What Is It?
Administered by Realscreen, Propelle is a female-focused accelerator program launched in partnership with Abby Greensfelder’s Everywoman Studios. The goal of the program is to further develop the careers of up-and-coming female creators by pairing them with female-owned production companies and female CEOs for project workshopping and mentoring. With this new program, female creators gain access to an established production company and a network of industry contacts, while learning how to develop ideas so that they are pitch-ready and sellable. Ultimately, the goal is to bring more female creators into the non-fiction ecosystem and have more diverse voices making content.
Each year, Everywoman Studios and Realscreen will recruit two female-owned production companies to join Everywoman Studios as production partners for submitted projects. The joint team will take the selected projects from concept to pitch with Everywoman Studios’ Abby Greensfelder mentoring the rising female creators with support from other female industry partners. The 2020 Participating Partners will be Jane Root (Nutopia) and Julie Bristow.
A Winning Opportunity.
Female creators will submit an application through Realscreen’s online entry form with a specific content idea. Ideas may be for an unscripted/non-fiction series, a non-fiction documentary/one-off program or feature documentary, or short-form non-fiction content. One (1) finalist will be selected by each Participating Partner, based on the project submitted and its readiness for further development and workshopping. The three finalists will be announced in April 2020, and each will be given one (1) complimentary registration to attend Realscreen West 2020, as well as mentorship and workshopping of their submitted project in the weeks leading up to Realscreen West 2020, readying them to pitch their idea to potential network partners at the event.
At Realscreen West 2020, Everywoman Studios will select and announce one (1) winning project to receive up to US $20,000 to further develop their project into production. Further development of the project with Everywoman Studios will be subject to entering into and executing a separate written development agreement with Everywoman Studios.
Each Participating Partner will also select two (2) entrants to receive an honorable mention, and each will receive one (1) complimentary registration to Realscreen West 2020 to further their opportunities to meet and connect with potential partners and buyers. The runners up will also be invited to a meet and greet opportunity with the Participating Partners during Realscreen West.
The Network Pitches.
Realscreen will provide a private room at Realscreen West 2020, where participating network development executives will each host a table and hear pitches from the three Accelerator program finalists.
Finalists will acknowledge that they may need to complete a submission release form from a network before pitching to them, and that the submission release submitted with their application to the Accelerator program was to cover the disclosure of their content idea with Realscreen and their Participating Partner only.
How It Works.
In addition to filling out the online entry form, entrants must provide the following:
- A pitch presentation deck outlining your content idea (PDF files only)
- A video - three minutes, maximum - that demonstrates your project (a sizzle reel or personal pitch of the project where a sizzle is not yet available)
- A signed submission release agreement
- A signed development agreement from Everywoman Studios, to come into effect if you are selected as the winner of the development funding.
- A one-page statement explaining how the Accelerator would benefit you and why you would like to work with your selected participating partner
- A resume indicating your work experience, including that within non-fiction production (if any) as well as any production credits you have.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.