How do you envision using virtual production and Unreal to help your creative process? Unreal and Tribeca want to help you find out.

Their month-long "Writing In Unreal" intensive workshop will pair independent filmmakers with Unreal Engine artists, experts, and other creators to help visualize their work before they even shoot. Through this process of visualization, the filmmakers will be "writing in Unreal" and learning more about the possibilities for their projects.

Selected filmmakers will be paired with an Unreal Engine artist to workshop a two- to three-page scene from one of their feature-length projects currently in development.

Not only this, but filmmakers will receive script notes from Tribeca filmmakers and other accomplished filmmakers, and will present their work for creative feedback.


When is it?

The intensive takes place over a month this fall.

The first portion will educate filmmakers on the use of Unreal Engine remotely over three weeks, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 16. This is considered the program's "pre-workshop curriculum."

Then there will be an in-person portion in New York City, taking place Nov. 16 to 18, 2021. At this time, the filmmakers will work with their paired Unreal artist and workshop their scenes. They will attend panels about films, case studies, and applications of Unreal. A final closed-room event will showcase the completed work for a panel of experts who will provide the filmmakers with feedback and guidance.

Who can apply?

Eligible filmmakers must have made at least one short film or digital series in the role for which they are applying (writer, director, etc.). Selected participants should be a writer/director, or a writing/directing team.

Filmmakers must have a sincere interest in applying virtual production to their future work.

Any filmmakers not in New York City will be required to travel there for the duration of the in-person intensive.

How to apply

Ready to enter? An application link can be found here. 

The application requires a two- to four-page treatment for your feature, the two- to three-page scene you anticipate focusing on during the program, and brief answers to a few questions.

If you are applying with a scripted feature, the full-length script is optional.

If you are applying with a documentary, you are required to provide a sample of current footage.

The application is dueat 11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 20, 2021.

Selected filmmakers will be notified by Oct. 15.

Learn more about Unreal Engine and its partnership with Tribeca here.