Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative

There are presently no open calls for applications.


A space to educate and incubate the boldest and most daring creators of today as they develop the stories and formats of tomorrow.

This unique initiative focuses on new storytelling forms developed exclusively for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network. Selected storytellers will have opportunities to experiment with augmented and mixed reality, volumetrics, CGI, and motion capture that will have a wide range of applications using the next-generation standard in mobile telecommunication.

VR, Volumetrics, CGI, Motion Capture 

Up to ten (10) story-based projects with an innovative and imaginative approach to working with this new 5G technology will be selected to participate in our Next Generation 5G Storytelling Lab intensive from December 5-7, 2018 at the Made in NY Media Center.

These selected Lab projects will also be invited to participate at IFP Week 2019, which has been for over four decades one of the premier marketplaces and project forums for American independent film and media creators. At the end of the three-day intensive, the Lab projects will be asked to submit a brief project outline, based on their findings and experiences in the Lab, to highlight how they plan to proceed with their projects utilizing specific 5G technologies. These outlines will be due on December 21.

Based on these submitted outlines, three (3) final projects will be selected to further develop and produce their projects, using RYOT’s facility and technical resources, and benefitting from guidance and regular workshopping with the Verizon and IFP teams.

Each of the three selected projects will receive:

  • $10,000 RYOT grant
  • Access to RYOT’s volumetric studio and Verizon resources: 5G Lab at Alley powered by Verizon (NYC) and RYOT Innovation Studio (Los Angeles)

What is 5G?

5G: The next generation 

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology. But users will know it as one of the fastest, most robust technologies the world has ever seen. That means quicker downloads, a more powerful network and a massive impact on how we live, work and play. The connectivity benefits of 5G will make business more efficient and give consumers access to more information faster than ever before. Autonomous cars, smart communities, industrial IoT, immersive education—they will all rely on 5G.

Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative Rules

Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative