In 2017, AT&T and the Tribeca Film Festival teamed up to launch a new film initiative, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca that will ensure that diverse storytellers always have a screen to shine on.
Tribeca Film Festival CoFounder and AT & T Chief Content Officer, Fiona Carter poses with the director, producers, and casts of the film Nigerian Prince
AT&T has provided funding of up to $1 million for 1 talented filmmaker to create his or her film, and Tribeca is providing mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T will distribute the winning film across its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW.
Chinaza Uche, Faraday Okoro, and Antonio Bell
Director Faraday Okoro
Last years winner was Faraday Okoro, and for the 2018 festival, he revealed his film entitled Nigerian Prince. The film premiered at the Cinepolis Theater on April 24, 2018. The director walked the red carpet along with the executives from AT & T. Also, in attendance were the actors and the producers from the film.
Actors Antonio J. Bell and Chinaza Uche
Nigerian Prince follows two characters; Eze, a stubborn, first-generation Nigerian-American teenager and his cousin, Pius, who is a desperate Nigerian Prince scammer. After Eze’s mother sends him to Nigeria against his will, Eze retaliates by teaming up with Pius to scam unsuspecting foreigners in order to earn money for a return ticket back to America.
AT & T Chief Content Officer, Fiona Carter and Nigerian Prince director, Faraday Okoro
Next year, the winner chosen for the 2018 film festival will have the premiere of their film. This is an amazing program from AT & T that gives new filmmakers the chance to show their work.