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December 30, 2019

We’re days away from our regular deadline (Friday, January 3) for the Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series Competition, Late Night Competition, and Pitch-A-Thon. Ask yourself: "Is 2020 the year I bet on myself and submit to SeriesFest?" If the answer is "yes!" (btw that is the answer), take one last look at your scripts, get your series bible in order, package up your pilots and hit "SUBMIT." Need a little convincing that submitting to SeriesFest is a step in the right direction? Check out what some of our SeriesFest alums had to say about their SeriesFest experience and how it's helped them get to where they are now.

PAR PAREKH

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Digital Short Series Competition

Project Title: The Happy (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

The fact that an entire, highly reputable and well-programmed festival was dedicated to episodic!

Give us an update on your series!

About to launch online!

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now? 

So. Many. Things. An episodic show called Shanti, a limited series western period comedy based on a true story called American Diamond, a documentary called Sister Úna Lived a Good Death, etc. 

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Keep making, keep submitting, use all the resources you have available, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Where can people follow your story?

thehappy.tv, @welcometothehappy, parparekh.com, @iamtusk

MATT FERRUCCI

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SeriesFest: Season 4 & 5 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Titles: Companion, Kensington (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

In 2016 I read an article on IndieWire called “SeriesFest: There’s a DIY Way to Break into TV”.  I remember being so inspired by the article and the festival’s mission. I said to myself “this is the festival I want to be at”.  Cut to 2 years later, Companion was accepted to SFS4. That day we got the news was thrilling. I set out a goal for myself and we made good. So much of this business is waiting for other people to give you permission to create your art. The beautiful thing about SeriesFest is you’re surrounded by creatives that didn’t wait for permission. After returning with another project, Kensington, in SFS5, I can say that what I look forward to the most attending the festival is not necessarily screening my work, but the opportunity to see other people’s work. Asking myself “what am I going to see at SeriesFest?.” And both seasons I was blown away by the work. The community that SeriesFest provides to meet other creatives in the same boat all pushing each other to create great stories is an amazing thing. The bar that SeriesFest sets is high and the projects reflect that. That is the most exciting thing for me, being inspired and pushed by others to make exciting content. 

Give us an update on your series!

COMPANION screened at multiple festivals winning Best Director and Best Comedy at ITV Fest (now Catalyst Content Festival) in 2017. We went on to pitch the series at Showtime, HBO, Complex, and GQ (via SeriesFest). We are still in the process of pitch the series with meeting set up in 2020. Companion was recently featured on the shows Good Morning Lalaland and on the NBC talk show California Live. KENSINGTON is still on the festival circuit winning Best Pilot at the Soho Film Festival in New York. This month it won 3 awards at the Collaborative Festival in Los Angeles taking home Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

Recently wrapped directing and producing a short called Marry F*ck Kill that I will be submitting in the Digital Short category for SFS6. Prepping a new episodic project and writing the feature script for our show Companion.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

I tell myself every day to just stay the course. It’s easy to be caught up in the ups and downs of this business.  It’s a constant battle to take a step back from those ups and downs and see the journey. But that journey is what creates great work. Never stop being a student, we learn more from our peers. Trust your instincts, that’s all we have. 

Where can people follow your journey?

www.matt-ferrucci.com, www.companiontheseries.com, www.kensingtontheseries.com, Instagram: @matt_ferrucci, @companiontheseries, @kensingtontheseries

MISHA CALVERT

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Title: All Hail Beth (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

The heart of Claire and Randi, and the scope and scale of what SeriesFest has become.

Give us an update on your series!

We are live online!! 

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

Pitching shows to several networks, writing a new half hour script, and a play as well.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

The less reliant you are on industry approval - both psychologically and financially - the better.

Where can people follow your journey?

www.mishacalvert.com, Twitter/IG - @mishacalvert. All Hail Beth IG - @allhailbethseries

SONJA O'HARA

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SeriesFest: Season 2 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Title: Doomsday (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

I loved how excited the programmers were about diverse new voices and stories and were really offering a platform to showcase us creators! 

Give us an update on your series!

I’ve moved on to new projects but it’s available to watch on Amazon. 

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

I recently directed the feature film Root Letter, an adaptation of a popular Japanese PlayStation game, written by Tribeca Film Fest Narrative Prize winning writer David Ebeltoft. I also am going to be both directing and acting in another feature film called Mid-Century in January!

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Just make your show! Don’t sit around and wait until you feel 100% ready or like everything is perfect. That situation will never actually arise, so go do it now! 

Where can people follow your journey?

Instagram: @sonjakohara, Facebook: @sonjakohara, Website: www.sonjaohara.com

JOEL BLACKER

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Late Night Competition

Project Title: Who You Are (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

I made more connections at the festival and felt far more valued as a filmmaker than at any other festival. I want to come back!

Give us an update on your series!

We put the whole 5 episode series out on Dust

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

Over the last three months I directed two Facebook Watch Series, both comedies, with episodes being released each week through February. One is titled Airport Security Squad which is a mockumentary about the TSA in the style of The Office. The other is a sketch show titled, Fired about Yousef (Adam Waheed) who gets fired from a different job every episode. That releases Friday (Dec 20th).

Where can people follow your journey?

Joelblacker.com,@joeljayblacker

Submit now to SeriesFest: Season 6: https://seriesfest.com/2019-submissions