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Storytellers Initiative

For this season of The Storytellers Initiative, SeriesFest is searching for remarkable writers to give voice to the Native American experience in the next best TV pilot competition! 

The Storytellers Initiative TV pilot competition seeks unproduced 30-minute sitcoms that have at least one Native American character and/or writer, represent an authentic Native American voice, and are accurate in Native American portrayals; scripts must be void of stereotypes traditionally associated with Native American peoples. 

Check out what Storytellers Initiative alum Josh Brown had to say about his experience and how it impacted his career:

SUBMISSIONS

The Storytellers Initiative TV pilot competition seeks unproduced 30-minute sitcoms that have at least one Native American character and/or writer, represent an authentic Native American voice, and are accurate in Native American portrayals; scripts must be void of stereotypes traditionally associated with Native American peoples.

FINALISTS

Once submissions are closed, our team of experienced producers, writers, programmers and filmmakers carefully reviews each application and reads each script looking for bold characters, exceptional story structure, and series potential. SeriesFest, The Cherokee Nation Film Office, and Green Pastures Studios work together to identify three finalists for the workshop opportunity and to be in final consideration for the grand prize.


WORKSHOP

The three finalists will take part in a two-day creative workshop with industry experts, which includes sessions on 'how to pitch' and mini writers’ rooms for all three scripts. The goal of this workshop is to allow the teams at Green Pastures Studios, Cherokee Nation Film Office and SeriesFest to further get to know the creators and their skill levels as well as determine the Season 8 Storytellers Initiative winner. 


WINNER(S) & AWARDS

The winning artist(s) will have the opportunity for an exclusive development deal and commitment from Green Pastures Studios to finance and produce the pilot episode in Oklahoma. 

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Key Dates and Fees

  Early bird
Jul 15, 2022
Regular
Aug 19, 2022
Late
Sep 16, 2022
Standard $30 $45 $65
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Accepted Genres
Seeking 30 minute sitcoms! Submissions must be written by or contain at least one Indigeneous character that's authentically represented.

Series Format Deck

Must also include a Series Format Deck to be uploaded to the application page under “Files & Attachments.” The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular and recurring character descriptions, and Season One story arch or future episode descriptions.

Pilot Script
Scripts must be tv pilot, approximately 30 minutes long

Entry Fee

See fee schedule above for details.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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