The NYTVF, an organization dedicated to identifying and nurturing top independent creative talent and connecting it with networks, studios, digital platforms, agencies, and brands, announced the official launch of NYTVF Scripts, a new scripted initiative offering aspiring TV writers the opportunity to have their work highlighted at the annual New York Television Festival. In its first year, NYTVF Scripts will accept original, half-hour comedy scripts for consideration by broadcast, cable, and digital buyers.
Much like the Festival’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), NYTVF Scripts will engage writers from around the world to submit their original scripts for consideration. A selection committee will identify a collection of top projects, which will be named Official Selections of the 2016 Festival.
All officially-selected scripts (along with produced pilots and series from the IPC) will be made available to the NYTVF’s roster of partners, industry participants, and jury members via NYTVF Connect – a core Festival track through which buyers, agents, managers, and decision-makers can access the work in the weeks leading up to the Festival. These TV decision-makers can request meetings with writers of interest, facilitated by NYTVF organizers during the Festival, which takes place this year from October 24-29. In 2015 more than 75 companies across the television landscape participated in NYTVF Connect, with approximately 450 meetings taking place.
Finally, one script will be recognized as the 2016 NYTVF Scripts “Best of the Fest” during the Festival’s Awards presentation on October 29, 2016.
“2016 has already been a big year in comedy for the NYTVF, and the launch of this initiative is in response to an increased desire from our industry partners to engage with new voices and read scripts from independent storytellers,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “Over the last decade, we’ve built and fostered a system that enables the very best indie talent to utilize the Festival and its initiatives as an industry gateway for their projects and passions – and the TV decision-makers have embraced us as a trusted source for identifying bold new voices. NYTVF Scripts will extend those opportunities to participants on all sides of the TV ecosystem and we’re thrilled to bring this new program into the NYTVF fold.”
NYTVF Scripts’ initial focus adds to the Festival’s expanding footprint in comedy, with previously-announced 2016 NYTVF development partners Bento Box Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, Seeso and truTV on board to offer development opportunities to comedy projects this year. Additionally, the NYTVF and Just For Laughs are currently accepting submissions for their long-term comedy partnership: “From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More.” Additionally, many of the NYTVF’s recent alumni are seeing exceptional success connected to comedy work that has been a part of past Festivals, including 2013 NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot Animals which premiered its first of two seasons on HBO February 5, and The Jamz – the first original series from NYTVF Productions and The Orchard – which was an Official Selection in the 2014 IPC, premiered April 12 on iTunes, and will be available on additional digital platforms beginning April 30.
In addition to their scripts’ exposure to buyers and decision-makers across the episodic landscape, the officially-selected writers will enjoy comprehensive access to NYTVF Connect, the Festival’s artist and industry marketplace, which provides Official Artists with the unique opportunity to meet, pitch, network, and collaborate with NYTVF’s industry participants during the six-day event.
The competition is open to writers age 18 and over from the U.S. and around the world. Scripts not currently under development at a network, studio or digital platform, and meeting all other criteria in the Official Rules, located here, are eligible for the initiative. Scripts must be between 20 and 40 pages in length, written in English and in a proper screenwriting format to be eligible.
Writers can enter by submitting a copy of their script, a series overview, and a C.V. online here. Submissions must be saved in a PDF file format and uploaded to the official contest page located here. The NYTVF will accept submissions from 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 1 through 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 15, or until 1,500 scripts are received, whichever comes first.