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Storytellers Initiative

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.

Key Dates and Fees

  Early Bird
Nov 27, 2018
Regular
Jan 15, 2019
Late
Feb 04, 2019
Fee $45 $50 $60
WAB $40 $45 $60
Student $35 $40 $40
Fees are paid through the Withoutabox submission process.

Entry Materials

Workshop in Los Angeles

If selected, winners will be required to participate in a two-day workshop in Los Angeles, California on April 24-25, 2019. Please confirm you will be available these days prior to entering. 

Pilot Script

The scripts entered into this competition must be short form pilot episodes not exceeding 15 minutes. If the pilot episode is under 15-18 pages, writers must submit subsequent episodes to reach a total minimum of 15 pages.

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Series Bible

3-15 pages - including Logline, Pilot Summary, Character Breakdown, and at least six future episode synopsis. 

Character Descriptions

Entries must include Series regular and recurring character descriptions (not to exceed 2 pages) emailed to Submissions@seriesfest.com with the project title and tracking number in the email subject line.

Please Note:

Series Bible and Pilot Script should be submitted as one document with the Series Bible first, followed by the Script.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned. Submit at withoutabox

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Pilots are in competition for jury and audience awards, along with cash prizes.


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Season 4 Winners  
Storytellers Initiative

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Awards:

Storytellers Initiative Winner: Paige VanTassell