SeriesFest: Season 9 Submissions

Pilot Competitions

Each year the SeriesFest community of emerging talent, established artists, and industry professionals gather to celebrate the innovative work of independent content creators. SeriesFest: Season 9 submissions are currently closed, and finalists are notified in late March. Best of luck to all creators that are submitting!

We hope to see you May 5-10, 2023 for SeriesFest: Season 9! Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest updates.


SeriesFest’s Independent Pilot Competition launched in 2015 to help diversify the television landscape by shining a spotlight on emerging voices. Five years later, this competition still offers independent episodic artists the opportunity to screen their 18-60 minute drama, comedy, unscripted, or animated television pilots in front of an audience of major industry players, network executives, and fans at our annual Denver-based festival. Many SeriesFest Official Selections and winners have gone on to receive representation, development deals, production grants, and distribution.


With the influx of technology over the past 10 years, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative storytelling now resides in the digital space. Impactful, entertaining series don’t always equate to big-budget or hour-long productions anymore. SeriesFest’s Digital Short Series Competition has honored exciting new digital short series that have gone on to major streaming platforms.

LATE NIGHT COMPETITION (30 mins or less)

Sometimes series just don’t fit into the drama, comedy, or unscripted categories. SeriesFest’s Late Night Competition is designed to discover and honor those strange, absurd, comedic, or sketch series that leave us scratching our heads, laughing through tears, and wondering “what the hell did I just watch?” Late Night provides episodic creators an opportunity to screen their offbeat, live-action, or animated series on the big screen either as a miniseries or extended season with a total runtime of 4-15 minutes.


One of the struggles faced by creators is the feeling of isolation and disconnect from their audience, collaborators, and creative community. SeriesFest aims to change that with Pilot in Progress— an initiative where creators can securely screen a rough cut of their pilot for constructive feedback from fellow creators and industry to help fine-tune and finalize their project.


Independent content creators will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media, and digital execs in hopes of moving their projects – and careers – forward. Pitched projects must be strictly in the script phase (unproduced).


SeriesFest is excited to endorse the next generation of creators! We are searching for produced pilots from collegiate and university students nationwide. We will be showcasing 18-60 minute drama, comedy, unscripted and animated pilots at SeriesFest: Season 9.

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