SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling. With year-round educational programs, initiatives supporting underserved voices, and professional development opportunities, SeriesFest inspires, educates, and connects a worldwide community of creators.
Each June, SeriesFest culminates in a highly-curated and celebrated Denver-based festival and marketplace. Dedicated to showcasing innovative episodic content, the annual festival also includes a musical performance and network screening at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre, in-competition independent pilot screenings, panels, workshops, live reads, parties and network television premieres.
All submissions are required to go through FilmFreeway
Unregistered submissions will not be viewed! If you are having trouble with the online form, please e-mail us at Submissions@seriesfest.com and we will be glad to help guide you through the process.
SERIES FORMAT DECK
All submissions must also Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments”
An effective Series Format Deck introduces your project in a visually exciting and emotionally powerful way. It captures the reader’s imagination, allowing them to see the full scope of the series and embrace the characters.
The Series Format Deck should be no longer than 15 pages and include the following:
Season One Outline
Main Character Descriptions (Up to 5)
Tone of your series (can including no more than 2 comps)
Goals for your Series
A Creator Statement which includes Why This Idea, Why Me, and Why Now?
**If your submission is selected for final programming you will be required to submit a full pilot script and more detailed Series Format Deck so that SeriesFest can maximize your experience at the festival in June. Full details will be sent to submissions selected for SeriesFest: Season 6 in an acceptance email April 2020.
**Note submission materials are unique to this competition**
Pitch Video: 3-5 minute video submission of Creator(s) pitching their project.
Completed and Signed Application Form via FilmFreeway
Must also include a 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. (See Full Guidelines Below)
All pilots must be submitted via FilmFreeways’’s Secure Online Screener system. We cannot accept any other digital download or streaming links at this time.
Pilots selected do not need to retain any sort of premiere status, and are allowed to have screened at up to two other festivals before SeriesFest. However, if your pilot has been released via any home video outlet, broadcast on television, or had a ticketed public theatrical exhibition anywhere in the USA, it is not eligible for this festival. Submissions are welcome from around the world, but foreign language pilots must have English subtitles.
We encourage content creators of all ages to submit their work. All submitted pilots will compete against each other. If you are under the age of 18 and your pilot is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your parent or legal guardian before we are able to screen your pilot.
NUMBER OF PILOTS ELIGIBLE
You may submit as many pilots as you'd like. Upon doing so, you will fill out individual applications for multiple pilots. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions.
Unfinished versions of the pilot with incomplete or temporary sound, no credits or titles, unfinished effects, etc. can be submitted. However, it does need to be complete enough for us to be able to make a decision. Whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing elements as placeholders within the continuity of the pilot. Temp tracks, scratch music, and temp scores are perfectly fine for your submission, but please include a list of missing or temporary elements directly on-screen before the pilot begins. If your pilot is selected, you must send us a complete, final exhibition copy before we screen it at the festival, as we do no exhibit works in progress at the festival.
RIGHTS AND CLEARANCES FOR MUSIC OR OTHER COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL
At the time of submission, you are not yet required to obtain all rights and clearances.
If your pilot is selected, you must clear all copyrighted materials before it can be publicly screened. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festivals, so you should contact them directly to avoid any potential rights infringements. You will be required to sign a release stating that materials used in the pilot do not violate any existing copyright.
We will contact you via e-mail during the month of April 2020.. Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you’ve filled out the application, please log into your account and update it. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification. If you haven’t heard from us by June 1st, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an official notification.
Please make sure to add email@example.com to the your SPAM account settings as SAFE SENDER LIST.
• If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:
(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you:
• Accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at SeriesFest
• Warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your pilot at SeriesFest
Indemnify and hold harmless SeriesFest, LLC, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at SeriesFest.
• Agree to participate in a reasonable number of customary promotional and publicity activities [including press junkets, telephone interviews, sending press packages, and public appearances to promote the SeriesFest
(2) You must deliver to the address designated by the Festival two exhibition copies of your invited work
(3) You must provide a properly completed and signed official SeriesFest “Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”
(4) You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed pilot for Festival archives and internal purposes. We accept pilots in digital video on HDCAM and DCP along with DVDs and Blue-Rays. If your pilot is accepted, we will provide you with the most up-to-date exhibition specs.
The official judging panel, consisting of individuals selected by the SeriesFest, at its sole discretion, will make a number of official selections (the “Official Selections”) from all eligible entries received. The judging will be based on the following criteria:
Originality and creativity
Overall quality of all elements & aspects of the production of each entry, including, without limitation, writing, acting, directing, editing, etc.
Adherence to and appropriateness for a particular format or type of program
The ability to develop story through a first season and thorough drafting of the arc.
The following awards for the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series and Late Night competitions are determined by juries composed of television executives and celebrities:
Independent Pilot Competition Awards:
Best Pilot Award for Drama, Comedy, and Unscripted category
Best Actor *
Best Actress *
Best Director *
***This prize is shared with other categories. Best of Late Night Award Best of Digital Short Series Award
Audience Choice Award
Our audiences will be voting on their favorite pilots in the Independent and Digital Short Series categories!