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Pilots in Progress

One of the struggles faced by creators during COVID-19 is the feeling of isolation and disconnect from their collaborators and creative community. SeriesFest aims to change that with Pilots in Progress - a new initiative where creators can virtually and securely screen a rough cut of their pilot for constructive feedback from fellow creators and industry to help fine tune and finalize their project. Creators will receive notes on everything from story structure to character development and anything else that may seem unclear to a test audience.

Viewers will complete an audience questionnaire for the creator to review and, at their discretion, incorporate into a final edit. Additionally, official selections for Pilots in Progress will also have the opportunity to be featured on a curated page on Seed&Spark designed to support and promote crowdfunding goals associated with the completion of the project.

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Key Dates and Fees

  Regular Deadline
Jan 15, 2021
Late Deadline
Mar 19, 2021
Standard $30 $40
FilmFreeway Gold Member $25 $35
Student $20 $30
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Partially Produced Pilot

Pilots should be near completion in that the structure and story arc are in place, but not yet picture locked. Unfinished versions with incomplete or temporary sound, missing scenes, no credits or titles, unfinished visual effects, etc. are all ok! When possible, please provide an on-screen description of missing elements as placeholders within the continuity of the film. You should also list other general elements that are missing or incomplete on a title card before the project begins. Make sure your project can be edited to incorporate viewer feedback after the screening!

Series Format Deck

The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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