Independent Pilot Competition

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.

Key Dates and Fees

Dec 01, 2017
Feb 09, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
WAB Extended
Mar 02, 2018
Basic $40 $60 $85 $105
WAB $35 $55 $80 $100
Student $20 $25 $50 $75
Fees are paid through the Withoutabox submission process.

Entry Materials

Produced Pilot

Submitted via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener system. All entries must be between either (18) minutes and (30) minutes in length or (45) minutes and (60) minutes in length.

Completed and Signed Application Form

To be completed within Withoutabox’s submission process.

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Series Bible

The bible is a 2-20 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.

Must be emailed with the Project Title and Tracking Number in the subject line to

Press Kit Material

Any available press kit material.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned. Submit at withoutabox

Need more info?

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Pilots are in competition for jury and audience awards, along with cash prizes.

Submit at withoutabox


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Season 3 Winners  
Independent Pilot Competition

PPL: Wizard Oz


Best Pilot in an Unscripted Series

Public Housing Unit


Best Actress in a Drama: Destini Huston

Best Writer in a Drama: Daniel Willis & Patrick Wimp

Up North


Best Pilot in a Drama

Best Actor in a Drama: Ian Duff

Best Director in a Drama: Emil Pinnock & Damaine Radcliff

Audience Award

According to My Mother


Best Actress in a Comedy: Alexis Rhee

Giving Up


Best Pilot in a Comedy

Best Director in a Comedy: Kris Lefcoe

The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo


Best Writer in a Comedy: Brian Jordan Alvarez

The Holdouts


Best Actor in a Comedy: Kevin Corrigan



El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award

Season 3 Judges

Cheri Barner

Talent Manager

Rebecca Blumhagen


Kesila Childers

Director of Original Content Development, Vimeo

Scott Mantz

Film Critic

Chike Okonkwo


Bryn Sandberg

Journalist, The Hollywood Reporter