SeriesFest’s Pitch-A-Thon is on the road to Toronto! The program provides independent content creators with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media, and digital executives in hopes of moving their unproduced projects forward.

In partnership with Royal Bank of Canada, the live event will be held in Toronto at a TBD date between September 9-12 and will give writers a platform to take their projects to the next level.

The winning pitch, chosen by the panel of experts, will receive:

-Badge to SeriesFest Season 9
-One-on-one mentorship meeting with an industry professional to further project development
-$2,500 cash prize!

Writers submit their unproduced episodic projects to participate in this unique opportunity and 5-6 writers are selected to pitch their new series ideas to a live panel of industry experts. Once selected to pitch, writers receive coaching from Working Artist Group to refine their pitch (virtually prior to the event and at an in-person workshop on the day of the event). All writers will get to watch the pitches and feedback live, providing an exciting educational opportunity for everyone.

SUBMISSIONS:
Submissions for Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Toronto open June 1, 2022. Please carefully review the deadlines, material requirements, and guidelines listed below. Fill out your applications and email us at info@seriesfest.com with any questions.

ELIGIBILITY:
Projects must meet the following requirements:

-The project must be an episodic pilot (no feature films!)
-Must be available to appear in-person in Toronto for the event. Exact date and time is TBD, but will be between September 9-12, 2022.
-Two nights hotel accommodation and airfare (up to $400) will be provided for final selections.
**Please note: Given the ever-changing COVID landscape, the event may change to a virtual live stream if participant and audience safety is of concern.

ENTRY MATERIALS :
-Submission Video
-3-5 minute video submission of creator(s) pitching their project
-Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments”. The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.
-Pilot Script
-Entry Fee via FilmFreeway

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  • Jeremiah Dunlap

    Amazing festival, especially if you are submitting an episodic pilot. Filmmakers are so well taken care of, and the value for the artist pass was the best we’ve seen in the festival circuit. The panels and premieres were all top industry professionals, and the whole festival was incredibly well organized and scheduled. We made lots of connections, and Seriesfest was an amazing opportunity for us. We hope we get the chance to come back!

    June 2022
  • Cronin Cullen

    SeriesFest is a phenomenal festival and experience. While independent television is gaining some traction and has a more public venue for up and coming artists to be seen, SeriesFest has mastered this art and forum. Their content curation was inspiring, the panels were informative and the setting is intimate and incredibly fun. Our entire team created new friendships. potential partnerships and access to and feedback from the industry in a way beyond our expectations. I can not wait to create more work and get back to Denver next year!

    May 2022
  • John Trefry

    I've been to many festivals and was completely blown away by SeriesFest. From the programming and panel discussions to the projects we screened alongside, it was excellent. For anyone who is interested in episodic, this is one of the "must visit" festivals that you need to attend. It's also worth noting that the hospitality side of SeriesFest is top-notch, with great parties and events, including a concert at the world-famous Red Rocks venue! Honestly can't say enough great things about the festival and the amazing staff who are truly committed to providing a valuable experience for creators, guests and audiences.

    May 2022
  • Elaine Del Valle

    This festival is phenomenal. It's intimate and high powered. It's contained in a perfect setting with terrific panels and a dedicated team that makes you feel seen and heard. Even if industry was not in my theater, they all seemed to know the work. Denver is magnificent and so is the hotel. Everything is back to back, so there is little downtime, so bring Protein bars. Excellent hospitality, filmmaker Q & A's, Panels, Setting. Films played great. Guests were exciting experts in their field. Filmmakers felt like a community. I made friends. It has a very heartfelt touch to it as well and I sincerely congratulate the vision and execution of this gem of a festival meant to help indie filmmakers break into TV! You also get to really experience Denver. The Red Rocks Concert was magnificent. The only thing that could have made it better is if they did not have competing events. While giving guests more to choose from, It made it harder for some film blocks to be as seen as much as others...making uneven playing field for the audience award. Highly recommend this event and the leaders that put this amazing filmmaker opportunity together. PS Tip for Denver travel--Bring a humidifier...it's super dry.

    May 2022
  • Ebony Blanding

    I'm still in the clouds from this festival experience and beyond grateful for the intention, heart and resources put into the curation of SeriesFest!

    May 2022