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That's a wrap on SeriesFest: Season 7!

July 16, 2021

And that’s a wrap on our second virtual celebration of episodic storytelling!

We never thought we’d be holding a second virtual festival, and once again have been humbled by the tremendous strength and passion this online community exudes. Together, we produced and celebrated 18 days of exclusive content from across the globe, with 9 panel conversations, 6 innovation talks, 19 special screenings, 56 independent pilots and so much more.

We’d like to begin by thanking all of the industry experts, independent creators, producers and teams behind the works that made this year’s program so special – as usual, we were blown away by the talent and innovation that we’ve seen across the entirety of Season 7. A special thanks also goes to our partners, as well as the Champion Pass holders, for supporting our mission to celebrate independent and industry creators pushing boundaries and bringing bold, episodic storytelling to our screens. We couldn't do this without you! 

Well, guess that’s everything for now... Stay safe folks, and we look forward to welcoming you back in person for
#WhatsNext at SeriesFest: Season 8.

- The SeriesFest Team 

Thank you for attending the SeriesFest: Season 7 virtual celebration of episodic storytelling. We appreciate your support and hope this year’s programming left your inner storyteller feeling energized and inspired. Your feedback helps us to continue to provide valuable opportunities for creators and industry experts to connect, collaborate and share stories beyond the festival.

Please complete the survey below by
Tuesday, July 27th and you will be entered to win one (1) VIP Pass to SeriesFest: Season 8. Winner will be notified via email on Friday, July 30th.


Drumroll please! You’ve had your say, and we are thrilled to reveal the SeriesFest: Season 7 Audience Award Winners are…

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to be partnering yet again on this essential scheme.

The competition is designed to discover aspiring female directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. 

The mentorship 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


A reminder that you can still submit your story to the Spotlight Your Town initiative, which aims to empower independent creators to use their art form to spotlight the timely political and social justice issues happening in their hometowns. Spotlight Your Town supports an inclusive group of unscripted storytellers creating authentic, community-driven stories that embody the breadth and diversity of the people and places they represent.

The winning artist(s) will receive a
$20,000 grant to be applied to their production as well as an opportunity to pitch to National Geographic Documentary Films and unscripted teams in 1:1 curated meetings as well as receive a 6-month mentorship with Steve James. Additionally, a $10,000 grant will be awarded to a nonprofit organization that aligns with the cause of the winning artists' concept! What are you waiting for? Apply now!

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