AT&T Presents: Untold Stories: Rules and Regulations


All eligible projects must have a director and a producer attached. There are no requirements in terms of film subject matter or genre, but films should not have excessive violence, nudity, or drug use. Films should be able to be completed within a $1 million budget.


Submissions Open. Click here for Eligibility.


Submissions open October 15 – January 15, 2022


Before applying, please review all RULES AND REGULATIONS and FAQs. If you still have questions regarding the entry process, please feel free to contact us directly:



In order to qualify for AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, applicants must comply with ALL of the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements (the “Official Rules”). Failure to comply with these rules will render a submission ineligible


SPONSOR: AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is hosted by Tribeca Enterprises LLC, located at 375 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013.



  • ApplicantApplicant(s) must be at least 18 years old and reside in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
  • Current students are not eligible to apply.
  • A screenwriter and/or director from an underrepresented community in the film industry attached to the project.
  • Registration with the WGA or copyright office is required for all submitted screenplays.
  • Submissions must NOT have been distributed in theaters or have aired on any form of television, internet streaming, or public screening prior to June 2022.
  • Films intending to be subtitled are eligible, but the submitted screenplay must be in English.



Submission Period: AT&T Presents: Untold Stories (the “Program”) submission period is on a rolling basis commencing at 12:00:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 15, 2021, and ends at 11:59:00 PM ET on January 15, 2022 (the “Submission Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Program.

  • All applicants must complete an online application form. (Read Eligibility)
  • Bios and contact information for key applicant(s) must be included.
  • A budget top sheet or summary that reflects the $1 million award, including post-production costs, is required.
  • Application must include a thorough feature-length screenplay, with a director attached, that is ready to shoot for a premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival®.
  • At least one full sample of the director’s prior work must be supplied via an online-streaming source (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Sample work must be a minimum of 5 consecutive minutes in length, and we encourage longer. Examples of prior work may include a webisode, short film, feature film, music video, commercial, etc. PLEASE NOTE: You must not take down your footage at any time through the submission process, or you will be disqualified.
  • Only ONE submission per applicant is allowed, unless applicant is working on another project in a different role.

Entries will not be considered complete until all of the materials are received. Please refer to the guidelines above.

There is no entry fee to apply to AT&T Presents: Untold Stories.


Winners Selection: Five (5) potential winners (individually, a “Finalist”, and collectively the “Finalists”) will be selected by Sponsor based upon the creativity, structure, character development, and originality of the submissions. The Finalists will then have the opportunity to pitch their submission immediately before or during the Tribeca Film Festival to a jury of media professionals (the “Judges”). Of the five Finalists, only one (the “Winner”) will win an award of One Million Dollars (US$1,000,000) for use in the production of the submitted film.  The winning project will be selected by the Judges based on the submitted project, applicant’s prior work, and their pitch. The remaining four Finalists (the “Second Place Winners”) will each receive a Ten Thousand Dollar (US$10,000) award for use toward the continued development and/or production of their film. Prize winners cannot assign or transfer a prize to another person.


The Winner will be required to set up a single-purpose LLC to receive the winning proceeds and to produce the film. The filmmaker, via the LLC, will assume all liabilities in connection with the production (e.g., errors and omissions and liability insurance, any guild obligations, etc.). The Winner must sign a long-form contract with Sponsor, plus submit a production schedule and budget in advance of receiving the first award payment. As part of the Winner’s contract AT&T will receive a license for the worldwide distribution rights in the film for a five (5) year term in all media with the first 3 years granted on an exclusive basis. The Winner must make best efforts to complete the film for a potential world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2023.



The Second Place Winners will be required to sign an agreement with Sponsor in order for the one-time payment of the $10,000 grant to be paid to either an LLC or an individual.


This Program is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in the Program, each applicant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects. By participating in this Program and/or by accepting any awards , each applicant hereby releases Sponsor, and all entities involved in the Program (including, without limitation AT&T Services, Inc); each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees; and each of these companies and individuals' respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties")  from, and covenant not to sue the Released Parties for, any claim or cause of action, whether known or unknown, based upon or relating to its applicant’s submission or its participation in the Program. Sponsor may, at its option, terminate or suspend an applicant’s application and participation in the Program immediately upon written notice to applicant, if: (a) applicant commits any criminal act or other act involving moral turpitude, drugs, or felonious activities; (b) applicant commits any act or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which brings them into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule, or which shocks or offends the community or any group or class thereof, or which reflects unfavorably upon Sponsor or reduces the commercial value of Sponsor’s association with applicant; (c) information becomes public about how applicant has so conducted themselves as provided in (a) or (b) in the past; (d) applicant becomes involved or associated with an event or circumstance caused by applicant’s immediate family members or others closely associated with applicant which reflects unfavorably upon Sponsor; or (e) applicant takes any action or makes or authorizes statements deemed by Sponsor to be in derogation of Sponsor or any of its partners. Each prize winner  authorizes Sponsor and their designees to use his/her name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials for promotional purposes in any publicity or advertising carried out in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration by the Sponsor and/or its advertising or promotional agencies without limitation or further notification, and without providing compensation or intellectual property rights to the applicant, except where prohibited.


Applicants warrant that: (i) they are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (ii) have the full and exclusive right and authority to grant the rights granted herein; (iii) their participation in the Program does not in any way conflict with any existing commitment on their part; and (iv) their submission will not violate or infringe upon any third party's rights.


AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is governed by the laws of the State of New York, without respect to any choice of law or conflict of law principles that would result in the application of any law other than that of New York. As a condition of participating in this Program, applicants agree any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to their participation in the Program shall be resolved exclusively in either the state or federal courts located in the County of New York, and applicant hereby consents to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.


Any personal information supplied by an applicant to Sponsor will be subject to Sponsor's privacy policy posted at Prize notification and fulfillment in connection with the Program will be administered by Sponsor. By entering the Program and voluntarily providing applicant’s personal information as described in these Official Rules, applicants agree to the collection and use of your personal information by the Sponsor and their respective representatives, promotional agencies and marketing organizations for purposes of the administration of the Program, notification of prize winners, fulfillment and verification of prize awards, and disclosing the list of winners. By entering this Program, applicants consent to use of their submission information for these purposes and for all purposes set forth in these Official Rules.


We recommend visiting our FAQ page for answers to some commonly asked questions.

If you still have questions regarding the entry process, please feel free to contact us directly: