+ What are the program’s objectives?
SERIESMAKERS is a new creative initiative that focuses on feature film directors who venture into the world of scripted TV series. The objective is to support talents working on a new scripted TV series. The ten selected teams create a full pitch deck for a new project during the program. Two out of the ten selected projects will be awarded a € 50,000 (fifty thousand Euros) award each. The two awarded teams will be presented at Series Mania and will develop a pilot script and a bible with further creative support. In 2024, the two awarded teams will also present their projects at Series Mania.
+ Can I apply as an individual?
No, only teams of director-producer or director-writer are eligible.
+ Can I apply with multiple projects?
As a director, you can only submit one project. As a producer or writer, you can submit more than one project. Each project must be submitted individually.
+ Which genres are eligible?
All genres of scripted TV series are eligible.
+ Our project is an adaptation. Can we apply?
Yes, you will, however, need to prove that rights to the underlying property are either obtained or may be obtained through the execution of an existing option in order to develop and produce the project.
+ Can projects that have participated in other workshops be eligible to SERIESMAKERS?
Yes, projects that have participated in other workshops before are eligible to SERIESMAKERS if they are at an early development stage, according to the projects’ requirements (6.2 in Rules and Regulations).
+ I live outside of Europe. Can I apply?
Yes, SERIESMAKERS is a worldwide Program.
+ The original language of my project will not be English. Can I apply?
Yes. The original language of the developed project can be in any language. However, the communication language of the program is English. All materials at all steps of the program must be in English. Translation costs,if any,are not borne by SERIESMAKERS.
+ The story of my project is set outside of Europe. Can I apply?
Yes, all settings are eligible.
+ Can we submit with co-producer(s) or financiers on board?
Yes, you may submit such projects provided that you own rights to the submitted project. A co-producer or financier as applicant will, however, not be eligible for the program.
+ Can a director and a writer apply for an adaptation, knowing that the adaptation rights are held by their producer and not them directly?
Yes, you can apply. However, please mention who holds the IP rights in the comments section on the application form. With adaptations, we may ask you to prove in writing that rights are secured. You can refer to section 9 – Intellectual Property in the Rules and Regulations regarding a project’s rights requirements.
+ I had a feature-length documentary screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years. Can I apply?
No, the director must have had at least one feature film (fiction only) screened in an official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years.
+ I have one feature film selected in an official selection of an A-list film festival during the past five years but OUT OF competition. Can I apply?
Yes, you can apply to SERIESMAKERS if your film has been part of an A-list film festival’s official selection (in or out of the competition).
+ As a producer or a writer, I have a feature film screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival. However, the director did not have a feature film screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years. Can we apply as a team?
No, it is required that the director had at least one feature film (fiction only) screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years.
+ I am only available for the program to a limited extent. However, my team partner would be present throughout. Can we apply?
No, prior to the commencement of the program, all participants will sign an approval of commitment, stating their full commitment, as well as, availability for the workshops and the development of their project.
+ As a team, we are currently developing a project and already have a full bible and/or pilot script in place. Could we polish it during the program?
No, the program is intended for projects at early stages only.
+ Are there any terms or conditions tied to the awards?
The awards shall be used directly for the development of the bible and the pilot script of the awarded project.
The awarded participants will enter into a co-development and distribution agreement with BETA Group upon terms and conditions to be negotiated in good faith and in accordance with industry standard
+ What happens to the project if one or both participants decide to leave the program?
If the producer or writer decides to leave the program, the position may be replaced in consultation with the program.
If the director decides to leave the program, the team and its project may be disqualified.
+ In addition to the required pitch deck, I would like to add more material to my application. Am I allowed to send/share it via email?
No. Only a pitch deck of the series consisting of logline, synopsis, characters, story arch, creator’s note, tone and style, and filmographies of the applicants (in English only and with a maximum of 10 pages) – is allowed for the application.
+ I’m having trouble uploading my documents for submission. Whom can I contact?
For technical assistance and further inquiries please contact the Series Mania team at email@example.com.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.