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Frequently Asked Questions


A note regarding the 2021 SeriesFest & the COVID-19 Pandemic

We recognize that the global impact of COVID-19 has greatly affected storytellers and their projects, from production halts to disrupted festival premiere plans. As we constructed the policies and procedures for submitting projects for Season 7 consideration, we worked to add new programs to highlight independent series that have been affected or even inspired by the challenges of the past year.

After careful consideration, we have decided that SeriesFest: Season 7 (June 24 – July 11, 2021) will pivot to a “hybrid” festival format. A combination of physical and virtual screenings, panels, professional development workshops and socially-distanced in person events.

From June 24 - June 30, physical, socially-distanced screenings will take place over six days in Denver, CO. Season 7 official selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon! Collegiate Creator Spotlight, and Late Night competitions. They will then screen virtually from June 28 - July 12 to compete for the illustrious National Audience Award.

Exclusive virtual content competitions including the Next In Que: A Special Spotlight on Podcasts, Pilots in Progress, Smartphone Series and Shortfilm Competition selections will be available on SeriesFest’s virtual platform the entire 18 days.

By pivoting to the hybrid festival experience, we are confident we will remain a trusted destination for meaningful conversations and provide a much needed forum for creatives to share, engage and celebrate their experiences and innovative stories.

SeriesFest is a non-profit organization that champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences. Fees from submissions help us keep the process as rigorous and democratic as possible and to further support the independent creative community.

To ensure the health and safety of our SeriesFest community, we will continue to follow all State and CDC guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact info@seriesfest.com.

What is the difference between the live festival in Denver and virtual festival?

SeriesFest: Season 7 will be a “hybrid” festival format, a combination of physical and virtual screenings, panels, and professional development workshops. Physical, socially-distanced screenings, panels, workshops and socially-distanced in person events will take place over in Denver, CO from June 24 - June 30. From June 29 - July 11 select content will pivot to the SeriesFest virtual platform.

If selected, where will my work be screened?

Physical, socially-distanced screenings and workshops will take place over six days in Denver, CO from June 24 - June 30. The primary screening venue is the Sie FilmCenter. This includes selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon!, Collegiate Creator Spotlight, Storytellers Initiative and Late Night competitions.

Additionally, Season 7 official selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon!, Collegiate Creator Spotlight, and Late Night competitions will then screen virtually from June 28 - July 11 on the SeriesFest virtual platform.

Exclusive virtual content competitions including the Next In Queue: A Special Spotlight on Podcasts, Pilots in Progress, Smartphone Series and Short Film Competition selections will be available on SeriesFest’s virtual platform the entire 18 days. While these competitions will not have an in theater screening, they will be honored via special events throughout the in person festival in Denver, CO.

If selected, when will my project be screened?

From June 24 - June 30, physical, socially-distanced screenings will take place over six days in Denver, CO. Season 7 official selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon!, Collegiate Creator Spotlight, and Late Night competitions will then screen VIRTUALLY from June 28 - July 11 to compete for the illustrious Audience Award.

Exclusive virtual content competitions including the Next In Que: A Special Spotlight on Podcasts, Pilots in Progress, Smartphone Series and Shortfilm Competition selections will be available on SeriesFest’s virtual platform the entire 18 days (June 24 - July 11).

How do I submit a pilot?

All submissions are required to go through either FilmFreeway (Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series Competition, Late Night Competition, Collegiate Creators Spotlight, Pitch-A-Thon, Pilots in Progress, Podcast) or Coverfly (Storyteller's Initiative, Women's Writing Competition and Storytellers Initiative: Collegiate Writing Competition.

What is a Series Format Deck?

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.

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

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

Which competitions require me to submit a Series Format Deck?

All competitions require submitting a Series Format Deck.

How do I include a Series Format Deck in my submission?

On FilmFreeway, while editing under the Project File tab, you should upload your Series Pitch Deck under "Files & Attachments."

My pilot is a work-in-progress. Can I submit the unfinished version?

Unfinished versions of the pilot with incomplete or temporary sound, no credits or titles, unfinished effects, etc. can be submitted. However, it does need to be complete enough for us to be able to make a decision. Whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing elements as placeholders within the continuity of the pilot. Temp tracks, scratch music, and temp scores are perfectly fine for your submission, but please include a list of missing or temporary elements directly on-screen before the pilot begins. If your pilot is selected, you must send us a complete, final exhibition copy before we screen it at the festival, as we do no exhibit works-in-progress at the festival.

How will I be notified if my pilot is selected?

We will contact you via e-mail during the month of April 2020. Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you’ve filled out the application, please log into your account and update it. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification. If you haven’t heard from us by June 1st, please contact us at info@seriesfest.com for an official notification. Please make sure to add info@seriesfest.com to the your SPAM account settings as SAFE SENDER LIST.

I'm under the age of 18. Can I submit my work?

We encourage content creators of all ages to submit their work. All submitted pilots will compete against each other. If you are under the age of 18 and your pilot is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your parent or legal guardian before we are able to screen your pilot.

How many pilots can I submit?

You may submit as many pilots as you'd like, but you only need to create one account. Upon doing so, you will fill out individual applications for multiple pilots. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions.

How are the winners selected?

The official judging panel, consisting of individuals selected by the SeriesFest, at its sole discretion, will make a number of official selections (the “Official Selections”) from all eligible entries received. The judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall quality of all elements and aspects of the production of each entry, including, without limitation, writing, acting, directing, editing, etc.
  • Adherence to and appropriateness for a particular format or type of program
  • The ability to develop story through a first season and thorough drafting of the arc

I was just notified that my pilot was selected. What are the next steps?

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:

 

(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you:

  • Accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at SeriesFest
  • Warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your pilot at SeriesFest
    Indemnify and hold harmless SeriesFest, Inc., its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at SeriesFest.
  • Agree to participate in a reasonable number of customary promotional and publicity activities [including press junkets, telephone interviews, sending press packages, and public appearances to promote the SeriesFest].

(2) You must deliver to the address designated by the Festival two exhibition copies of your invited work

 

(3) You must provide a properly completed and signed official SeriesFest “Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist”

 

Can I submit a pilot without clearing copyrighted materials?

At the time of submission, you are not yet required to obtain all rights and clearances. If your pilot is selected, you must clear all copyrighted materials before it can be publicly screened. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festivals, so you should contact them directly to avoid any potential rights infringements. You will be required to sign a release stating that materials used in the pilot do not violate any existing copyright.

If my project includes non-English dialogue, do you require English subtitles?

All projects that contain significant non-English dialogue must include on-screen English subtitles at the time of submission. A translated list of dialogue submitted digitally or on paper will not suffice. Please do not send us an un-subtitled foreign-language project with the intention of providing a subtitled version later.

Do you actually watch every submission?

SeriesFest champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling, and to uphold our mission we depend on new talent. It is in our organizations best interest to treat all officially-submitted projects in an equal manner. We view all officially submitted pilots and series to ensure we are keeping our fingers on the pulse of new and dynamic storytelling from the independent creative community.

If my film is not chosen, can you give me notes or feedback?

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions and because we are a small staff, we are unable to provide specific feedback regarding individual submissions or applications.

Pilots and scripts must be uploaded and payment submitted no later than the deadline for which you have registered.

We handle all submissions identically, regardless of which deadline you choose. We encourage you to submit as early as possible


Questions?

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