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 2021 will most likely take Place in June.

The 5th Berlin International TV SERIES FESTIVAL will celebrate TV Culture and great the newest international tv shows with German & international premieres, specifically its talents, content creators and makers with the BERLIN SERIES Award. Each year, the leading television producers from around the world showcase their programming and compete to be recognized at the BERLIN SERIES Awards Gala with its internationally acclaimed jury.

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 in Berlin, each event will feature in-depth conversation with the creators, the stars of favorite and upcoming tv shows, in-development pitches & talks and Masterclasses.

Tickets for the 2021 edition are on sale now. Long-form storytelling does not only shape a generation, it holds it together as one!

BERLIN SERIES: The Creative Forum & Conference , with great national and international talents and executives.

Enjoy the Official Competition, World & German Premieres, Out of competiton, Retro Pieces and Open Air.

BERLIN SERIES AWARD
- Best Drama Series
- Best Comedy Series
- Outstanding Acting Performance
- Outstanding Writing in a Drama & Comedy
- Outstanding Directing in a Drama
- Honorary Award
- ICON Award

For all "Out of Competition" Premieres & Screenings and other sections read below!
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Pitch-Your-Pilot 2021 | Co-Pro Pitch Forum
More on: https://www.tvseriesfestival.de/pitch-your-pilot-de

Emerging writers with a unique vision and a genuine voice can submit their pilot, and story bible in mentioned categories. If you're a veteran producer or writer and wanting to close your gab financially, our participating productions houses looking for cooperation.

Also as an upcoming talent, who wants to leave his/her mark on the current TV and VOD market with great talent in their craft; the Second Day and pitching contest is for you.


HOW TO:
The Festival requires that the first 2 episodes of your series must be submitted via Fimfreeway for the Official Competition 2021. 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.

KEY DATES SUBMISSION
▪ October 30th, 2020 – Submissions open
▪ March 30th , 2021 Submissions close – all entries must have been completed and received by the festival at this time.

▪ May 20th, 2021 - Official selection announced
▪ June 24th 2021 BERLIN SERIES Awards Ceremony

ELIGIBILITY To be eligible for consideration:
1. You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, episode duration, 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 2020.
5. For series that have already premiered in the Country of Origin, to be eligible for the Official-Competition, the premiere date must have been after December 1st 2020
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EPISODE DURATION:
Drama Series / Comedy Series / Docu Series.

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.

Shorts:
All submitted shorts must not to be longer than 30min minutes in length. The festival will screen the short film including credits. We accept shorts across all genres, from annimation, docu-short to fiction. The rule of our diversity standard in that section applies:

At least one actor/actress from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group must be cast in a significant role.
At least one person of the general ensemble cast must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities).
At least one person of the other departmetns behind the camera must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities).

THE FESTIVAL SECTIONS
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 2021, the festival sections will include the following categories:

IN COMPETITION
Drama Series
Comedy Series
Docu Series

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 2nd 2021. Exceptions for local previews or market screenings in festivals in the country of origin and certain Partner Festivals may be considered.

OUT OF COMPETITION TV SERIES
The series must not have been screened in any German Festival, nor have aired on a streaming service in Germany before June 2nd 2021. 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.

!!! NEW SECTION !!! SHORT FILMS
Power of Diversity: DIVERSITY STANDARDS for more exposure as it must be the NORM! We are showcasing the power of diversity. Projects with underrepresented groups and people in front and behind the camera will be reviewed and selected. The standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of our global population.

RULES:
At least one actor/actress from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group must be cast in a significant role.
At least one person of the general ensemble cast must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities).
At least one person of the other departmetns behind the camera must be from underrepresented groups (women, racial, ethnic, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities).

All independently produced drama & mixed genre SHORTS will be considered. The short Film must not have been screened in any German Festival, nor have aired on a streaming services in Germany before June 2nd 2021. The priority will be given to short movies with diversity standard proof in front & behind the camera. In order to meet the standard, the Short Film must have either at least 1 leadership position or head from underrepresented groups, and at least one actor/actress must be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. The standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of our global population.

Short films that premiered exclusively in their home country, or with exceptions at certain festivals may also be submitted.
Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway only. Links via email will not be considered. All submitters must be 18 + years old.

Focus: "Guest Country"
The series must not have been broadcast on a German free-access television channel before Berlin TV SERIES FESTIVAL and/or screened in any festival in Germany taking place before June 6th, 2021.

CULT & CLASSICS/Retro section & special screenings for FANS.

Animation & Kids Screenings.

AWARDS: Official Competition- The international jury will award:
(SEE ABOVE)

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
The screenings of the selected series will be held at the Cinestar (Kulturbrauerei/Cultural Center) during the festival period in June, 2021 and other theaters (tba). 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-seconds sequence for communications purposes that the festival may use for trailers and promotional clips/videos.

SCREENINGS SUPPORTS
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 May 14th, 2021.

For any question regarding rules and regulations, please send an email to and only: screenings@tvseriesfestival.com

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 series.

„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 series for screening, presentation of awards and promotion.

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Participants of „Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest“ 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.

Overall Rating
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  • Berlin International TV Series Festival is fantastic festival.

    October 2020
  • The Berlin TV Series Festival is basically 2 different events, a well-organized workshop series, where filmmakers have fantastic networking opportunities with network and production executives in a relaxed atmosphere. This alone is worth its weight in gold. There are also numerous screenings for productions "In" and "Out" of competition. Overall, we had a very positive experience at this festival.

    June 2019