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Professional Development

At the heart of its mission, SeriesFest champions and empowers artists in episodic storytelling to share their stories on a global scale. SeriesFest proudly presents year-round opportunities for creators to connect, collaborate, hone their craft and learn from established industry professionals to move their projects - and careers - forward.

Check out our independent pilot competitions, scriptwriting competitions and student education initiatives for additional opportunities to cultivate your episodic storytelling craft.

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Women Directing Mentorship

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SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past three years on the Women Directing Mentorship -- a competition designed to discover aspiring female directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. The Women Directing Mentorship is anchored with the prestigious opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series and a $5,000 stipend to use during the duration of their mentorship. 

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Spotlight Your Town

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SeriesFest is thrilled to partner with National Geographic and Visible on a brand new initiative, Spotlight Your Town, which aims to empower independent creators to use their art form to spotlight the timely political and social justice issues happening in their hometowns. Spotlight Your Town supports an inclusive group of unscripted storytellers creating authentic, community-driven stories that embody the breadth and diversity of the people and places they represent.

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Insider Conversations

Beginning in April 2021, SeriesFest will host virtual exclusive member events called our SeriesFest Insider Conversations. These private events connect the independent TV community with established industry for in-depth discussions around episodic storytelling. While in-person events remain limited, this exciting new program aims to give our community the opportunity to connect, collaborate and network in an intimate virtual setting.

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Writers' Room Series

SeriesFest has partnered with on a professional development opportunity for emerging writers in the independent episodic television. SeriesFest will invite select writers to participate in a three-day workshop and month-long follow-up led by Unreal Media with the goal of producing pitch-ready scripted episodic content.

In partnership with Unreal Media and Dilettante Productions

More details on the next cycle coming soon.

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Executive Elevation Mentorship

The Executive Elevation Mentorship aims to diversify the landscape of television's top decision makers. Fellows will be paired with top television, new media and digital executives of color in hopes of moving their projects - and careers- forward. As part of our mission, SeriesFest will curate a dedicated group of mentors and mentees to spark change in the landscape of the tv/film/media industry at the leadership level.

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Breaking In: A SeriesFest Podcast

We’re excited to announce we’ve launched a brand new podcast! 

Designed to enlighten emerging voices as they get their foot in the door, and inspire those already there. Each week our founders and hosts, Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook will be joined by guests at the forefront of episodic storytelling to give you the inside scoop. 

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Caz Matthews Fund

Caz Matthews is a Colorado-based supporter of SeriesFest and of the independent creators of television content who show their projects at the annual SeriesFest. In particular, Caz has an interest in providing funding to projects in which diversity stereotypes and unfavorable characterization of minority groups are dispelled.

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Inclusion Initiative: From Start to Screen

SeriesFest, in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, is launching a sequence of opportunities to make our festival more accessible for all content creators, and to celebrate a commitment to diversity and equity, including a waiver for submissions. Pilots applying for the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, Late Night, and Collegiate Spotlight competitions have the opportunity to apply for a submission waiver.

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