FAQ Our Local Is Global

How do I apply? 

The application for OUR LOCAL IS GLOBAL (OLIG) can be accessed and completed online through a link sent to all TFI Alumni. In addition to the application, alumni will have to upload a production ready pilot presentation script, a budget for under $40K for that short, a synopsis of the intended series adaptation, and link to previous footage. Please email us at scripted@tfiny.org if you are an alumni who did not receive the link to apply.

When is the submission deadline? Is there an entry fee? 

The next cycle of submissions will be open from mid-April to May 15, 2019. There is no entry fee to apply to OLIG, but it is only open to alumni of TFI. 

How many projects will be selected? 

One project will be selected to receive the $40,000 and complete the short by April 2020. TFI and OneFifty will oversee the production, providing feedback on the script, rough cuts and over site of the production. 

Are student films eligible? 


When will I be notified of my application status? 

All applicants will be notified via e-mail no later than September 1, 2019.

Do I need footage to apply to OLIG? 

We require a minimum of 5 minutes of consecutive footage of the director’s previous work. Previous work produced of writers is appreciated, but not required.

Do I need a full script or is a treatment sufficient? 

We require a full script of the short or pilot presentation and the project should be production ready.

What should my budget include? 

We require a budget that covers production and post-production of the pilot. This must be limited to $40,000. Anything above $40,000 must in in-kind services, which we would like detailed in your submitted budget.

Does TFI or Warner Media’s OneFifty own the rights to my project if it is selected for the program? 

Through OLIG, OneFifty will have an exclusive period of one-year, working with the filmmaker, to shop the pilot presentation to WarnerMedia Group’s Networks and Studios to sell the series idea. After one year, the exclusive period ends and OneFifty will have a first look right in any further development of the Proof of Concept, and the filmmaker will be free to engage with any third-parties. We do request that you include the TFI and OneFifty logos in the closing credits along with the words: "Supported by OUR LOCAL IS GLOBAL Tribeca Film Institute Short Program, in collaboration with WarnerMedia’s OneFifty”.

Does TFI or Time Warner OneFifty own the rights to the series if it is sold to Time Warner? 

No. A separate deal will be negotiated between the filmmaker and the studio or network at the time an offer is put forward. TFI will not be involved in the series or feature once it is sold. OneFifty’s, if any, ongoing involvement will be determined at that time of the negotiation. 

When does the year shopping agreement begin?

The shopping agreement begins once the film has premiered.   

What is an Artistic Statement?  

The Artistic Statement is your opportunity to discuss your creative vision for your project. This is where you can speak of the tone and style of the film, and to the reasoning behind your creative choices with regards to subject matter, medium, setting, etc. It’s also the place to touch upon your motivation for telling this story and for how you’ve decided to tell it.

What should I include in my series synopsis?; 

The synopsis should describe how this short can be developed into a series. The short should be a stand-alone piece, but in your synopsis you have the opportunity to explain where you see this expanding. For a series, you should explain what the pilot plot is, new characters we will meet and a brief description of the first season. You are not required to submit a series bible at this point, but you should have a general idea of how this presentation will be expanded.

Does OLIG look for certain types of stories?; 

OLIG is looking for stories that are personal or native to you and you community, but can relate to and reach a global audience. There is no restriction on genre or style, but we are looking for something that could be sold to one of the WarnerMedia Networks or Studios. See the full list HERE

How do I know if my project has a “qualified director, producer or screenwriter” attached?; 

Alumni should provide at least one example of previous work in their area of focus – which can include features, shorts or series.

Is OLIG open to filmmakers from around the world? 

Applicants must be current residents of the U.S. or Puerto Rico, but do not need to be U.S. citizens.

I am a screenwriter, but no director/producer is attached to my project yet. Do I qualify for OLIG? 

No. Screenwriters are welcome to apply, but they must have a director attached. 

Am I allowed to submit more than one project? 

Yes, but you do need to fill out a separate application per project. We encourage you to submit with your most production ready project.

Are there any stipulations on when I make the presentation? 

Yes. The short needs to be completed and delivered to be presented at a special screening during the Tribeca Film Festival 2020, hosted by TFI. Additional entrance into official shorts section is determined by the festival programming team. 

Where can I find additional answers to questions? 

Our staff will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us at scripted@tfiny.org or 212.274.8080