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Official mentorship partner of the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences.
Catalyst champions narrative and episodic storytellers of all career levels. Our year-round institute program and annual festival event support artists as they develop their stories and advance their careers. Catalyst lowers the barriers between creators, producers, and the industry.
Institute events are held year-round both virtually and in-person in various locations.
The annual Catalyst Content Festival is held in Duluth, Minnesota along the idyllic shores of Lake Superior.
The festival accepts narrative/episodic/serialized content of any genre, length, style, and type: comedy, drama, thriller, scripted, unscripted, documentary, limited series, social media, short form, podcast, reality, animation, kids, etc. Projects can have any number of episodes and be in any stage of development: pitch, script, in-production, post-production, or completed produced video. Projects with an average runtime of 15 minutes or less per episode will be considered "short form".
IMPORTANT: Catalyst does not accept feature films.
Awards are given in categories where outstanding talent and works are achieved. Not all categories are awarded in all years. Previously awarded categories include:
Best of Festival
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Short Comedy Series
Outstanding Short Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Outstanding Drama Actress
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Outstanding Drama Actor
Outstanding Animated Series
Outstanding Minnesota Series
Outstanding International Series
Outstanding Reality Series
Outstanding Social Media Series
Outstanding Kids Series
Outstanding Gaming Series
Outstanding VR Series
Outstanding AR Series
SCRIPTS ONLY (NOT PRODUCED VIDEO)
Outstanding Comedy Script
Outstanding Drama Script
Outstanding Thriller Script
Outstanding Kids Script
Outstanding Table Read
PITCHES ONLY (NOT PRODUCED VIDEO)
Outstanding Comedy Pitch
Outstanding Drama Pitch
Outstanding Reality Pitch
Outstanding Kids Pitch
The Catalyst Content Festival runs Oct 4-7, 2023. To be considered, all entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM pst on June 24, 2023. Each person or entity seeking to enter the Festival Competition must submit as described above. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Entry Rules: https://www.catalystories.org/terms-conditions
Catalyst is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older, as well as entrants under the age of 18 whose entries are accompanied by written parental consent to the terms of these Official Entry Rules.
The official panel of Jurors, consisting of representatives selected at the sole discretion of the Catalyst, will judge the entries based on the following criteria: (i) writing (ii) acting (iii) concept (iv) originality and creativity, and (v) production.
For submissions in the Pitch category, the award process includes a live competition in Duluth, MN during the festival. Selection is based on the submitted pitch deck and awards will be granted based upon presentations at the live competition.