After its inaugural year, and AT&T and Tribeca Film Festival are teaming up for the film initiative, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories – an inclusive film program.
Under the agreement, AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for 1 talented filmmaker to create his or her film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms. The other 4 finalists will receive $10,000.
Last year, they awarded African American filmmaker Faraday Okoro one million dollars to create his film, Nigerian Prince.
Faraday is currently hard at work on the winning film Nigerian Prince that will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and will be distributed across DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW. His film is a story about a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager who after being sent to Nigeria against his will, joins forces with an internet scammer, in order to return to the United States.
Last year’s greenlight committee of professionals included Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie Josh Deutsch, Lee Daniels, Fiona Carter from AT&T, Len Amato and Frida Torresblancoor.
Applicants will be able to submit their projects until November 4.