Feature film directors venturing into series

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SERIESMAKERS is a new creative initiative which focuses on feature film directors who venture into the world of series created by Series Mania Forum & BETA Group.

SERIESMAKERS will select ten teams with an idea for a scripted TV series to participate in a tailor-made training program focused on developing a full pitch deck. Experienced mentors and A-list directors, showrunners, writers, and producers will guide new series creatives in online workshops.

At the end of the Program, a Jury will award two teams with a € 50,000 (fifty thousand Euros) award each to develop a pilot script and a bible with additional creative support. In addition, a new award of €20,000 for emerging talent introduced by the Kirch Foundation will be established to the Beta award for two selected projects of €50,000 each.

The awarded teams will be presented at Series Mania Forum 2023 and will be given the opportunity to participate at Series Mania Forum 2024 to present their projects.


  • The teams must consist of two creatives each: a director and a producer, or a director and a writer.
  • The directors are required to have a minimum of one feature-film (fiction only) screened in the official selection of an A-list film festival in the past five years (2017-2022).


  • Scripted TV series based on an original idea or a secured underlying property
  • First seasons only
  • Early stage of development
  • Number of episodes: min. 4 episodes, max. 12 episodes
  • Length: min. 30 minutes, max. 60 minutes per episode
  • Genres: all genres, e.g., drama, comedy, period, crime, sci-fi


  • Applications open: June 13, 2022
  • Applications close: September 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm (CET)
  • Notification of participants: no later than October 31, 2022
  • First workshop (online): November 14-16, 2022
  • Second workshop (online): January 23-25, 2023


  • For submission, the Rules and Regulations* must be accepted.
  • The application form must be fully completed.
  • Only applications in English will be accepted.
  • All elements must be submitted at once. After submission, it is not possible to edit the application.
  • Only one submission per applicant team will be considered.
  • Submission and participation in the Program are free of charge.


Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Short pitch deck of the series consisting of logline and synopsis, characters, story arch, creator/s’s note, tone and style, filmographies of applicants (in English only, max. 10 pages total).
  • Please consider the mandatory formatting: A4, Calibri, 11 pt, 1.15 line spacing, margins min. 2.0 cm all sides.


If you have any questions, please consult the FAQ page or send an email to seriesmakers@seriesmania.com.

*Rules and regulations may be subject to change.