SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling. With year-round initiatives and professional development opportunities focused on diverse and under-served voices, education programs for students, and an annual festival, which gives emerging artists a platform and place for discovery, SeriesFest is where new voices and storytellers have found a home.
The annual SeriesFest takes place in Denver, Colorado – the birthplace of cable television. With a special event at Red Rocks Amphitheater and seven full days of in-competition screenings, panels, and network sneak peaks and premieres, SeriesFest gives a platform for compelling and creative content while celebrating television history and engaging in meaningful dialogue.
SeriesFest is a nucleus of inspiration, innovation and excitement!
All submissions are required to go through FilmFreeway
Unsubmitted entries will not be viewed! If you are having trouble with the online form, please e-mail us at Submissions@seriesfest.com and we will be glad to help guide you through the process.
COMPLETION DATE ELIGIBILITY
Any submitted produced pilot must have completed production no earlier than December 2019.
SERIES FORMAT DECK
All submissions must Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments”.
An effective Series Format Deck introduces your project in a visually exciting and emotionally powerful way. It captures the reader’s imagination, allowing them to see the full scope of the series and embrace the characters.
The Series Format Deck must be submitted in English.
The Series Format Deck should be no longer than 15 pages and include the following:
Season One Outline
Main Character Descriptions (Up to 5)
For unscripted pilots, key onscreen subjects/talent
Tone of your series (can include no more than 2 comparisons)
Goals for your Series
A Creator Statement which includes Why This Idea, Why Me, and Why Now?
**If your submission is selected for final programming you will be required to submit more information regarding your pilot, cast, and crew so SeriesFest can maximize your experience with executives at the Festival in May. Full details will be sent to submissions selected for SeriesFest: Season 8 in an acceptance email early April 2022.
All pilots must be submitted via FilmFreeways’s Secure Online Screener system. We cannot accept any other digital download or streaming links at this time. Submissions are welcome from around the world, but submissions must be in English or include English subtitles.
World Premiere status is preferred, however, pilots selected do not need to retain any sort of premiere status. Programmers do consider premiere status, previous festival screenings, and awards when deciding on official competition selections. If your pilot or series has been released via any home video outlet, broadcast on television, publicly available to stream, or had a ticketed public theatrical exhibition anywhere in the USA, it is not eligible for this festival.
We encourage content creators of all ages to submit their work. All submitted pilots will compete against each other. If you are under the age of 18 and your pilot is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your parent or legal guardian before we are able to screen your pilot. Collegiate students are encouraged to submit to the collegiate competitions. Collegiate entries not entered into the collegiate competitions are still eligible to screen in the collegiate spotlight.
NUMBER OF PILOTS ELIGIBLE
You may submit as many pilots as you would like. You must fill out individual applications for multiple pilots. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions.
Unfinished versions of the pilot with incomplete or temporary sound, no credits or titles, unfinished effects, etc. can be submitted for Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, and Late Night Competitions. However, it does need to be complete enough for us to be able to make a decision. Whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing elements as placeholders within the continuity of the pilot. Temp tracks, scratch music, and temp scores are perfectly fine for your submission, but please include a list of missing or temporary elements directly on-screen before the pilot begins. If your pilot is selected, you must send us a complete, final exhibition copy before we screen it at the festival, as we only exhibit work in progress pilots at the festival through the Pilots in Progress competition.
RIGHTS AND CLEARANCES FOR MUSIC OR OTHER COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL
At the time of submission, you are not yet required to obtain all rights and clearances.
If your pilot is selected, you must clear all copyrighted materials before it can be publicly screened. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festivals, so you should contact them directly to avoid any potential rights infringements. You will be required to sign a release stating that materials used in the pilot do not violate any existing copyright before the festival exhibition.
We will contact you via e-mail in early April 2022. Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you’ve filled out the application, please log into your account and update it. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification. If you haven’t heard from us by April 8th, please contact us at email@example.com for an official notification.
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If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:
(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you:
Accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at SeriesFest
Warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your pilot at SeriesFest
Indemnify and hold harmless SeriesFest, LLC, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at SeriesFest.
Agree to participate in a reasonable number of customary promotional and publicity activities [including press junkets, telephone interviews, sending press packages, and public appearances to promote the SeriesFest
(2) If selected for exhibition at SeriesFest, you will receive a letter with deliverable requirements of your media.
(3) You must provide a properly completed and signed official SeriesFest “Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”
The official judging panel, consisting of individuals selected by SeriesFest, at its sole discretion, will make a number of official selections (the “Official Selections”) from all eligible entries received. The judging will be based on the following criteria:
Originality and creativity
Overall quality of all elements & aspects of the production of each entry, including, without limitation, writing, acting, directing, editing, etc.
Adherence to and appropriateness for a particular format or type of program
The ability to develop story through a first season and thorough drafting of the arc.
The following awards for the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, and Late Night competitions awards are determined by juries composed of television executives and celebrities.
Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series, and Late Night:
Best Pilot Award for Drama, Comedy, and Unscripted category
Best Actor *
Best Actress *
Best Director *
Best Writer *
Best of Late Night Award
Best of Digital Short Series Award
Audience Choice Award
Winner is decided by a panel of experts following the live event.
Independent Pilot Competition official selections will be screened twice in Denver during SeriesFest: Season 8 (May 5-11, 2022). Digital Short Series, Late Night, Pilots in Progress selections will be screened once during the festival dates.