Outstanding Series Format Deck presented by Canva

Required for all SeriesFest competition categories, the Series Format Deck is an integral part to the pitch process and sale of your series. An effective Series Format Deck introduces your project in a visually exciting and emotionally powerful way. It captures the reader’s imagination, allowing them to see the full scope of the series and embrace the characters. 

In celebration of this unsung craft, SeriesFest is partnering with Canva—our Preferred Design Platform—to acknowledge the creativity and skill necessary to build the perfect series format deck. SeriesFest: Season 10 Official Selection creators who choose to create their series format decks in Canva will have the opportunity to win the inaugural Outstanding Series Format Deck Award. This comes with a $5,000 cash prize!


SeriesFest: Season 10 Official Selections in the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, Unscripted, Late Night, Colorado Pilot in Progress, and Pitch-A-Thon categories that use Canva to create their Series Format Deck will be considered eligible for the Outstanding Series Format Deck Award.

The Series Format Deck should be no longer than 20 pages, must be in English, and include the following: 

  • Log Line 
  • Pilot Synopsis Season One 
  • Outline Main Character Descriptions (Up to 5) 
  • Tone of your series (can include no more than 2 comparisons) 
  • Producing Team 
  • Key Creatives 
  • Goals for your Series 
  • A Creator Statement that includes Why This Idea, Why Me, and Why Now? 

To be eligible for the award, Creators must submit a Series Format Deck PDF or URL that has been created in Canva. Series Format Decks designed in Canva must include the watermark slide on Page 16 of THIS SERIESFEST – APPROVED TEMPLATE.

Winner will be determined during the 2024 Season 10 festival and announced at the Awards Ceremony in Denver, Colorado. Winner must be available and willing to be featured in a SeriesFest x Canva marketing promotion following the announcement of the award. 

Not sure where to get started on your Series Format Deck? You don’t have to start from a blank page. Check out the SeriesFest-Approved Template, created in Canva. Personalize it, and make it your own!

Looking for more inspiration? We’ve partnered with Canva to present a brand new free workshop series with television industry leaders. Click here for information.

Once your deck is finished, simply share the Canva URL. Thanks to Canva’s built-in analytics, you’ll be able to see when your deck has been viewed—and by how many people.

Ready to get started on your Series Format Deck? Use code CANVAVANGUARDS on canva.com/reedem for a free 3-month trial of Canva Pro*. Create or reimagine your series format deck today!

*Must be used to open a new Canva Pro account, or to upgrade your existing account to Canva Pro.

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