2018 Official Pilot Selections

We curate our pilots to only showcase the best. Our creators use their independent spirit and resourcefulness to tell groundbreaking stories on small budgets. Every screening is followed by a Q+A with the creators. 



Screening: Friday, September 7th - 3:00 pM

Moderator: BILL PERSKY

Bill Persky is a 5 time Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer for shows such as the DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, THAT GIRL, SID CAESAR, and KATE AND ALLIE.

A group of Israeli immigrants new to Los Angeles learn the harsh challenges of pursuing the American Dream.

Creator: Jonathan Avigdori

Directors: Jonathan Avigdori, Rani Sa'ar

Producers: Jonathan Avigdori, Rani Sa'ar, Scott Rosenfelt, Asaf Nawi

Cast: Eliana Tidhar, Moris Cohen, Robyn Cohen, Jonathan Avigdori, Yuval Segal, Ido Mor, Lauren Murray

The Russian Cousin

Screening: Friday, September 7th - 7:00 PM


Elisa DiStefano is an entertainment journalist, versatile host, content creator and seasoned, award winning features reporter. With over a decade of experience in live and breaking news, Elisa reports regularly on the red carpet and at celebrity events featuring A-list talent. She covers the Hamptons summer scene extensively with access to exclusive events. Elisa hosts and produces segments featuring everything from food to fashion to personalities as diverse as Julie Andrews to Justin Bieber, Bill Murray to Billy Joel to (a little one on one with) Venus Williams. On-camera adventures range from rappelling down a building, to flying upside down with the Air National Guard Aerobatic Team, to diving with sharks, and (this perhaps the scariest) dancing with the stars.

A young Brooklynite is fully unprepared to host her quirky, sultry, and slightly suspicious cousin visiting from Russia.

Creator: Theresa Rebeck

Director: Theresa Rebeck

Producer: Andrew Carlberg

Cast: Andrea Syglowski, Caroline Parsons, Nikki Massoud

Russian Room

Screening: saturday, September 8th - 4:00 PM


Magdalene Brandeis is a Producer, Novelist, and the Director of the MFA Program in Film. Getting her start in development at Hollywood Pictures and Caravan Pictures, she went on to translate and adapt French films, and to produce television series and pilots for ABC, AMC, Bravo, and MTV.

Struggling to remain on the right side of the law, a Russian family seeks sanctuary in the United States in the 1980s.

Director: Ante Novakovic

Producers: Jen Emma Hertel, Brian Chiusano, Dmitry Shapiro

Writers: Brian Chiusano, Dmitry Shapiro

Cast: Yanina Studilina, Aleksandra Myrna, Gonzalo Vargas, Nikolai Tsankov, Ruslan Verkhovsky

Alive in Denver

Screening: Saturday, September 8th - 7:00 PM

Moderator: RAJ TAWNEY

Raj Tawney is the Director of Publicity at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY and a multi-media journalist/producer with a focus on arts, culture, and entertainment. He has presented at the Museum of Modern Art, Gold Coast International Film Festival, C.W. Post University, and he regularly hosts live Q&As and film discussions at Cinema Arts Centre. Among a range of credits throughout media, Tawney has contributed to The Huffington Post, Zee TV America, Newsday, CPTV, and Miami Herald.

When a meteor fails to wipe out all life on Earth, a group of young twenty-somethings struggle to cope with surviving the End of the World.

Creator: Michael Levin

Director: Matt Kazman

Producers: Amy Kim, Jaime Burke

Cast: Brandon Goodman, Danielle Campbell, Dione Kuraoka, Kirby Blanton, Nathan Kress