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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 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. Selected creators will work with the SeriesFest team to construct a personalized post-screening feedback questionnaire. Viewers will complete an audience questionnaire for the creator to review and, at their discretion, incorporate into a final edit or future episodes. 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.

Thanks to our Official Partner Company 3, the winner will be awarded $25,000 of in-kind post-production services to be applied to their episodic project.


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.

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Key Dates and Fees

  Earlybird Deadline
Nov 17, 2022
Regular Deadline
Jan 06, 2023
Final Deadline
Mar 15, 2023
Standard $25 $30 $50
FilmFreeway Gold Member $20 $25 $45
Student $15 $20 $40
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! Pilots should range from 10-60 minutes. 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

Pilot in Progress One Sheet answering the following questions: What are the missing elements in your pilot? What do you need in order to complete your pilot? What do you hope to gain by submitting your pilot in progress? Provide two (2) sample audience feedback questions for your pilot

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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