EVERY STORY STARTS WITH
"ONCE UPON A TIME"
And we are on a mission to level UP the playing field in the global film industry
What up with ouatup?
OUATUP is the world’s first incubator and accelerator program aimed to democratize filmmaking and storytelling. Inspired by and modeled after a startup accelerator, we are on a mission to discover, accelerate, and showcase the next generation of innovative multimedia content ideas and concepts.
The untold story
The disruption of the film industry
The pandemic has dealt a terrible blow to the creative economy industries — including film, television, music, and fashion which generate annual revenues of $2.25 trillion and employ more than 30 million people globally. Meanwhile, technology advancements, such as blockchain, NFTs, streaming, etc, are democratizing both the production and distribution of content.
The Metaverse or Virtual reality might be considered the ‘it’ storytelling medium of the future but there’s one tool that we haven’t even fully tapped into yet and it’s (probably) what you’re reading this on right now: your smartphone.
The options available to us through our smartphones are limitless and especially with the advancement of 5G and other related technologies. From documenting the breaking news to the impromptu breakdancing, our phones have especially revolutionized what accountability and accessibility looks like and empowered the average person to capture their surroundings.
But what about narrative storytelling? The smartphone is paving the way for a new breed of filmmakers, who either can’t afford expensive film equipment or just dig the ease of pointing and filming with their phones. This hurdle is even more acute in the developing world. Every person itching to tell a good story probably doesn’t have the budget for all the bells and whistles that come with a slick Hollywood production.
Smartphones are a game-changer in the world of film and content creation. In an age where entire features have been shot on iPhones, it is clear that the device in our pockets is a powerful tool for global creatives or filmmakers to unleash their potential.
Everystory starts with “once upon a time”
Seeding a story
MISSION: to equip bold creatives—no matter their background— bring their untold stories to life.
VISION: a world where anyone on earth could tell a story to a global audience.
PROGRAM: We are singularly focused to bring untold and diverse stories into life. We surround creatives and storytellers with the best mentors and an unrivaled network of filmmakers, executives, thought leaders, and studio partners.
We provide our creatives with:
- Access to financial, human, and intellectual capital
- Lifetime access to our worldwide network
- Access to technology and IP protection
- Exposure to film festivals, streaming platforms, and global studios.
Diversity & Inclusion
Creating “Happily Ever After”
We know that Hollywood and the global entertainment industry are inherently flawed when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity.
As both a storytelling accelerator and film festival, we’re in a unique position to influence the future of filmmaking and storytelling. We’re committed to doing our part from our corner of the world by increasing diversity within our team, our mentor network, our support practices, our program content, and our community at large.
We aim to provide a multimedia platform to the underrepresented creative and storytelling community to document and produce their own stories in the most accessible way. We work with high-potential creatives who represent the new majority. The program will also focus on skills training and career advancement with a goal to foster and broaden the talent pool that is needed to tell impactful stories that could change the world.