Great Contest for TV Writers, Filmmakers, & Online Content Creators

Hey, screenwriters– just got this notice from the New York TV Festival, which is a terrific up-and-coming TV festival (and there aren’t many of those– most TV festivals are totally bogus… but this one has some good traction and support)…

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions to the fourth annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC). The NYTVF, held each fall in Midtown Manhattan, is the first-ever independent television showcase, uniting prominent industry figures, artists, and TV fans in one forum. This year’s NYTVF will be held in September, on dates to be announced soon.

This year, the NYTVF has instituted a number of important changes to the IPC. The most significant change is that the IPC will now accept pilot entries between 5 minutes and 22 minutes in length, reduced from between 15 and 22 minutes. The reason for this shift is simple. The NYTVF recognizes that television is evolving into new and emerging platforms, and the opportunities for our artists to create television content for new media outlets have never been greater. We feel it is a service to our pilot-makers to give them the flexibility to create pilots tailored to these platforms while still allowing them to present ideas for more conventional television developers. For more questions about this change, please do not hesitate to contact the Festival directly at submissions08@nytvf.com.

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Official Selections to the 2007 Independent Pilot Competition were screened directly for development execs, agents, and producers throughout the TV industry. Additionally, all pilots were broadcast online on MSN Video for viewers all over the country to enjoy, maximizing the exposure our artists received for their work. As with previous years, a number of independent pilot-makers met with top development people and were signed by major talent agencies as a direct result of being featured at the NYTVF. As part of artist initiatives launched in 2007, selected pilot-makers named to the NYTVF Fellowship program have the opportunity to enter mentorships with top producers, such as Tom Fontana, Mitchell Hurwitz, Michael Davies, and Phil Rosenthal. The artists also have the opportunity to screen their pilots at international TV festivals in places such as Edinburgh and Rio de Janeiro.

The NYTVF accepts pilots of all categories and genres, both scripted and unscripted. We encourage our artists to push the boundaries of conventional genres, such as comedy, drama, and reality shows, and to create innovative, original programs that take risks. For more information, please visit www.nytvf.com.

There has never been a greater demand for original, quality content, and the NYTVF is dedicated to giving artists a platform for showcasing their work to the decision-makers in the industry. We hope you will join with us in advancing this new artistic movement.

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