SeriesFest, a 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.

At the heart of its mission, SeriesFest champions and empowers artists in episodic storytelling to share their stories on a global scale. 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.

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Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship -- a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. The Women Directing Mentorship is anchored with the prestigious opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series and a $5,000 stipend to use during the duration of their mentorship. The recipient of the inaugural mentorship, Rachel Myers, shadowed director Tessa Blake on Episode 306, “Ice Ice Baby” of the Shondaland series, Station 19 (ABC).

About Shondaland
Shondaland is the pioneering storytelling company founded by award-winning writer and producer Shonda Rhimes. The company is rooted in the ideals of creating content that changes culture, changes perceptions and writes the future. Shondaland has an exclusive partnership with Netflix where it produces streaming content for the media company, including record-breaking series “Bridgerton,” “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, and upcoming series “Inventing Anna” and “Notes on Love.” In recent years the company has expanded to produce content beyond television and streaming. In 2017, Shondaland launched the editorial website Shondaland.com. In partnership with Hearst Digital Media, the website features empowering and inspirational stories as well as first person essays and culture coverage. In 2019, Shondaland Audio was created in partnership with iHeart Radio. Comprised of both scripted and unscripted content, Shondaland Audio is the home for entertaining, inclusive and informative podcasts. Shondaland was launched in 2005 with the groundbreaking series “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The winner shadows a director on one episode of a Shondaland original series. The mentorship will include shadowing the director during pre-production, shooting and post-production for a duration of up to three weeks depending on the episode schedule. The winner will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations, but will receive a $5,000 stipend to assist with these costs. While we will do our best to work within the winner’s schedule, the episode chosen is at the sole discretion of Shondaland.

APPLICATION
All submissions are required to go through FilmFreeway

ENTRY MATERIALS AND GUIDELINES:

Personal Introduction Video: Uploaded as the "film", the Personal Introduction Video is a 3-5 minute video introducing yourself, your unique voice and style, and why you think you're the right fit for the Women Directing Mentorship. Be creative!

Reel: Uploaded as the "trailer", a Reel under 15-minutes or short film showcasing your directing work. This reel can include student work.

CV/Resume

Completed and Signed Application Form via FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway Entry Fee

ELIGIBILITY
To qualify, you must have 3 years professional experience (that can be in any professional role not just Director) and can have directed shorts and up to 2 features. If you have previously been a Director on a Network Series, you are ineligible to participate. Must be 21+ years of age.

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.

FINDING OUT
We will contact you via e-mail during the month of November 2021. 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 December 1st, 2021 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.

FINAL 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:
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

JUDGING
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