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Smartphone Series and Short Film

Through quickly growing smartphone technology, our devices are now one of the greatest tools for low-to-no budget storytelling. SeriesFest is looking for creators who are using their smartphones to tell innovative episodic and short form series no longer than 5 minutes. All entries in this category MUST BE shot entirely on a mobile device or tablet.

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Key Dates and Fees

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

Entry Materials

Produced Short Form Content

Must be shot entirely from a mobile device submitted via FilmFreeway's Secure Online Screener system. Runtime must be under 5 minutes. If submitting series, creators are encouraged to submit multiple episodes totaling 5 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

Press Kit Materials (not required)

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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