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Digital Short Series

With the influx of new technology over the past 10 years, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative storytelling now resides in the digital space. Jump online and browse over to one of the thousands of content-sharing platforms and you’ll find that impactful, entertaining series don’t always equate to big budget or hour-long productions. Going into its fifth year, SeriesFest’s Digital Short Series Competition has discovered and honored exciting new digital short series that have gone on to major streaming platforms. 


Submissions for SeriesFest: Season 9 open on September 8th. Please carefully review the deadlines, material requirements, and guidelines listed below and on our FilmFreeway page. Fill out your applications and get your projects in before the final deadline. Got questions? Check out our Submission FAQs or email us at info@seriesfest.com.


Once submissions are closed, our team of experienced producers, writers, programmers, and filmmakers carefully reviews each application and pilot to narrow it down to a select group of comedies, dramas, and unscripted series representing the highest reviewed submissions in each category. Official Selections to be screened at SeriesFest: Season 9. Official Selections are determined on the basis of the following elements:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall quality of all elements & 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.


Official Selections are up for the following awards: 

  • Best of Digital Short Series 
  • Best Actor 
  • Best Actress 
  • Best Director 
  • Best Writer 
  • Audience Award

Winners will be determined by a jury of high-profile industry and talent during the annual festival and recognized with an award at our Awards Ceremony, included in our media announcement and showcased on our website. Past jurors include David Person (IFC), Liz Shannon Miller (Collider), Kuye Youngblood (BricTV), Jose Acevedo (Comedy Central), Brian Newman (Sub-Genre). Scroll down to see the complete list of last year’s jurors and winners. Pilots in this competition are also eligible for the Level Forward Impact Award

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Key Dates and Fees

  Earlybird Deadline
Nov 17, 2022
Regular Deadline
Jan 06, 2032
Final Deadline
Feb 15, 2032
Standard $50 $70 $100
FilmFreeway Gold Member $40 $55 $85
Student $30 $35 $45
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Produced Pilot

Submitted via FilmFreeway's Secure Online Screener system. Each episode must be under 15 minutes. Creators are encouraged to submit multiple episodes totaling 20 minutes of run time. Foreign production is eligible. 

Series Format Deck

All submissions must also include a Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments." 

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 15 pages 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 comps)
  • Producing Team
  • Key Creatives
  • Goals for your Series
  • A Creator Statement which includes Why This Idea, Why Me, and Why Now?

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Press Kit Material

Any available press kit material.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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Season 8 Winners  
Digital Short Series

American Dreamers: The Other Hemsworth


Best Digital Short Series

Hello (Again)


Hotter Up Close


Tank Fairy (桶妝仙女)


We're Doing Good


Season 8 Judges

Dino-Ray Ramos

Founder and Editor in Chief of Diaspora

Geneva Wasserman

EVP, Head of Scripted Dev & Produ, Dentsu-Story Lab

Elle Roth-Brunet

EP, Head of Content & Entertainment Partnerships, Google

Milan Chakraborty

Producer, Head of Film Marginal Mediaworks