SeriesFest: Season 7 will feature a hybrid 2021 festival taking place in Denver and online from June 24–July 11. From June 24–June 30, 2021 the annual SeriesFest will take place in Denver, Colorado with six full days of in-competition screenings, panels, network sneak-peeks, and premieres.
Official selections in the Independent Pilots, Digital Short Series, Pitch-A-Thon!, Storytellers, Collegiate Creator, and Late Night competitions will be featured during in-person dates. These selections will then screen virtually from June 28–July 11 to compete for the illustrious National Audience Award.
“In recognizing the global impact of how COVID-19 has greatly affected storytellers and their projects — including production halts and disrupted festival premiere plans — we have strategized a unique Season 7 at SeriesFest,” said Programming Director, Claire Taylor. “New programs and initiatives, which highlight independent series that have been affected or even inspired by the challenges of the past year will be a focus of the digital festival, while popular programs like the Independent Pilot Competition, Late Night and Storytellers will remain a part of the in-person experience audiences and industry professionals have grown to love.”
Exclusive virtual content and new competitions will be highlighted as part of the online program, available on SeriesFest’s virtual platform for the entire 18 days. These new initiatives include: Next In Queue: A Spotlight on Podcasts, which focuses on original serialized audio stories that highlight bold and innovative new voices; Pilots In Progress — in partnership with Seed&Spark, where creators can virtually and securely screen rough cuts of their content for feedback from fellow creators, with an 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; and The Smartphone Series and Short Film Competition, which is an opportunity for creators using their smartphones to create innovative episodic and short form content.
“After the success of this year’s virtual SeriesFest experience, we wish to continue to be a platform that includes accessibility, and one that fosters and builds on the desire audiences have to engage with episodic content the way they like, at home, on their laptop, or wherever and however they find us,” said SeriesFest CEO, Randi Kleiner. “By pivoting to the hybrid festival experience, we are confident we will remain a trusted destination for meaningful conversations and provide a much needed forum for creatives to share, engage, and celebrate their experiences and innovative stories with audiences, both in-person and online.”
In addition to the traditional and new offerings, we are proud to announce a partnership with Level Forward and the creation of the Level Forward Impact Award. The Level Forward Impact Award will be given to the episodic pilot and team who demonstrate, on top of their commitment to creative excellence, a thoughtful, thorough and deliberate approach to using storytelling as a means of leveling the playing field for underrepresented people including women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA and alternatively abled voices. The Award includes one year of development in partnership with Level Forward. In keeping with Level Forward’s mission to advance the access, opportunity, and influence of storytelling, the program identifies compelling and entertaining pilots that have incorporated this ethos into the fabric of their process and project.
“SeriesFest and Level Forward are aligned in rewarding more thoughtful, thorough and deliberate approaches to storytelling,” said Level Forward CEO and Co-Founder, Adrienne Becker. “We know first-hand how difficult it can be to take the extra time and spend the extra dollar to tell stories through a leveling lens. To those who do, this award acknowledges and honors your example, and commits to continue exploring ways of systematizing and incentivizing the equity of opportunity. The Level Forward Impact Award will be another step in that direction.”
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