The Tribeca Creators Market - in partnership with Indeed, a leading hiring platform that champions opportunity - serves as a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary industry pitch market for select emerging creators within the feature film, short form, episodic, immersive, game, and podcast space to discuss new projects with an array of companies and influential industry leaders. The Creators Market exists as a pillar of Tribeca’s commitment to supporting storytellers in all stages of their careers, with a strong emphasis on diversity of creators and forms of storytelling, providing industry with a group of fresh and provocative voices.

As a festival dedicated to empowering storytellers and built on the intersection of art and activism, the Tribeca Festival recognizes and respects the mission of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in facilitating access and fair compensation for writers in the entertainment industry. We fully support their negotiations to secure a fair agreement for their members. We have reviewed all the festival programs with the WGA strike rules in mind, and in our review, determined that the Tribeca Creators Market might not comply with these rules. In light of this, we have taken steps to modify the program for 2023, and the event will no longer involve an industry presence. Tribeca Festival consulted with the WGA and legal counsel and has verified that the modified program is in compliance with the WGA Strike Rules.

As a pivot, we have designed an invigorating and informative collaborative workshop format for the 2023 Creators Market—a day of mentorship and conversation wherein our Creator teams will come together to discuss their projects with one another as well as with creative mentors.

May Abdalla

Immersive Project

May Abdalla is a highly acclaimed director. She received the Rory Peck Award for independent journalism, and her work has been selected for the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. Her VR experience Make Noise was selected in competition at Venice Film and was awarded the Innovation Award from Amnesty International.

Jennifer Amell, Tim Pilleri, & Lance Reenstierna

Nonfiction Podcast

Jennifer Amell is an investigative journalist and multimedia producer. She is the creator and host of Dark Valley, a new podcast series.

Tim Pilleri is co-host of popular crime podcasts, Missing and Crawlspace. Tim and co-host Lance were on-camera talent and consulting producers on Oxygen's The Disappearance of Maura Murray.

Lance Reenstierna is the co-founder of Crawlspace Media. He produces and hosts podcasts, Missing and Crawlspace. He is proud to announce Dark Valley, their most ambitious production yet.

Matt Barnes, Nathan Elliott, & Jaren Hayman


Matt Barnes is a former pro basketball player who played 14 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Barnes went on to win an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in his last season in the league in 2017. He is an entrepreneur, executive producer, and co-host of the award-winning podcast, All the Smoke.

Nathan Elliott is a Canadian entrepreneur, technologist, and filmmaker. He is the founder and CEO of FrontRunner Technologies, FrontRunner Studios, and Love-Hate Productions

Jaren Hayman has produced and directed three documentary feature films and over 50 television, commercial, music videos, and branded content spots. His films have had theatrical releases, garnered global Netflix deals, and hit #1 on the rental charts in numerous countries.

Sam Butin

Games Project

Sam Butin creates interactive stories that grant audiences immersive windows into history. He has developed original content for partners including Google, Verizon, Eko, & The Brown Institute.

Alyssa Esteban & D Henry Hanson


Bios Coming Soon

Pierre-Christophe Gam

Immersive Project

A polymath artist and future thinker, Pierre-Christophe Gam’s work draws from Africa’s rich pre-colonial heritage to create physical and virtual spaces that foster learning, connection, and imagination. Toguna World is the winner of the 2022 Unity for Humanity award.

Dylan Gelula, Devon Bostick, & Lexi Tannenholtz

Narrative Feature

Dylan Gelula is an actor/filmmaker. Her credits include five years on Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and her work in independent film (Shithouse, Support the Girls, First Girl I Loved).

Devon Bostick is an actor/filmmaker. Credits include: Bong Joon-ho's Okja, Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The 100, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Fubar opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Lexi Tannenholtz is a producer based in NYC. Lexi most recently produced Shudder’s Bad Things, premiering at Tribeca 2023 and Chestnut, premiering at Frameline 2023. She also just wrapped production on Booger, which took part in the 2022 Tribeca Creators Market. Lexi is a 2022 Film Independent Producing Lab Fellow.

Doron Max Hagay, Blair Beeken, & Katy Fullan

Narrative Feature

Doron, Blair, and Katy have been collaborating on comedic shorts since 2016. Their short "Company" was an official selection of the New Orleans Film Festival and Dallas Film Festival, was a Vimeo Staff Pick, and premiered online on Garnering a cult following, their work explores female friendship using a lens that blends dark comedy with art house cinema.

Kevin Peter He & Jessica Shen

Immersive Project

Kevin Peter He is a filmmaker and visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York whose work uses a range of traditional and emerging media & technologies to tell embodied stories.

Jessica Shen is an experience design director interested in creating technically complex but soulful experiences through a variety of mediums ranging from experimental film and animation to digital and physical products.

Riley Hooper & Caitlin Mae Burke

Documentary Feature

Riley Hooper is a documentary film director and editor. Her award-winning short documentaries have screened at festivals across the U.S. and internationally, and have appeared on The New York Times’ Op Docs, Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week, and The New Yorker. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and is currently working on her first feature, Vestibule.

Caitlin Mae Burke is an Emmy award-winning producer. As Co-Director of IF/Then Shorts, she has overseen over 90 international short documentaries from development through distribution. An inaugural inductee into DOC NYC's 40 Under 40 and alumna of Berlinale Talents, Caitlin's award-winning work as a producer has been screened and broadcast across the U.S. and internationally. Notable credits include Nuts! (dir. Penny Lane, Sundance 2016) Obit. (dir. Vanessa Gould, Tribeca 2016), and Fourteen (dir. Dan Sallitt, Berlinale 2019).

Greyson Horst, Michael Doshier, Phil Hughes, Emmi Shockley, & Kara Bartek

Narrative Feature

Greyson, Michael, Phil, Emmi, and Kara are the filmmakers behind the feature film Throuple, your new favorite indie comedic love story. It’s boundary-pushing, queer, non-monogamous, and extremely rock ‘n roll.

Ismaila Jallow & Paul Blomgren

Immersive Project

Ismaila Jallow is a writer-director based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has a BA in filmic processes and comes from directing, writing, and producing short films. Crow Castle is his first VR-project.

Paul Blomgren DoVan is a producer of documentaries, feature film, tv-drama, as well as commercials and tv-entertainment. He is a co-founder and CEO of the company Gothenburg Film Studios, a complete film production facility on the west coast of Sweden. Since 2016, Paul is also part of renowned independent drama production company GötaFilm.

Gilles Jobin, Katayoun Dibamehr, & Helen Cotinat-Flynn

Immersive Project

Gilles Jobin is a choreographer living and working in Geneva whose productions have been performed around the world since 1995. Since 2017, Gilles combines contemporary dance with his passion for new technologies, and with the COVID pandemic, he relies on technology and innovation for real time remote performances.

Before joining Floréal Films in 2018, Katayoun Dibamehr has worked actively in the festival scene of Montréal since 2009 (MUTEK, Pop Montréal, RIDM). Since 2011, she has collaborated with the Festival nouveau cinéma of Montréal as the head of the new media curating as part of “FNC EXPLORE” section. Currently and as she keeps programming, Katayoun wishes to get closer to, support, and represent artists, leaning towards the production of innovative, immersive, and multi-screen content.

Bio Coming Soon

Elise Kibler & James Udom

Narrative Series

Elise Kibler is an actor, writer, and director in theater, film, TV. She's worked as an actor on and off-Broadway since graduating from NYU Tisch's Kanbar Institute of Film & TV with a concentration in writing and directing, and is a Young Playwrights National Award Winner and an O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist.

James Udom is pleased to be making his cinematic directorial debut with Do It to Me If You Want. James as an actor has appeared on stage in over a decade’s worth of plays, films, and TV shows. He is currently on location in New Zealand filming the new Apple TV+ show Chief of War opposite Jason Momoa.

Justin Kim WooSŏk

Narrative Feature

South Korean-born director Justin Kim Woosŏk is a filmmaker interested in the intersection of fiction and nonfiction, of ethnography and speculation, and of diaspora and homeland.

Beck Kitsis, Chris McNabb, Hannah Dweck, & Theodore Schaefer

Narrative Feature

Beck Kitsis is a filmmaker and musician. She wrote/directed “The Three Men You Meet at Night” (Fantastic Fest 2020), “Red is the Color of Beauty” (Hulu 2021), and “Valentine” (Tribeca 2022). Her upcoming features have received support from Sundance, Tribeca, NYFF, Cinereach, and more.

Chris McNabb is a director, two-time Emmy-winning editor, and Sundance Fellow. Their short film “Valentine” (Tribeca 2022) screened at 20+ festivals. Select editing credits include Invisible Beauty (Sundance/Tribeca 2023), Look at Me: XXXTentacion (SXSW 2022), “The Rat” (Sundance 2019), and Whose Streets? (Sundance 2017).

Founder of Dweck Productions, Hannah Dweck produced Universal Pictures’ The Adults (Berlin/Tribeca 2023), HBO Max/Utopia’s We're All Going to the World's Fair (Sundance 2021), and Cinedigm’s Giving Birth to a Butterfly (Fantasia 2021). Directing credits include “Guest House” (Austin Film Festival 2019) and “Deliver” (Maryland Film Festival 2022).

Through his work at Dweck Productions, Theodore Schaefer produced HBO Max/Utopia’s We're All Going to the World's Fair (Sundance 2021) and Universal Pictures’ The Adults (Berlin/Tribeca 2023). His directorial debut, Giving Birth to a Butterfly (Fantasia 2021), was recently released by Cinedigm.

Josh Koury, Myles Kane, & Trisha Koury

Documentary Feature

For over 15 years, Myles, Josh, and Trish have united their talents to create compelling documentary films, driven by empathy and rich character narratives.

Mezan Studios: Hamad K & Tony Davis

Games Project

Mezan Studios is a Qatar-based game studio established by Hamad K, Founder and Creative Director, to develop Nightscape. Together with Tony Davis, Head of Studio, we have built a passionate and driven team to create fun and meaningful games inspired by the rich history and traditions of the Middle East.

Rachael Moton & Vero Kompalic

Narrative Feature

Rachael Moton is a writer/director whose work has been supported by institutes including Sundance, Tribeca, and SFFILM. If she wasn’t a filmmaker, she would be a great reality tv star.

Vero Kompalic is a Venezuelan filmmaker. In 2020, she founded DISCORDIA, an independent female-founded company, alongside her longtime collaborators. Their work has been supported by Tribeca, SXSW, Sundance, and SFFILM, among others.

Oanh-nhi Nguyen


Oanh-Nhi Nguyen is a filmmaker and activist with 10 years of working for gender and racial justice. She writes stories honoring Asian and Asian American women, specifically women and immigrants and how intergenerational trauma and resilience impacts the trajectory of their lives. She is currently a Directing Fellow at AFI.

Barret O’Brien & Rory O’Neill Schmitt

Narrative Feature

Barret O'Brien is an author and actor from New Orleans. Committed to creating work that is gentle on Earth's natural resources, O'Brien has staged plays internationally in such unconventional locales as abandoned bars, off-grid farms, and after-hours soup kitchens. The Long Long Night is his debut television series.

Rory O’Neill Schmitt is an executive producer for The Long Long Night (Duplass Brothers Productions), starring Mark Duplass and Barret O’Brien. She produced the award-winning short film, “Garden District,” and co-wrote “Ebben Goes Astral.”

Francesca Panetta, Shehani Fernando, & Halsey Burgund

Immersive Project

Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund are Emmy-award winning artists. Shehani Fernando is an award-winning immersive producer & director. Between us, we've worked at The Guardian, BBC, MIT, & UAL.

Ian Park & Shannon Sun-Higginson


Ian Park is an award-winning documentary and commercial editor and writer, and director of post-production at Special Operations Studios. He edited the documentary GTFO, which premiered at SXSW.

Shannon Sun-Higginson is a documentary producer and director whose work has premiered at Sundance and SXSW and aired on HBO Max, Hulu, PBS, Discovery, Travel Channel, and CNN.

Urvashi Pathania & Liz Lian

Narrative Feature

Urvashi Pathania (she/her) is a writer/director based in Brooklyn. Her films explore gender, sexuality, and cultural bereavement. Urvashi was selected for the 2023 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive with her feature Skin.

Liz Lian is a Chinese American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her mission is to inspire action that challenges power structures and nurtures self-expression through thought-provoking stories led by underdogs and underrepresented voices. Originally from New Jersey, Liz is a graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts and Princeton University.

Raul Paz-Pastrana, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, & Patricia Alvarez Astacio

Documentary Feature

Raúl, Gabriella, and Patricia are Latine/x filmmakers working on observational non-fiction films about the American South, immigration, labor, and human-animal relations. Their films have screened at festivals worldwide.

Sam Roden, Joseph L. Roberts, & Elisha Yaffe

Narrative Series

Sam Roden’s short film “The Dishwasher” earned a Special Jury Mention at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was optioned by HBO. In 2021, he completed “Atrophy,” which premiered at Fantasia and later Short of the Week. His episodic debut, Honeycomb, won the 2023 Slamdance Audience Award for Best Episode.

Joseph Roberts earned a degree in theatre from Emerson College and was a founding member of the acclaimed Brimmer Street Theatre Company. He’s also been the drummer in southern rock cover band Smokewagon for over 15 years.

Elisha Yaffe has sold a few ½ hrs and co-showran an eight-episode series for go90 (rip). As an actor, he’s appeared on Better Call Saul, Mad Men, and Comedy Bang Bang! More at:

Scott J. Ross

Hybrid Series

Scott J. Ross is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles specializing in comedy, documentary, and fine art film. His work as director, producer, editor, and cinematographer has screened at major festivals including Sundance and Tribeca, as well as at art institutions including the Whitney, the MoMA, and the Venice Biennale.

Anna Rubanova


Anna Rubanova’s a writer, VO artist, podcaster, animator, and co-founder of Left Handed Radio, an audio and animation shop. Their catalogue includes radio parodies, absurdist character pieces, and anything audibly imaginable.

Maya Shekel & Yuval Kella

Immersive Project

Maya Shekel is an XR creator currently directing Eddie and I, a VR interactive storytelling experience that teaches sign language and promotes empathy between different populations. In the past, Maya co-created Tazoo, an AR app that recreates nostalgic places in Tel Aviv through storytelling. Maya has collaborated with organizations such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Tel Aviv Municipality, and more.

Yuval Kella is a producer blending art and technology. Co-founder of TAZOO AR project and Producer of Eddie and I, a VR experience promoting empathy and sign language. Expert in XR productions and seamlessly bridging creativity and business.

Bobbi Summers

Narrative Series

Bobbi Summers is a Canadian comic and musician. A product of Toronto’s alt-comedy scene, Bobbi is currently moving into the world of scripted content with CBC’s forthcoming series I Hate People, People Hate Me. The series is both created and written by Summers. Summers stars and both wrote and performed an original soundtrack for the show.

Adam Turkel & Camille Casmier

Narrative Short

Adam Turkel (writer) and Camille Casmier (director) are NYC-based filmmakers. Past work includes Viral (Tribeca NOW), Better Days (Tribeca NOW), “Freehand” (Best Digital Short, HollyWeb), and “Mississippi River Princess.”