How will SeriesFest handle the in-person festival in accordance with COVID-19 protocols
SeriesFest takes the health and safety of our creators, industry members and audiences very seriously. At this time, SeriesFest requires that all audiences and guests be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of of the WHO and/or CDC approved vaccinations in order to attend. The organization will continue to monitor all national and local guidelines including mask requirements and social distancing strategies in order to operate a safe in-person festival.
If selected, where will my work be screened?
Screenings and workshops will take place over seven days in Denver, CO from May 5–11. The primary screening venue is the Sie FilmCenter, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. This includes selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon!, Collegiate Spotlight, and Late Night competitions.
How do I submit a pilot?
All submissions are required to go through FilmFreeway (Independent Pilot Competition, Digital Short Series Competition, Late Night Competition, Collegiate Spotlight, Collegiate Storytellers, and Pitch-A-Thon)
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:
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 2022. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an official notification. Please make sure to add email@example.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:
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:
(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