SeriesFest, Second City Film School and IFA Chicago are proud to present the 2nd Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Chicago!

This unique 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.

The five writers selected to participate in the Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Chicago will receive complimentary pitch coaching from Working Artist Group, then pitch to a live panel of experts on October 25th in Chicago at Second City during the special event.

One lucky writer will be chosen as the winner and receive cash prize in addition to a badge to SeriesFest Season 10: May 1 - 5, 2024!

- Open to Chicagoland creators
- You must be available to appear in Chicago in person to pitch on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023.
- The project must be an episodic comedic pilot - this is Second City, afterall!

- A video pitch of your unproduced pilot - 5 minutes or less please!
- Pilot scripts with episodes running between 30- 60 minutes (Not to exceed 80 pages in length)
- 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.

To be eligible for the contest, entrants must be aged 18 years or older. Limit one entry per person. Each entry must include only one (1) script. Entries must be written in English. Scripts must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by a third party.

Unregistered submissions will not be reviewed! If you are having trouble with the online form, please e-mail us at and we will be glad to help guide you through the process.

Overall Rating
  • Jordana Lilly

    SeriesFest was hands down the most professional festival our team has come across - stellar communication, organization, quality of panels, events and networking opportunities. The staff was so welcoming, kind and all around awesome, and so was pretty much everyone involved in the festival! They’ve managed to build such a fantastic community, we made so many connections, friends, and future collaborators and had pretty much the most fun weekend ever! They really know how to run a festival, and curate the best vibes!

    July 2022
  • 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's super dry.

    May 2022