions

Moderated by Milton Tabbot // Senior Director of Programming, IFP


SOLD OUT. RSVPs will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7pm.


The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organizations for independent filmmakers. Since its debut at the 1979 New York Film Festival, IFP has supported the production of over 7,000 films and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, providing an opportunity for many diverse voices to be heard. IFP believes that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. The organization has championed early work by pioneering, independent filmmakers, including Charles Burnett, Edward Burns, Jim Jarmusch, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Mira Nair and Kevin Smith. IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world. Through its workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships and Filmmaker Magazine, IFP schools its members in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking. The year-round program includes an Independent Film Week, The Gotham Awards, Filmmaking Labs and Seminars, and a range of programs to promote racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, gender and sexual diversity. IFP, often in collaboration with other cultural institutions, builds audiences by hosting premieres and special screenings.

The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of over 12,000 independent creative artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies and brands. In 2012 alone, the NYTVF handed out over 25 network and studio development deals to independent artists totaling nearly $500,000 in production and development funding. The NYTVF is currently accepting submissions for guaranteed development opportunities with History, Comedy Central and NBC.