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Going into its eighth year, SeriesFest’s Pitch-a-thon program provides independent content creators with an opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media and digital executives in hopes of moving their unproduced projects forward. Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos spoke to the importance of fine-tuning your pitch during his SeriesFest: Season 5 Innovation Talk:

“I love that you have pitch sessions here because that is the one thing they don’t teach you in film school, they don’t teach you in college and it turns out to be probably the most important function of creating a show and getting it on the air is this 30 to 60 minute meeting that you’ll have with a programmer that you will be able to passionately sell. And it’s a real sales job and you either close or you don’t in the room mostly.” - Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos

Check out the video below to hear more highlights from his discussion with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries:



Submissions for SeriesFest: Season 8 open on September 21st. Please carefully review the deadlines, material requirements and guidelines listed below and on our FilmFreeway page. Fill out your applications and get your projects end before the final deadline. Got questions? Check out our Submission FAQs or email us at info@seriesfest.com.


In the weeks leading up to SeriesFest, creators selected for the Pitch-A-Thon, will participate in a two part virtual workshop to hone their pitch skills. Creators will be paired with an industry mentor as well as participate in an exclusive workshop led by the Working Artists Group.


Official selections for the Pitch-A-Thon will also be eligible to be selected for a Writers Room with Unreal Media. One pitch will be selected to participate in a three-day workshop and month-long follow-up led by Unreal Media with the goal of producing pitch-ready scripted episodic content.

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Key Dates and Fees

  Earlybird Deadline
Nov 11, 2021
Regular Deadline
Jan 27, 2022
Final Deadline
Mar 03, 2022
Standard $25 $30 $50
FilmFreeway Gold Member $20 $25 $45
Student $15 $20 $40
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Pilot Script

Pitch Video

3-5 minute video submission of Creator(s) pitching their project

Entry Fee
See above.

Series Format Deck

The Series Format Deck is a 2-15 page document that includes a logline, series regular recurring character descriptions, and a Season One story arch or future episode descriptions. 

Series Format Deck should be uploaded to the application page under "Files & Attachments."

Please note, entry materials will not be returned.

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