Storytellers
Initiative

Elysium Bandini Studios and Parallel Entertainment are honored to partner with SeriesFest to discover creative, fresh comedy writers. We are looking for the next big series! What excites us most is an innovative idea with a strong point of view and bold characters. The winning artist(s) will receive a development deal plus the opportunity for a professionally produced pilot presentation valued at $60,000!

How it works

A panel of judges will review each submission and narrow it down to semi-finalists and then three finalists. Finalists will be flown out to Los Angeles (airfare & hotel included), for a two-day creative workshop with established industry experts, culminating in the announcement of the Season Three Winner!

The winning artist(s) will receive an exclusive development deal with presenting partners, Parallel Entertainment and Elysium Bandini Studios. The winner will also be flown out to Denver, Colorado for SeriesFest: Season Three, and participate in a Storytellers Initiative Special

Key Dates

Late Deadline: March 1
Submission Fee: $50

Student Fee: $40
Extended Deadline: March 17
Submission Fee: $65
Student Fee: $40

Semi-Finalists Announced: March 31
Finalists Announced: May 1
Workshop Dates: May 31 and June 1 in Los Angeles
SeriesFest: Season Three: June 27 – July 2 in Denver

Note from Claire Epstein, Winner of the Storytellers Initiative: Season Two


“Winning the SeriesFest Storytellers Initiative has been a life-changing experience for me. While I was at the festival, all three finalists had workshops with industry veterans where we were able to learn about pitching, get specific notes on our scripts, and advice on our careers. I’m happy to say that I’m still in touch with our mentors, and the other two finalists have become good friends and wonderful resources.

My script, Amazing Jane, has gone through a couple rounds of notes with a studio and is currently being shopped around. I recently visited LA and, through SeriesFest connections, had a bunch of general meetings. I’m now discussing future projects with people I met in those meetings. I can draw a straight line between SeriesFest and almost all of the professional opportunities I now have, and am so grateful to everyone at SeriesFest for creating such a positive and welcoming experience."