The North Fork TV Festival celebrates the craft of television with top industry panels, artist development workshops, networking parties, and highly curated programming. The team behind the festival is dedicated to highlighting the best in independent TV from around the world for well-known industry talent, professionals, and engaged local audiences. The festival has had over 4,000 attendees, 60 million media impressions, and has been consistently featured in Variety Magazine.

This year the festival’s Co-chairs include...
• Talent Agent Roy Ashton (Partner, Head of TV Literary - Gersh)
• Haleigh Raff (Producer, Late Night with Seth Myers)
• Mark Armstrong (Principal Entertainment, LA)

This year, our selection committee will honor 3 projects in the below categories that best reflect the spirit of independent storytelling to celebrate at the 2021 North Fork TV Festival.

-BEST TV PILOT (DRAMA)
-BEST TV PILOT (COMEDY)
-BEST WEB SERIES PILOT

In-person screenings will be determined as the event approaches.

Stars and showrunners in attendance in past festivals include Kelsey Grammer, Chris Noth, Constance Wu, Aasif Mandvi, Bridget Moynahan, Jeremy Sisto, Chris Mcdonald, Abigail Hawk, Julie Klausner, Cat Greenleaf, Aida Turturro, Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling, Sarah Treem (The Affair) and Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws).

This is your chance to get your pilots seen by the people who can give you the opportunity at a series order and a development deal. Don’t miss out - Submit Today!

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PITCH FORUM AND WORKSHOP:

We are also currently accepting script submissions for the North Fork TV Festival’s inaugural year PITCH FORUM. This two-day event will provide curated project and pitch guidance for five emerging creators working on a new television or digital series. Each participating creator will attend the forum with a series concept, treatment and completed pilot screenplay.

The first day will be focused on learning and mentorship, including one-on-ones with mentors, Q&As with experts and pitching training. The second day will center on a live pitch to a curated audience and panel of industry experts, where creators will present their 5-minute series pitch for the panel’s feedback. A SERIES PITCH WINNER will be selected and celebrated.

Two projects will be selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and must feature compelling themes and characters based in science, math and technology. The Gersh Agency will select one project that exemplifies strong character development and great storytelling.

Please apply with your pilot script and with a treatment (2-4 pages) that covers major series arcs and central characters. You can include the treatment in "files and attachments".

This is an opportunity to hone your idea and pitch so you can get your series made. Rules & Eligibility are below - Submit Today!

-BEST TV PILOT (DRAMA)
-BEST TV PILOT (COMEDY)
-BEST WEB SERIES PILOT
-NFTV SERIES PITCH WINNER

TV PILOT/WEB SERIES COMPETITION - Submission Guidelines

(1) Pilots must be in English, subtitled in English.

(2) If your pilot is selected, NFTV may elect to screen it at the 2021 North Fork TV Festival. Creators must provide both a DCP and a Pro-Res export.

(3) In order to screen your pilot, at least one of the creators must be able to attend the 2021 North Fork TV Festival, if possible within COVID-19 safety regulations.

(4) All pilot submissions must be received through FilmFreeway.

(5) All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. All submission fees are nonrefundable.

(6) Creators must also supply: contact details, 5 high res photos for promotional purposes, pilot poster, trailer of the pilot if possible.

(7) All pilots must have opening titles and end credits, without exception.

(8) There is no limit to the number of pilots you may submit.

(9) There is no restriction on the date your pilot was completed.

(10) It is not required that your pilot premiere at the North Fork TV Festival, but please let us know if your pilot will be premiering so that we can celebrate that information with our guests.

(11) All genres are eligible for submission EXCLUDING pilots which depict pornography.

(12) NFTV reserves the right to alter the Festival schedule and venue at any time for any reason. NFTV does not accept any liability for any costs claimed to arise as a result of a change in the scheduling.

(13) By submitting, creators grant NFTV the right to use the submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by creators to communicate to the public in all media, including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote NFTV events, its products, and services, or all.

(14) Creators must represent and warrant that they have all the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions NFTV needs to screen the pilot, and creators must provide evidence of such if requested.

(15) NFTV accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury, or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting the pilot and related events.

(16) The TV Festival does not provide transportation or accommodations to selected creators.

PITCH FORUM AND WORKSHOP - Submission Guidelines

(1) Screenwriter must be 18 or older.

(2) Screenwriter must be an emerging level creator, without significant experience having their work sold and/or produced in the television industry.

(3) Screenwriter must be based in New York City, Long Island, or be able to travel themselves to New York City. Note that local travel will be provided from NYC, or Long Island, to Greenport. The festival will not provide airline flights or international travel. If the winner is selected from out of state or internationally, must comply with all COVID safety requirements at the expense of the participant.

(4) The submitted pilot must not have been produced yet, independently or otherwise.

(5) Pilots must be submitted in English, even if they are intended to be foreign language upon production.

(6) Screenwriting teams may submit, and at least one team member must be able to come in person.

(7) The Pitch Forum will be in-person and take into account the COVID-19 prevention recommendations necessary to be safely produced.

(8) All submissions must be received through FilmFreeway.

(9) All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission fee. All submission fees are nonrefundable.

(10) Creators must also supply: contact details, bio and high res headshot for promotional use.

(11) There is no limit to the number of pilots you may submit.

(12) There is no restriction on the date your pilot was originally written, as long as it has not yet been produced.

(13) All genres are eligible for submission EXCLUDING pilots which depict pornography.

(14) NFTV reserves the right to alter the Festival and Pitch Forum schedule and venue at any time for any reason. NFTV does not accept any liability for any costs claimed to arise as a result of a change in the scheduling.

(15) By submitting, creators grant NFTV the right to use the submission and any other promotional material/photo’s and/or information submitted by creators to communicate to the public in all media, including via our website and publicity materials, or to advertise and promote NFTV events, its products, and services, or all.

(16) NFTV accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury, or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of submitting the pilot and related events.

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  • Thank you for selecting "Abadai". It was great to have its International Premiere at your festival. Looking forward to cooperating with you again.

    November 2020