Stareable Fest is the premier annual indie TV and web series festival in the US and the new home for digital creative talent in the TV industry. We honor the year’s best content, and provide a space for the next generation of creators to connect with industry executives, grow their network, learn new skills, and build community.

Over the last three years of our festival, we’ve set up curated 1:1s between our Official Selections and senior execs at:

  • HBO
  • Disney
  • AMC Networks
  • Comedy Central
  • NBC Universal
  • UTA
  • Untitled
  • Warner Bros
  • PBS
  • BBC America
  • Group Nine

All Official Selections will be considered for meetings with industry executives as part of the Stareable Fest Marketplace. Our award winners having been acquired by major networks, studios, and platforms.

Date: October 14 to 17, 2021

Location: PUBLIC Hotel, NYC (tentative) + Virtual

Early deadline: March 12, 2021

For sponsorship, media, and volunteer inquiries, or if you are a filmmaking organization wishing to partner, please email

Submission categories:

  • Scripted live-action comedy
  • Scripted live-action drama
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror
  • Documentary/Non-fiction
  • Animation
  • Kids
  • Reality/Lifestyle
  • True crime
  • Game show/Competition

Awards for:

  • Best in Category
  • Best Female Creator (Sponsored by AMC Networks. Finalists will meet with AMC Networks executives about their projects.)
  • Writing
  • Acting
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Innovation in storytelling (i.e. new media (interactive/transmedia) elements)

We only accept streaming, episodic, and English language or English-subtitled shows.

Please only submit your best work - projects are judged based on the overall quality of the entirety of your submission.

Official Selections will be screened at Stareable Fest provided that the screener is under 30 minutes in length.

Stareable Fest 2021 is currently anticipated to be an in-person physical event but may be virtual as the situation requires. Marketplace meetings will be offered both in-person or virtually. While Stareable Fest will make best efforts to maintain our current plans, we cannot offer refunds if our plans change.

90-second Pitch Competition Details

The 90-second pitch should feature 1–2 creators pitching their concept directly into the camera in one continuous shot. One may not use previously-filmed footage that has been cut together. Finalists will recreate their pitch live at Stareable Fest 2021 to a panel of industry executives (last year, this included IFC TV, AMC Studios, and Comedy Central). Entrants will be judged on the originality of their show concepts and why they are the right person(s) to execute this vision.

For ideas on what judges look for, watch the 2018 live pitch competition or the 2020 online pitch competition.