Vanguard Program

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The SeriesFest Vanguard Program is a brand new professional development initiative, presented in partnership with Canva. This program brings invaluable insights from groundbreaking visionaries in the television industry directly to emerging creatives by connecting artists across multiple platforms, events, content, and resources.

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SeriesFest Vanguard Workshops - Professional Development

The SeriesFest Vanguard Workshops, presented by Canva, are free virtual conversations with industry icons alongside live creative tutorials, designed to take your careers in television to the next level! These are one-of-a-kind professional development opportunities are geared toward episodic storytellers—but they’re beneficial to anyone in visual media.

The first-ever Vanguards include Grammy and Tony-winning Actor / Writer / Producer Daveed Diggs (Co-Creator: Blindspotting, The Little Mermaid, Hamilton) and Showrunner / Writer / Producer / Actor Rafael Casal (Loki, Co-Creator: Blindspotting), Actress / Director / Producer Sue Ann Pien (As We See It), and Littleton Road Productions’ Patrick Macmanus (Writer, Producer, Showrunner, Dr. DeathThe Girl from Plainville) and Kelly Funke (President, Littleton Road Productions).

Our workshops are always free and open to the public. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram to be the first to know about upcoming opportunities.

Vanguard Workshop

with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal

Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal - SeriesFest Vanguards, presented by Canva - Professional Development

Join Grammy and Tony-winner Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal as they discuss their creative journeys across key mediums, and how they use Canva to collaborate seamlessly across projects from anywhere.

Vanguard Workshop

with Patrick Macmanus & Kelly Funke

Patrick Macmanus & Kelly Funke - SeriesFest Vanguards, presented by Canva - Professional Development

Patrick Macmanus and Kelly Funke discuss the journey from pitch to series with a behind-the-scenes look at original pitch materials for Dr. Death: Season 1 while they evolve plain text into an impactful visual resource using Canva.

Vanguard Workshop

with Sue Ann Pien

Sue Ann Pien - SeriesFest Vanguards, presented by Canva - Professional Development

Sue Ann Pien shares an inside look into the details of her creative process and current projects in various stages of development. Find out how she utilizes Canva to ensure all of her project materials are pitch-ready.

Workshops reference resources that may no longer be available or were only available to live attendees. Attend future workshops to gain access to materials as they are released. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram for the latest updates.


Outstanding Series Format Deck Award, Presented by Canva - Slide Example

The Outstanding Series Format Deck Award, presented by Canva

Canva is partnering with SeriesFest to launch the Outstanding Series Format Deck Award—a $5,000 cash prize to the best series format deck created in Canva. This award acknowledges the creativity and skill necessary to build the perfect series format deck. Get inspired by using SeriesFest’s official Series Format Deck template. We’re offering new Canva users three free months of Canva Pro to get started!

SeriesFest Collegiate Fellows, Presented by Canva - Professional Development

SeriesFest Collegiate Fellows, presented by Canva

We’re helping to prepare the next generation of storytellers! SeriesFest’s Collegiate Fellows program, presented by Canva, invites undergraduate students from across the country to apply to attend SeriesFest: Season 10. As a Collegiate Fellow students get a behind-the-scenes view of the TV and episodic industry via curated workshops, discussions, and access to premieres and panels. Find out more.

Canva - The Preferred Design Platform of SeriesFest

Canva is the Preferred Design Platform of SeriesFest: Season 10

Canva is supporting SeriesFest across the board on creative and professional development resources to bring SeriesFest: Season 10 to life. From pre-show content to social media design, and motion graphics to everything in between, SeriesFest is thrilled to have Canva as its preferred design platform. Be sure to follow @SeriesFest and @Canva on Instagram as we share the details of this new partnership.