About Events Partners Press Resources Join Members Blog Donate

Home Page
Calendar of Events
Member Center

Congratulations to NYWIFT Members Selected for NYTVF!

NYWIFT members Stephanie Bencin, Cheryl Davis, Graceann Dorse, and Davina Roberts, Mae Smith have all been recognized by the New York Television Festival. Bencin, Davis, Dorse, and Roberts each have projects that have been selected to be showcased at the New York Television Festival to take place in Manhattan October 23-25 of this year. The festival brings industry executives and writers/creators together for opportunities for funding and development. This year’s NYTVF Scripts Official Selections join the 52 Officially-Selected pilots and series in the Festival's Independent Pilot Competition (IPC).

Stephanie Bencin's television script, entitled Sliding Dorks, is about best friends Meg and Jackie, who, after a drunken mishap, have to jump from parallel universe to parallel universe as they attempt to get home, meeting different versions of themselves along the way. 

Cheryl Davis is the writer of Swimming Uptown, which is about an educated and affluent African-American woman who must take in her ghetto-raised niece when her sister is put in jail. 

Graceann Dorse, the creator of Benefits with Friends, which tells the story of when Wendy gets diagnosed with cancer and loses her health insurance, Tina saves the day by agreeing to marry her, in this all-too-topical millennial comedy. However, Wendy doesn’t bargain for a major rift with her BFF Jillian. While her life is saved, will their friendship flatline?

Dafina Roberts is the creator of Giving Me Life (In the Land of the Deadass), a story about six Black and Latinx friends of diverse sexualities struggling to live and love in New York.

The work of these NYWIFT members will be showcased along with other selections at the New York Television Festival, where they will have the chance to receive a development deal from one of the NYTVF’s Development Partners – networks and studios which have guaranteed they will offer at least one deal to independent artists this year. These independent artists also have exclusive access to the NYTVF’s industry partners through the NYTVF Connect marketplace, which includes opportunities to meet, network and pitch some of the top network and studio executives in the business.

Scripts selections will also compete in a variety of categories for awards (including “Best Comedy” and “Best Drama”) chosen by a jury comprised of the NYTVF screening committee and the emerging television executives selected for the NYTVF-HRTS Associates Jury.

Mae Smith has been selected as a Made in NY Writers Room Fellow, and will have the opportunity to participate in the festival as Official Artists. 

The Made in NY Writers Room fellowship program supports professional writers of diverse backgrounds in New York City, and aims to increase the number of television productions written and produced in New York. The fellows will enjoy access to the NYTVF Connect series, including network and studio development chats, networking events, and the 2017 Writers’ Workshop during the New York Television Festival this fall.

To find out more about the NYTVF, click here!


Join the conversation on Twitter: #nywift | @nywift

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts