12:13pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
SeriesFest Announces 'Storytellers Initiative' Script Competition Winner (Exclusive)
Denver-based television festival SeriesFest has named a winner for its inaugural script competition, the Storyteller's Initiative.
Taking home gold is Reggie Henke's Dump, an animated comedy about a vast and fantastic landfill populated by filthy creatures with even filthier mouths. Scriptwriter Henke will receive a development deal with Parallel Entertainment and YayBig, who together partnered with the TV festival to find fresh and creative comedy writers through the competition.
“We were very impressed with all the finalists, but Reggie’s unique voice and freakishly imaginative mind jumped off the page, and it became clear we had something special,” said Parallel Entertainment's Liz Bartels.
SeriesFest received hundreds of script submissions, which they narrowed down to 35 semi-finalists and eventually a group of four finalists, who competed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on June 20. There they took part in creative workshops with established industry professionals and a reading of their pilot done by professional actors in front of a live audience.