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April 05, 2022

SeriesFest: Season 8 International Independent Pilot Competitions have been announced!Taking place during Season 8 in Denver, Colorado from May 5-11, 2022 Season 8 will offer programming that explores the incredible evolving landscape of episodic content and a celebration welcoming the return of our creative community to Denver.

 The esteemed international pilot competition continues this year with fifty-five titles from emerging voices from all over the world in the categories of “Independent Pilot: Drama,” “Independent Pilot: Comedy,” “Independent Pilot: Unscripted,” “Digital Short Series,” “Late Night,” “Pitch-A-Thon,” , “Pilots In Progress”, and “Collegiate Creator Spotlight.” Several of these original pieces feature notable creative talent including Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer David Oyelowo, actor Simu Liu, Ali Shaheed (best known for a Tribe called Quest), actor Denzel Whitaker (BLACK PANTHER), and more! 

 The full list of participating pilots in alphabetical order by category is here.

 "The pilot competition is the heart and soul of SeriesFest,” adds Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook, Co-Founders, SeriesFest. “We created this festival as a discovery platform for innovative and imaginative creators to share their unique and diverse stories. We’re truly inspired by this year’s riveting selections. We also continue to be in awe of the esteemed jury who provide their expertise, opinions, and their personal time, to this creative and competitive journey.”

The primary screening venue during SeriesFest is the Sie FilmCenter, which is the year-round cinematic home of SeriesFest’s partner organization, Denver Film. Passes and individual tickets to screenings, panels, and the Centerpiece event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre featuring a full performance by multi-genre band Lake Street Dive, are available now at www.seriesfest.com.

 SeriesFest, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, has launched a sequence of opportunities to make the festival more accessible for all content creators and to celebrate a commitment to diversity and equity. Submissions for a new fourth cycle of the “Women Directing Mentorship” with Shondaland is currently open with all entry fees for individuals waived courtesy of SeriesFest’s Inclusion Initiative in partnership with Royal Bank of Canada. Additionally, Royal Bank of Canada will be awarding a cash prize to the winner of this season’s upcoming Pitch-A-Thon .

 SeriesFest: Season 8 is presented with additional generous support from the following sponsors: Once Upon a Time, Liberty Global, Brownstein Farber Hyatt Scheck, Denver Film, Xfinity, Fries Foundation, Visible, UnReal Media, Dilettante Productions, Working Artists Group, Caz Matthews Fund.