SeriesFest, non-profit organization, champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences.

SeriesFest proudly presents year-round opportunities for creators to connect, collaborate, hone their craft and learn from established industry professionals to move their projects - and careers - forward.

Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series, and Late Night:
Best Pilot Award for Drama, Comedy, and Unscripted category **
Best Performance
Best Director
Best Writer
Best of Late Night Award
Best of Digital Short Series Award

Audience Choice Award for Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, and Late Night competitions

Pitch-A-Thon! Winner
Winner is decided by a panel of experts following the live event. Official selections for the Pitch-A-Thon will also be eligible to be selected for a Writers Room with Unreal Media. One pitch will be selected to participate in a three-day workshop and month-long follow-up led by Unreal Media with the goal of producing pitch-ready scripted episodic content.

Level Forward Impact Award

** “Best of” category winners in the Independent Pilot Competition will be awarded $2.5k of in-kind post production services from Company3 to be applied to their episodic project. In-kind support may be used for current or forthcoming creative projects within two years from the close of the 2023 festival (prior to May 10, 2025), excluding commercial work.

APPLICATION
All submissions are required to go through FilmFreeway

Unsubmitted entries will not be viewed! If you are having trouble with the online form, please e-mail us at info@seriesfest.com and we will be glad to help guide you through the process.

COMPLETION DATE ELIGIBILITY
Any submitted produced pilot must have completed production no earlier than December 2020.

SERIES FORMAT DECK
All submissions must 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 must be submitted in English.

The Series Format Deck should be no longer than 15 pages and include the following:
Log Line
Pilot Synopsis
Season One Outline
Main Character Descriptions (Up to 5)
For unscripted pilots, key onscreen subjects/talent
Tone of your series (can include no more than 2 comparisons)
Producing Team
Key Creatives
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 more information regarding your pilot, cast, and crew so SeriesFest can maximize your experience with executives at the Festival in May. Full details will be sent to submissions selected for SeriesFest: Season 9 in an acceptance email early April 2023.

PILOT FORMATS
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. Submissions are welcome from around the world, but submissions must be in English or include English subtitles.

PREMIERE STATUS
World Premiere status is preferred, however, pilots selected do not need to retain any sort of premiere status. Programmers do consider premiere status, previous festival screenings, and awards when deciding on official competition selections. If your pilot or series has been released via any home video outlet, broadcast on television, publicly available to stream, or had a ticketed public theatrical exhibition anywhere in the USA, it is not eligible for this festival.

AGE
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. Collegiate students are encouraged to submit to the collegiate competitions. Collegiate entries not entered into the collegiate competitions are still eligible to screen in the collegiate spotlight.

NUMBER OF PILOTS ELIGIBLE
You may submit as many pilots as you would like. You must fill out individual applications for multiple pilots. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions.

WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Unfinished versions of the pilot with incomplete or temporary sound, no credits or titles, unfinished effects, etc. can be submitted for Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, and Late Night Competitions. 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 only exhibit work in progress pilots at the festival through the Pilots in Progress competition.

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 before the festival exhibition.

SELECTION NOTIFICATIONS
We will contact you via email in early April 2023. 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 April 8th, please contact us at info@seriesfest.com for an official notification.
Please make sure to add info@seriesfest.com to your SPAM account settings as SAFE SENDER LIST.

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
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) If selected for exhibition at SeriesFest, you will receive a letter with deliverable requirements of your media.

(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”

JUDGING
The official judging panel, consisting of individuals selected by 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 awards are determined by juries composed of television executives and celebrities.

Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series, and Late Night:
Best Pilot Award for Drama, Comedy, and Unscripted category
Best Performance
Best Director
Best Writer
Best of Late Night Award
Best of Digital Short Series Award

Audience Choice Award for Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, and Late Night competitions

Pitch-A-Thon! Winner
Winner is decided by a panel of experts following the live event.
Official selections for the Pitch-A-Thon will also be eligible to be selected for a Writers Room with Unreal Media. One pitch will be selected to participate in a three-day workshop and month-long follow-up led by Unreal Media with the goal of producing pitch-ready scripted episodic content.

EXHIBITION
Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Late Night, and Pilots in Progress official selections will be screened once in Denver during SeriesFest: Season 9 (May 5-10, 2023) at the Sie Film Center.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Jennifer Morris

    Working with SeriesFest was an absolute joy! Although the festival was virtual, they still went out of their way to make it a robust experience both artistically and professionally. We were able to connect with both industry professionals and other creators. What an AMAZING experience. Highly recommend this festival. Hope to be able to attend one day in person!

    September 2021
  • Peter Feeney

    Series Fest Season 7 was everything I could have hoped for: intelligent, expert curatorship, friendly and professional help and stewardship, actual and practical industry introductions, with encouragement and value at every turn. A lot of Festivals are trying to make a splash - this one empties the pool. Thank you SO much.

    July 2021
  • SeriesFest Season 7 was wonderful! Everyone running the festival was so lovely and helpful in making sure all of our necessary materials were submitted in time. They did a great job going virtual, and we were so excited to win two of the audience choice awards. Thanks for a great time SeriesFest!

    July 2021
  • Great festival to get your project into. Really nice group of people. Thanks, guys!

    July 2021
  • SeriesFest Season 7 blew away all of our team’s expectations. It was handled and organized with such care and everything was streamlined in the most optimal fashion. We participated in panels, round table discussions, virtual cocktail parties and much more! I will definitely be submitting something next year in hopes to get back to SeriesFest! Bravo to everyone on the SeriesFest team from the top on down. - Jal Michael / Creator, River City

    July 2021