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2019 Submissions

Submissions for SeriesFest: Season 5 are now open!


The SeriesFest team is excited to announce that it’s submission time for Season 5. This year’s festival will take place June 21-26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. SeriesFest is the must-attend destination for episodic content creators to showcase their new pilots and network with top industry leaders.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling deadline. See individual categories for more details on submission materials, cost and deadlines. 

We handle all submissions identically, regardless of which deadline you choose; however, we encourage you to submit as early as possible!

Submission Categories

Independent Pilot Competition

Running Time Options: 18-30min 45-60min

SeriesFest’s Independent Pilot Competition gives a platform for the most innovative pilots out there ranging from 18 to 60 minutes. These series will compete across three genres: Comedy, Drama and Unscripted for various awards including Best Pilot and the illustrious Audience Award.

Digital Short Series

Running Time Options: Less than 15min

Some of the most innovative storytelling now resides in the digital space. SeriesFest is looking to find and honor exciting new digital series with episodes under 15 minutes.

Late Night

Running Time Options: 30min or less

SeriesFest’s Late Night Competition is defined as live action or animated programs featuring the strange, absurd, comedic, sketch, or “what the hell?”

Storytellers Initiative

Running Time Options: 15min

SeriesFest is thrilled to partner once again with Elysium Bandini Studios to discover creative, fresh writers as part of our Storytellers Initiative. What excites us most for Season 5 is the opportunity to explore short form series with a strong point of view and bold characters. In order to qualify, interested writers are encouraged to submit pilot scripts with episodes running less than 15 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 20 pages) and a series bible.

The scripts entered into this competition must be short form pilot episodes not exceeding 15 minutes. If the pilot episode is under 15 pages, writers must submit subsequent episodes to reach a total minimum of 15 pages. Entries must also include a Series bible, 3-15 pages - including Logline, Pilot Summary, Character Breakdown, and at least six future episode synopsis. 

Writers of the winning project, announced in May, will receive an exclusive first look development deal with Elysium Bandini Studios, a professionally produced pilot presentation, and will participate in a “Storytellers Initiative” live read event at SeriesFest: Season 5. 

Finalists will be flown out to Los Angeles where they will participate in a two-day lab including creative workshops with established industry professionals. Workshops will take place April 24-25, 2019.

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