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Storytellers Initiative

SeriesFest is looking for the next short form script writer!

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 2-day lab including creative workshops with established industry professionals. Workshops will take place April 24-25, 2019.



TALES FROM THE POD; Written by Niko Sotolongo and Megan Hawkins

One hundred and twenty four million people listen to at least one podcast every, single day. This built-in audience of avid content consumers is always primed for the next fun and engaging story. Enter Tales From The Pod.

Megan Hawkins is so excited to be working with her best friend and writing partner, Niko Sotolongo, on a project they are both so passionate about. Megan is originally from Spokane, WA. She moved to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is now living in Denver working, acting, and writing.

Níko Sotolongo is a writer and award-winning director who moved to Colorado with his wife and dog to go to film school. He writes scripts with his wildly-talented and best gay friend Megan Hawkins.


CONTRACTED; Written by Kathryn Gould

A psychologist who works for a mob boss finds herself counseling contract killers whose marks are... each other.

Kathryn Gould is a writer, actor and filmmaker who has called Colorado home since 1999. She majored in English and Psychology at Stanford, then obtained her masters in Family and Child Studies at Northern Illinois University. After working as an actor on stage and in local indie films for some time, in 2005 she was inspired by her agent's Write to Act class to begin writing for both stage and screen, and soon found her second love: screenwriting. After studying with numerous writing coaches both online and in person, producing her own short films, and winning several awards for her work, in 2013 she joined the screenwriting cooperative “Rumblepack” and began to write low budget horror. With over a dozen screenplays, several options, and the theatrically-released feature film, “Apartment 212” under her belt, she is now represented by Heitmann Entertainment in LA and has a number of projects in development. Kathryn was also excited to serve as founding president of Women in Film and Media Colorado, where she is currently Vice President.


FORGIVE US FATHER; Written by Amanda Dreschler & Michael Livingston

Father lives with his two daughters, Amity and Esther, in a small desert town where they worship a mysterious black hole in their backyard.

Amanda Dreschler received her BFA from Notre Dame de Namur University in San Francisco. While at school she was involved with the Acting Conservatory Theater and traveled around the bay with The Pocket Opera Company. After graduation, Amanda moved to Los Angeles where she studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for three years. While continuing her studies she starred in numerous independent films and began writing/directing her own projects in 2013.

Michael A. Livingston studied film production and theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating Michael moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional career in film making. He has since written and directed numerous short films, web series, music videos and commercial content for multiple production companies. Amanda and Michael began working together in 2013 and formed their company Quick Brown Fox shortly thereafter. Their most recent project together was a short film for National Geographic called, "Take Me Back," which they wrote, directed, produced and Amanda starred in. It has garnered over 1 million views on youtube and facebook.

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