We are Pilot Light TV Festival - the UK's new and fast growing festival of TV & Web Series. We are dedicated to celebrating the best in the past, present and future of TV & Web Series from around the world!

Season 3 takes place 3rd-6th May 2018 in Manchester.

At Pilot Light TV Festival we pride ourself in the mission to discover the next generation of talent in episodic storytelling whether working in broadcast or digital. We aim to give the creators behind these projects the platform to get their TV Pilot or digital series in front of both industry insiders and TV fans.

Through opening submissions to get these projects onto the big screen as part of our official festival selection, we hope to find the next of the likes of Broad City, Breaking Bad and The Office.

Alongside our screenings we also award the best of the festival and have a packed industry panel schedule designed for new writers and creators to take their career to the next level.

2017 Award Winners:
Best of the Fests Award* - That's My DJ (Canada/Vancouver Web Fest)
Best TV Pilot - Hooked
Best British Web Series - The Rich Keeble Vanity Project
Best International Web Series - Young and Reckless (Canada)

Pilot Light takes place in Manchester, the centre of the UK's television industry, where broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV are headquartered, where many TV productions are made and numerous production companies are based.

* Our 2017 Best of the Fests Partner festivals were Vancouver Web Fest, Dubin Web Fest, Webfest Berlin, Sicily Web Fest and Festival Francophone de la Webserie.

Awards & Prizes

Best of the Fests Award (nominees are winners from our partnered international Web Fests)
Best TV Pilot
Best British Web Series
Best International Web Series

Rules & Terms

1. Pilot Light TV Festival will be accepting submissions in the following categories:

Short Form Web Series (Under 5 mins)
Long Form Web Series (Over 5 mins)
Short Form TV Pilot (Under 20 mins)
Long Form TV Pilot (Over 20 mins)

2. Pilot Entries must also include a Series Vision Sheet which is to be sent to greg@pilotlightfestival.co.uk with the project title and tracking number in the email subject line. The sheet is a 1-5 page doc that gives an overview of the show including how many episodes have been produced/are in production, potential character arcs, synopsis of future episodes to give us a general idea of what the show would become.

3. Submission Fee's cover one episode submission. If you have more episodes please provide online screener links along with your Series Vision Sheet.

4. Submissions are welcome from around the world, but foreign language web series and pilots MUST have English subtitles.

5. Web Series and TV Pilots must have been produced after January 1st, 2016.

6. Pilot Light TV Festival, its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, licensees and assigns will not be responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, technically corrupt, postage‚Äźdue or misdirected entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.

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    Katy Poulter

    We had a great experience at Pilot Light TV Festival this year. The points that really stood out to us were how incredibly well organised they were and how friendly. The venue/cinema was amazing and it was a real pleasure seeing our work on such state if the art screens.

    Our only disappointment was that the creator networking happened during our programme which meant we were unable to attend and other creators may have been put off going to our screening.

    That said, we were really glad we went and we hope it expands and gets more popular every year.

    May 2017
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    Catherine Bray

    The Pilot Light TV Festival Season 2 was brilliant! Great lineup of interesting web series and television from around the globe! Really easy to navigate and the staff were very helpful and excited about the programme which was contagious! PLTV festival also looks after its filmmakers which was really cool to experience. Can't wait to see what they have in store for next year! - The Grind Team

    May 2017
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    Misha Calvert

    Fantastic experience. The organizers are incredibly passionate about TV and web, and it shows in their programming. The space, HOME, is really exquisite, and I enjoyed all of the pieces they selected both for the in-competition screenings and the special screenings and premieres. I would definitely return!

    May 2017