~ Event Details ~

Stareable Fest is a three day celebration of excellence in independent television, July 20-22, 2018 in Tribeca NYC, brought to you by the largest community of web series creators, Stareable.com.

Stareable Fest is half industry marketplace, creating face-to-face connections between independent filmmakers and decision makers at major platforms, and half creator convention, with workshops and panels about how to be a more effective filmmaker. This isn’t the same old festival, focused on screenings and awards (though we have those). We have:

* HBO sponsoring our pitch competition, which will also feature a judge from Comedy Central and the head of development at PBS Digital
* A keynote from Bernie Su of Pemberley Digital, the Emmy-winning creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved
* The stars of IFC's new sitcom Frank & Lamar participating on a panel
Patreon presenting about the future of online monetization
* Executives from Vice, Bustle, and OATH talking about how we can make TV a more representative medium

More details here: http://festival.stareable.com

Short Comedy
Short Drama
90 second pitch

Comedy and drama series are series with episodes (on average) over 10 minutes long. You may submit as many episodes as you wish.

Short comedy and drama series are series where the average episode is less than 10 minutes in length. For this category you must submit at least three episodes that total more than 5 minutes in combined length.

90 second pitch can feature a single filmmaker or a filmmaking team of two. You may not use footage from previous shows or from the show that you are pitching (if it has already been filmed in part or to completion)- it can only be you or you and a partner pitching your concept directly into camera in one continuous shot.

Awards for:
Best of
Innovation in storytelling, i.e. new media (interactive/transmedia) elements (https://blog.stareable.com/new-media-elements-at-stareable-fest-7bd880d2b6b7)

All submissions will be considered for meetings with industry executives.

We only accept streaming, episodic, and English-language (or subtitled) shows.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Heath

    I had a wonderful time at Stareable Fest! The programming was excellent, entertaining, and educational. Everything was well-organized and fun! I look forward to Year Two!

    July 2018
  • Lisa Ebersole

    Best panels I've been to at a web series festival. Great networking, really fun pitch competition!

    July 2018
  • Pablo Andreu

    I had a fantastic time at the Stareable screening. The organizers really care about the experience for creators, and it shows in the final product. The work screened was well curated, and the networking that followed was casual but productive. Highly recommend.

    June 2017
  • Ted Limpert

    This was an awesome screening! Really great to see my series on the big screen, AND have the ability to network with other creators. Stareable is #1!

    June 2017
  • Had a great time! It's wonderful to meet other creators, fans, the whole Stareable community. Thank you!

    May 2017