Calling all TV fans in Europe, the Berlin International TV SERIES FESTIVAL is in the third season and back on the big screen bringing audiences together to discover new series and be the first to see favorite new season premieres in Germany´s capital. It´s also the hot spot during summer for all executives and talents to discuss future projects, to network on the campus in the city center, and be part of our exclusive events.

The 2019 edition will take place June 12 – 16.

The 3rd Berlin International TV SERIES FESTIVAL will celebrate TV Culture and great Storytelling, and specifically its talents with the Berlin TV AWARD. The industry has remarkable storytellers, astonishing excellence that has shaped what ‘peak TV’ is today and introduce new voices in episodic storytelling. Over five days at around the Rosa-Luxemburg Str. in Berlin, each event will feature a conversation with the creators, the stars of favorite and upcoming tv shows.

Join us, our Conference, and multi-day Masterclasses. Tickets are on sale now.

Long-form storytelling does not only shape a generation, it holds it together as one. This is one of many reasons why we are celebrating serial narrative, and its power with the TV DRAMA SEMINAR - taught by one of Hollywood´s Story Authorites, John Truby and an Intensive Acting Seminar and Masterclass on directing with 2 times Oscar winning writer/director Paul Haggis.

Our 2 day TV-TALK Conference + mini workshops: June 13-14, 2019, with great national and international talents and executives.

Enjoy the German Premieres.

- Best Series
- Outstanding Performance
- Best Screenplay
- TV Excellence

For all "Out of Competition" Premieres & Screenings, please submit your pilot!

Pitch-Your-Pilot 2019 | Screenplay Contest
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Emerging writers with a unique vision and a genuine voice can submit their pilot, and story bible in mentioned categories. Whether you're a veteran writer wanting to explore new paths in storytelling and genre mixes, or an upcoming talent, who wants to leave his/her mark on the current TV and VOD market with great talent in their craft; this contest is for you.

The Festival requires that the first 2 episodes of your series must be submitted via Fimfreeway. Links must remain active and accessible until at least April 10th, 2019. This streaming link must include a downloadable version of both episodes. Please prepare this link. Note: Submissions may be work-in-progress form; however, episodes that are not final cuts must be clearly labeled Work in Progress (“WIP”) or Rough Cut with an indication of what will change or what is missing in writing.

▪ December 10th, 2018 – Submissions open
▪ March 31th, 2019 – Submissions close – all entries must have been completed and received by the festival at this time
▪ May 7th, 2019– Official selection announced
▪ June 12th 2019 – Berlin TV SERIES AWARD

ELIGIBILITY To be eligible for consideration:
1. You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, episode durations, entry material and other requirements.
2. Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time of submission (except for series in the German language). Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
3. The series must have a minimum of a “German Premiere status”.
4. All series must have been produced in 2018 or 2019.
5. For series that have already premiered to be eligible for the OFF-Competition, Next Selection, Comedy Corner, FOCUS:"Guest Country" , the premiere date must have been after December 7th 2018.

Drama/Comedy Series
All submitted series must consist of episodes intended to be at least 25 minutes in length. The festival will screen the first 2 episodes for series that exceed 40 minutes of length per episode, including credits. For series that run under 40 minutes, including credits, the festival will screen the first 3 episodes. Not longer than 1 hour, including credits.

Series invited to participate in the Berlin International TV SERIES FESTIVAL will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by festival programmers and is up to their sole discretion. In 2019, the festival sections will include the following categories:

Official Competition World Premieres section: the series must not have been screened in any international festival nor have been broadcast in their country of origin before June 16th, 2019. Exceptions for local previews or market screenings in festivals in the country of origin and Partner Festivals may be considered.

The series must not have been screened in any German or international festival, nor have aired on a streaming service in Germany before June 16th, 2019. The priority will be given to World premieres, but series that premiered exclusively in their home country, or with certain exceptions at certain series festivals may also be submitted.

Focus: "Guest Country"
The series must not have been broadcast on a German free-access television channel before TV SERIES FESTIVAL and/or screened in any festival in Germany taking place before June 16th, 2019.

Comedy Corner
The series must not have been broadcast on a German free-access television channel before TV SERIES FESTIVAL and/or screened in any festival in Germany taking place before June 16th, 2019.

CULT & CLASSICS section & special screenings

AWARDS Official Competition An international jury will award:
- The Best Series - Best Screenplay - Outstanding Performance - TV EXCELLENCE Honorary Award
- Youth Jury Award. Young professionals jury will reward their favorite series among the In Competition & Out of Competition category.

The screenings of the selected series will be held at the Babylon and Cinestar (Kulturbrauerei/Cultural Center) between June 12th and June 16th, 2019. The festival is a non-profit event and admissions to screenings are entirely free. The screenings will be presented by a specialist, a representative of the series, or a member of the festival programming team and can sometimes be followed by a Q&A session.

The festival reserves the right to communicate on the selection ahead of the festival. The synopsis for each series will be written internally by the festival’s team. The right’s holders will be required to submit a 60-second sequence for communications purposes that the festival may use for trailers and promotional clips/videos.

Public screenings: all the series will be screened in High Definition, in its original version with English or German subtitles. The right’s holders should provide the festival high definition supports in their original language and with English subtitles. The deadline to provide the required material is April 30th, 2019.

For any question regarding rules and regulations, please send an email to: For drama series only:

All independently produced drama & mixed genres series will be considered.
Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway only. All submitters must be 18 + years old. The entry fees are not refundable and do not guarantee a placement in our festival screening schedule.

Additional Info Out of Competition Program:
Every series may participate, no matter when it was created or distributed.
At least two episodes have to be completed at the time of submission to qualify as a series. If only one episode exists, you are not allowed to submit your series, as it is non eligible. All submissions must contain english subtitles if the original is in a different language. The running time of each individual Series episode should not exceed 60 minutes. The episodes to be screened will be selected by the festival team. For each series we can only guarantee 60 minutes of screening time. The submission must contain full episodes. Trailers are not allowed. Each applicant may submit more than one series, but not more than two. They must be submitted separately.

All festival selection, nomination and award decisions made by the festival team and the international jury are final.

All submission must be the intellectual property of the submitter, or submitters must have permission for use of all content rights including music contained in their Docu-Series.

Proxy submissions are not allowed.

„Berlin International TV SERIES FESTIVAL & markdreesen Entertainment UG“ reserve the rights to use submitted content (including name, logo, posters and video clips) of the selected docu-series for screening, presentation of awards and promotion.

Participants of „Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest“ and Documentary Submissions agree to not hold the festival, its employees, directors and representatives responsible for any losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the contest and event or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize.