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Pitch-a-thon! Roadshow

SeriesFest’s Pitch-A-Thon is on the road to Chicago! The program provides independent content creators with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media and digital executives in hopes of moving their unproduced projects forward. 

In partnership with Second City Film School, IFA Chicago and made possible by Ed Toolis, the live event will be held at the infamous Second City Theater on March 31st 2022 and will give Chicago comedic creators a platform to take their projects to the next level.


Writers submit their comedic unproduced episodic projects to participate in this unique opportunity and 5-6 writers are selected to pitch their new series ideas to a live panel of industry experts. Once selected to pitch, writers receive coaching from Working Artist Group to refine their pitch (virtually prior to the event and at an in-person workshop on the day of the event). All writers will get to watch the pitches and feedback live, providing an exciting educational opportunity for everyone.


The winning pitch, chosen by the panel of experts, will receive: 

  • Badge to SeriesFest Season 8
  • One-on-one mentorship meeting with an industry professional to further project development 
  • $500 cash prize!



Submissions for Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Chicago open January 11, 2022. Please carefully review the deadlines, material requirements and guidelines listed below and on our FilmFreeway page. Fill out your applications and email us at info@seriesfest.com with any questions. 

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Key Dates and Fees

Feb 25, 2022

Standard $20 $
Second City Student $15 $
IFA Chicago Member $15 $
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Projects must meet the following requirements: • The creator(s) must live in the Chicagoland area • The project must be an episodic pilot (no feature films!) • The script must be a comedic episodic pilot • Must be available to appear in-person in Chicago on March 31, 2022 **Please note: Given the ever-changing COVID landscape, the event may change to a virtual live-stream if participant and audience safety is of concern.

Submission Video
3-5 minute video submission of creator(s) pitching their project

Series Format Deck
Must also include a Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments”. 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.

Pilot Script

Entry Fee

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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