Opening of submissions for the next iteration of Untold Stories

For the third year in a row, AT&T and the Tribeca Film Festival are giving filmmakers a shot at 1 million bucks to make a movie! It’s all a part of the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories program, an alliance between AT&T and Tribeca (along with the year-round nonprofit Tribeca Film Institute) launched in 2017 to provide a platform for underrepresented filmmakers.

Aspiring filmmakers can submit their scripts between now and Nov. 19 for their chance to compete and become the third $1 million recipient of AT&T’s Untold Stories program

Filmmakers can find official program rules and regulations at

From the list of submissions, AT&T and Tribeca will then curate 5 finalists who will participate in a live pitch to a committee of film luminaries just before the opening of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  AT&T co-founded the initiative on the principle that connecting people – to each other and their passions – is vital, which dovetails with Tribeca’s commitment to championing storytellers. As presenting sponsor of the festival since 2014, AT&T wanted to find a new way to provide more individuals opportunities to connect and discover stories that speak to them. With that, Untold Stories was born.

  • In 2017, filmmaker Faraday Okoro was selected as the first-ever program winner for his film, Nigerian Prince.
  • That film debuted in April as part of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year — and will soon have its theatrical release on October 19.  Watch the official trailer here  –
  • It was announced this summer that Vertical Entertainment acquired the distribution rights to Nigerian Prince.  That announcement is here.
  • In April of 2018, AT&T also awarded its second $1 million “Untold Stories” winners, Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng. Their film, Lucky Grandma, will have its world premiere screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival next April.
Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng  with the prize
  • Past committee members have included Lee Daniels, Ilana Glazer, Antony Mackie, Alfre Woodard and Jeffrey Wright.
  • The winning filmmakers also receive mentorship from seasoned industry professionals.
  • The four other finalists will receive a $10,000 micro-grant to help achieve their respective film goals.

The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival will take place on April 24 – May 5, 2019 in New York City.