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SeriesFest and Interlude to launch “48-Hour Interactive Jam” at this year's Festival

May 01, 2016

SeriesFest and Interlude announced today that they will be joining forces to launch the 48-Hour Interactive Series Jam (“Series Jam”) at SeriesFest: Season Two. “Series Jam” will redefine the concept of digital storytelling in a two-day, intensive hackathon designed to inspire and create the next great interactive series. This exciting partnership - SeriesFest, an annual episodic content festival, and Interlude, a cutting-edge media and technology company - brings together two pioneering organizations to nurture, support, and further the present and future of episodic storytelling through their collective resources.


Small teams of 3-5 filmmakers, game designers, developers, producers and writers may submit an application to enter the competition. SeriesFest and Interlude will choose up to 6 teams with these selected teams meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in downtown Denver to begin the hackathon.

The teams will work closely with Interlude’s creative leadership to conceptualize an interactive three- part series and will learn how to get the most out of the responsiveness of the video, where to use it to optimize the emotional power and how to make a story compelling. Over the course of 48 hours, the teams will write, shoot, edit, and build their projects in Treehouse, Interlude’s intuitive and powerful authoring software, to develop a working proof-of-concept (“POC”). An experienced team of professionals will be there to guide participants along the way, and all production and post-production gear will be provided.

At the end of the Series Jam, the teams will present their projects in front of an audience accompanied by an outline of a three-episode arc. One winning team will be awarded $10,000 in production funds to create the series, which will premiere on Interlude’s platform Eko, a new home for interactive, serialized content.

Submissions, which have no fee to enter, open on Monday, April 25, 2016 with a final deadline of Friday, May 13, 2016. Chosen teams will be charged $60 per person with each recipient receiving food and beverages and a SeriesFest Premium Festival Pass, which includes Opening Night Tickets at Red Rocks, festival tickets, Season Two swag, and an invitation to the private Awards Brunch.

“We are excited to expand our mission into interactive short form content by partnering with Interlude,” said Randi Kleiner, CEO of SeriesFest. “The Series Jam will be a fun and collaborative addition to SeriesFest: Season Two and will provide another wonderful opportunity to support and expand our community of creative talent.”