TV Series Festival Berlin

The TV SERIES FESTIVAL in Berlin is an international festival exclusively dedicated to series and with international guests and talents from around the globe. We are creating a long-lasting transfer between education and entertainment, reaching different target-groups, participants and visitors. With creative days and emotional experiences we are welcoming the masters of cinema as our guests at the TV SERIES FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018.

Long-form storytelling does not only shape a generation, it holds it together as one. This is one of many reasons why we are celebrating serial narrative, and its power with the TV DRAMA SEMINAR - taught by Hollywood Story Authority John Truby and an Intensive Acting Seminar and Masterclass on directing with 2 times Oscar winning writer/director Paul Haggis, including our 3 day TV-TALK Conference + mini workshops and TED TALKS June 7-9, 2018, with great national and international talents, and German Premieres.

Awards & Prizes
Best Documentary Series / Docu-Series

Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest 2018// Screenplay Contest
Best Mini-Series Screenplay Pilot
Best Web Series Screenplay Pilot

The 2nd Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest, 2018
We're excited to announce that the Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest goes into the second round with the StoryUP mentorship program (4 months accelerator) with great educational support of 10 industry experts, teachers, professors and talents. The StoryUP accelerator will give the winner guidance for the period of 2 months. Send us your story bible, your pilot and a scene footage if you have already shot something.

What Screenplay (PILOTS) we are looking for
1.Best Mini-Series
2.Best Web-Series
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Emerging writers with a unique vision and a genuine voice can submit their pilot, and story bible in mentioned categories. Whether you're a veteran writer wanting to explore new paths in storytelling and genre mixes, or an upcoming talent, who wants to leave his/her mark on the current TV and VOD market with great talent in their craft; this contest is for you.

Rules & Terms
All independently produced Documentaries will be considered.

Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway only. All submitters must be 18 + years old. The entry fees are not refundable and do not guarantee a placement in our festival screening schedule.

Every docu-series may participate, no matter when it was created or distributed.

At least two episodes have to be completed at the time of submission to qualify as a series. If only one episode exist, you are not allowed to submit your documentary or we will not consider your submission. All submissions must contain english subtitles if shot in a different language.

The running time of each individual Docu-Series episode should not exceed 45 minutes. The episodes to be screened will be selected by the festival team. For each docu-series we can only guarantee 45 minutes of screening time.

The submission must contain full episodes. Trailers are not allowed.
Each applicant may submit more than one Docu-Series, however they must be submitted separately.

The organizing committee and jury members may not submit to „TV SERIES FESTIVAL Berlin“.

All festival selection, nomination and award decisions made by the festival team and the jury are final.

All submission must be the intellectual property of the submitter, or submitters must have permission for use of all content rights including music contained in their Docu-Series.

Proxy submissions are not allowed.

„TV SERIES FESTIVAL (TVSFBerlin) and mark dreesen entertainment“ reserve the rights to use submitted content (including name, logo, posters and video clips) of the selected docu-series for screening, presentation of awards and promotion.

Participants of „Pitch-Your-Pilot Contest“ and Documentary Submissions agree to not hold the festival, its employees, directors and representatives responsible for any losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the contest and event or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair