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July 15, 2017 deadline to submit for prizes at ITVFest

If you’ve got a script or a series pitch sitting around in your files, but dearly want to put it in front of the producers, suits and creative executives to make it on the TV, then you’ve still got time to submit it for the 2017 ITVFest.

Not much time, though. The deadline is July 15, 2017.

Prizes include development meetings with HBO for the winners, a management option for one of the finalists, and a professional script consultation for the winning screenwriters. If you want to know who might be judging these pitches and scripts, here are the panelists and speakers already confirmed for the 2017 ITVFest.

All submissions must be made electronically via the links on the ITVFest Submission page.

More details? Here you go!

TV Script Competition Submission Details

$30 by June 9th (earlybird), $45 by June 23 (regular), $55 by July 15 (late). To be fair to all writers, we do not grant fee waivers so please do not ask.

– A development meeting with an HBO executive
– Meeting with Josh McGuire of Underground Management
– A one-on-one meeting with professional writers at the Jacob Kreuger Studio in NYC
– (1) Content Creator Festival Pass

This script competition is for Television scripts only – not films!

TV Pilot Competition Submission Details

$55 per project per category. If you submit your project in multiple categories you have to pay the fee multiple times. To be fair to all creators, we do not grant fee waivers so please do not ask.

There are two acceptance categories: 1) Official Screening Selection and 2) Network Notes. A screening acceptance means your project has been selected to screen at the festival. A network notes acceptance means your project has not been accepted to screen at the festival but has been selected for a free development meeting with one of our judges/executives to give you the notes and feedback about the project for future consideration.

We have no premiere requirements. All projects are welcome to submit regardless of being previously screened at other festivals. Our focus is simply on finding the world’s best shows and talent.

Projects selected to screen receive 1 live Q&A at the festival plus 2 complimentary Content Creator passes which give full access to the entire festival plus access to private VIP only parties for talent and industry executives. Attendance is required for festival screening. Additional passes for cast, crew, family and friends are not included.


Television – Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Reality

Webseries – Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Reality

Short Film

Documentary Film


Television pilot submissions should be single pilot episodes between 22-30 (ish)  minutes (for half-hours) or 42-50(ish) minutes (for hour-longs).

Web series submissions should have either: (1) a minimum of 3 episodes of any length or (2) two episodes totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time.

Short films should be a maximum of 25 minutes

Documentary films should be a minimum of 65 minutes

Animation can be TV or web, not to exceed 28 minutes

All genres are welcome except horror/slasher

Winners will be notified Aug. 15, 2017.

The 2017 ITVFest will take place Oct. 11-15, 2017, in Manchester, Vermont.

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