Colorado Creatives Strike Gold With SeriesFest Season 4

  Hey Denver actor/director/writer/producer/filmmaker/creative types! Are you living and working your craft in Colorado because it’s awesome, but wishing you had a few NY/LA opportunities? Lucky you! SeriesFest Season 4 returns […]

June 22, 2018 // Tracy Shaffer // No Comments //


Hey Denver actor/director/writer/producer/filmmaker/creative types! Are you living and working your craft in Colorado because it’s awesome, but wishing you had a few NY/LA opportunities? Lucky you! SeriesFest Season 4 returns to Denver this weekend and it’s landed on your doorstep.

SeriesFest is five days of see-it-here-first TV magic, where the Hollywood movers meet International/Indie shakers… on Colfax. Often referred to as the “Sundance of TV”, SeriesFest quickly grew from great idea to the number one place for independent pilots, web content creators, and Big Boy cable/networks to see-and-be-screened. One of my favorite summer events, June 22-27th, the SIE Film Center delights and amazes with the intense creativity that fills its screens and the camaraderie that spills into its Henderson Lounge. For the past three seasons I’ve wondered where the Denver Creative Community is and why aren’t they here? Of course many partake, but I know plenty of talented content creators who really should be here! SeriesFest offers a world renowned opportunity to mingle with those who’ve made your dream come true for themselves and learn from those who can help you do it, too.

Season 4 brings Denver natives, Jake D. Williamson and Britt Chandler Johnson home as they hit the mother lode with their indie pilot entry,  Adventure Capital. Grads of the Dakota Ridge High School drama department, the New York transplant duo has been collaborating for years: a musical showcase here, a short film there, until one day while walking through Central Park, Jake came upon a game of Quiddich.  Hmmm… Jake called his favorite Eagle/collaborator to jaw over the idea and soon an idea was hatched, a Kickstarter launched. Fresh off of an Audience Favorite Award-winning stint at New Jersey’s Lighthouse International Film Festival, Britt and Jake tell me “SeriesFest was our number one top priority festival to get in to”.  Adventure Capital follows  Hale Hill, recently fired from the world’s biggest financial firm, as he exploits the dubious talents of a team of cosplay sport nerds. Part of the Independent Pilot Competition in Comedy Block 4, Adventure Capital screening will be followed by a Q &A with its creators.

Founders, Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook are “dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest emerging voices in television in an effort to build a global marketplace for episodic content”. The 2018 fest, billed as the “Year of Impact”, promises punch through celebration, professional panels and creator workshops to engage, empower and educate the novice, the pro and the fan. You’ll learn from top female Show Runners, how to Navigate the Digital Freeway, get the jump on A Branded New World, hear about the global impact of Virtual Reality, and get some tips on keeping your dream alive and funding your Indie Episodic.

There are a million reasons to get yourself to SeriesFest this week: take a peek at what’s happening on small screens around the world with the International Spotlight, catch the great selection of Digital Shorts and the strange, absurd offerings of the Late Night Competition, or join Grammy Award-winning country trio, Lady Antebellum at Red Rocks for a live performance and a special screening of Paramount Network’s new original series, Yellowstone, starring Academy Award-winner, Kevin Costner, who may or may not be in the house.

I’m personally looking forward to the closing night festivities. SeriesFest in partnership with Elysium Bandini Studios and Parallel Entertainment, scoured more than a hundred script submissions from comedy writers in search of fresh scripts for their Storytellers Initiative. This spring three finalists were flown to L.A. for a two-day workshop with established industry experts and the winning script, Volunteer, will receive honors closing the week with a live reading at The Comedy Works, and I’m a proud participant. Above and beyond, the Storytellers Initiative winning scripts receive an exclusive development deal with the presenting sponsors and the opportunity for a professionally produced pilot presentation.

This vortex of imagination called SeriesFest “Where Discovery Happens”, is a must-attend event for those who love and work in television, proving it is more than glitter… it’s gold.

Festival Passes, VIP events and single screening tickets available here.


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