IFP and RYOT are launching the Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative!

There are presently no open calls for applications.

UPDATE: Submissions for the Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative will now be accepted by IFP beginning October 18, 2018, with all submissions due by November 16, 2018. 


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.

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.

All 10 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 10 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)


The Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative seeks submissions from filmmakers and creators with a serious, innovative, and imaginative approach to new technology, to develop new story-based projects.

5G is a revolutionary new technology that requires more than just a new approach to designing and deploying networks: it opens up untapped potentials in narrative storytelling across all media, from film to immersive projects to interactive experience, and beyond.

5G is also for more than just phones: its applications will transform the ways we digest stories on a large movie screen or TV set, in a theater, through installations, and amongst a wide range of mediums where humans interact, in the same space or across the globe.

Creative teams are encouraged to propose ideas with ambitious scopes and conceive of form factors distinct from what has historically been possible, including new types of graphics and interactivity.

The NYC and LA facilities will provide storytellers access to Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network and opportunities to experiment with cutting-edge advances in:

  • Augmented and mixed reality
  • Volumetrics
  • CGI
  • Motion capture

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For the Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative and Lab, we are looking for project pitches that are fully integrated narrative-driven pieces seeking the use of 5G technological capabilities to be developed and produced: augmented/mixed reality, volumetrics, CGI, motion capture, and more. 

The core mission of the initiative is to develop stories conceived in 5G technology. Our ideal project candidates meet the below criteria:

  1. A compelling story: an experience or narrative with strongly defined characters, arc, and point-of-view.
  2. Imaginative and thoughtful approach to the story’s form and medium of choice in the lens of 5G technology.
  3. A clear passion, drive, curiosity, and willingness to experiment and explore advances in storytelling.

Projects can take the form of a film, immersive experience, interactive experience, or any unique, cross-media combination, and can range from feature-length to short-form pieces. We are also open to project ideas in the film, immersive, and/or interactive space at varying stages of ideation and development, including:

  1. Fully produced and previously exhibited work that seeks to substantially alter or adapt the piece for 5G technology.
  2. Work currently in production or post-production
  3. Work currently in development (with financing) or pre-production

We will also accept new project pitches for work not yet in development, based on the strength of the application and the credentials of the creative/technical team.

Other Factors:

  • Teams should include or already have engaged a technical producer, supervisor, and/or consultant as one of the lead creatives on the project.
  • Projects and creators should be US-based.
  • Focus is on story-based projects. Definitions can be broad here, but we are not accepting games, apps, or brand experiences.

Questions to Answer in Project Pitch:

  • Why does this story/narrative need to be told/adapted with 5G technology? (If it can be made with 4G, then think/dream bigger!)
  • What themes will the story/narrative explore through the use of 5G technology?
  • Which characters and crucial scenes is the narrative built around?
  • Has this story been told in other medium? If so, how will this version be different?

IFP and RYOT are launching the Next Generation 5G Storytelling Initiative!