7:00am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
SeriesFest Unveils TV Pilot Competition Selections (Exclusive)
SeriesFest has unveiled the official selections for this year's independent TV pilot competition.
The international television festival, which is held in Denver, will showcase picks by emerging and established creators and directors. A total of 26 titles across comedy, drama and unscripted entries will compete for best pilot, actor, actress, director and writer, along with an audience award and a brand-new best unscripted award.
Among the talent from this year’s pilots: Nigel Barker, Michael Buscemi, Kevin Corrigan, Kyle Dunnigan, Melonie Diaz, Nathan Fillion, Linda Hamilton, Doug Jones, Wayne Knight, Terence Nance, Julie Klausner, Deirdre O'Connell, William Sadler, Horatio Sanz, Nick Searcy, Sasha Spielberg, Nick Thurston, Alan Tudyk and Reggie Watts. A full list of the selections can be found on SeriesFest's website.
SeriesFest has also expanded its honors to include new digital series of shortform content as well as late-night offerings. The inaugural digital short series competition will feature nine ingenious projects that deserve to be discovered. Programs will screen June 28, with a jury awarding the top prize of best episodic short.
Meanwhile, the late-night competition will bring together a selection of absurd offerings for a not-safe-for-work viewing experience — with complimentary beer for all attendees. Presented in partnership with Adult Swim, SeriesFest is hoping to find the next Tim and Eric, Robot Chicken or Childrens Hospital. The jury will award the prize of best late-night series to one of the seven that will also screen June 28.
"SeriesFest was created in order to celebrate and provide a dedicated platform for storytelling and serialized content. We are excited to have these extraordinary stories from across the globe be accessible and discoverable to the industry and audiences," Randi Kleiner, founder and CEO of SeriesFest, said Thursday in a statement. "With the expansion of the festival to include shortform and late-night works, we continue to celebrate the many ways independent content can be experienced and give it a voice where it might not have otherwise."
SeriesFest kicks off its third iteration at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 27 with an opening night celebrating the 1990s. The evening features performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common and En Vogue, along with the world-premiere special screening of “Isn’t it Ironic?,” the music episode from CNN's upcoming The Nineties.