2019 official pilot selections


We are proud to highlight a diverse group of creators from around the world who are telling compelling stories in every genre with unique voices and perspectives. Our final pilot selections represent the very best of independent television in every genre.

Individual pilot tickets are now available for purchase.



friday, October 4  |  3 pm 

Ups and Downs

Director: Eoin Cleland
Writer: Eoin Cleland
Starring: James Martin, Rosie Barry + Susan Lynch

*U.S. Premiere* A young man with Down syndrome tricks his sister into a road trip to go to a concert while being pursued by their mum. With no phones, no money, and no plan, can they make it?

There will be a post-screening Q+A moderated by jury member David Greenwalt.



friday, October 4 | 7 pm


Written by: Maxwell Pitagno
Directed + Produced by: Elias Plagianos, NFTV Festival Director of Programming

We are proud to premiere the pilot for emerging author Maxwell Pitagno for his script ‘Distemper’, winner of the Science + Technology Script Competition. ‘Distemper’ tells the true story of pathologist and LGBT icon Louise Pearce as she works to find a cure for African Trypanosomiasis as it infects millions across the Belgian Congo.

There will be a post-screening Q+A moderated by News 12’s Elisa DiStefano.



Saturday, October 5 | 1:30 pm

Rainbow Ruthie

Directed + Written by: Ruth Marantz
Starring: Ruth Marantz, Ayumi Patterson, Abraham Makany + Alexis Bronkovic

An ex–teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.

 There will be a post-screening Q+A moderated by jury member Theresa Rebeck.



saturday, October 5  |  4 pm


Directed, Written + Starring: Alexander Etseyatse
Written + Directed by: Alexander Etseyatse
Producers: Ebony Lewis + Lily Johnson
Starring: Alexander Etseyatse, Dwinsley Homere, Keithen Hergott, Murray Adams, Brian Hibbler, and Jenelle Simone

A young, calm, and mentally unstable man attempts to convince his new buddy that they don’t belong at a psych ward by inciting an uprising while trying to win back the affection of his ex-fiancée and daughter.

There will be a post-screening Q+A moderated by jury member David Feige.



Saturday, October 5 | 7 pm


Director: Javier Devitt
Writers: Mateo Ingouville + Ezequiel Schmoller
Starring: Alena Chinault, Jon McCormick, Marcelo Melingo, Heinz K. Krattiger + Juan Alari

Diane and Tim, a young American couple, give up their search for Tim’s father in Patagonia only to encounter a local conman, Alejandro, who lures them back into their journey. As the three travel deeper into the woods, mysteries abound and the forest plays tricks. Each is searching for something — and ultimately discovering much more. They may be hunting a man. But what’s hunting them?

There will be a post-screening Q+A moderated by jury member Rockne S. O’Bannon.




world premier | Friday, October 4  |  1 PM


Written + Directed by: PJ Posner 

What happens when a neuroscientist who’s devoted her entire career to proving you can never believe your own eyes witnesses a murder?

There will be a post-screening award presentation presented by Supermodel, Entrepreneur, Executive Producer and TV Host Frederique van der Wal.


2019 official pilot selections