Logo icon

2019 Submissions

Submissions for SeriesFest: Season 5 are now open!


The SeriesFest team is excited to announce that it’s submission time for Season 5. This year’s festival will take place June 21-26, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. SeriesFest is the must-attend destination for episodic content creators to showcase their new pilots and network with top industry leaders.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling deadline. See individual categories for more details on submission materials, cost and deadlines. 

We handle all submissions identically, regardless of which deadline you choose; however, we encourage you to submit as early as possible!

Submission Categories

Independent Pilot Competition

Running Time Options: 18-30min 45-60min

SeriesFest’s Independent Pilot Competition gives a platform for the most innovative pilots out there ranging from 18 to 60 minutes. These series will compete across three genres: Comedy, Drama and Unscripted for various awards including Best Pilot and the illustrious Audience Award.

Digital Short Series

Running Time Options: Less than 15min

Some of the most innovative storytelling now resides in the digital space. SeriesFest is looking to find and honor exciting new digital series with episodes under 15 minutes.

Late Night

Running Time Options: 30min or less

SeriesFest’s Late Night Competition is defined as live action or animated programs featuring the strange, absurd, comedic, sketch, or “what the hell?”

Storytellers Initiative

Running Time Options: 15min

SeriesFest is thrilled to partner once again with Elysium Bandini Studios to discover creative, fresh writers as part of our Storytellers Initiative. What excites us most for Season 5 is the opportunity to explore short form series with a strong point of view and bold characters. In order to qualify, interested writers are encouraged to submit pilot scripts with episodes running less than 15 minutes (minimum 15 - maximum 20 pages) and a series bible.

Women Directing Mentorship

Running Time Options:

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to partner to launch the Women Directing Mentorship -- a competition designed to discover aspiring female directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. The Women Directing Mentorship initiative is anchored with the prestigious opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series and a $5,000 stipend to use during the duration of their mentorship. Submissions are open now through March 4, 2019. Winner will be announced in June 2019 at SeriesFest: Season 5. 

Need more info?

View Submission FAQs