Serielizados Fest - Call for Series 2024: Rules and regulations

Call for series 2024: Rules and regulations

INTRODUCTION

The 11th edition of Serielizados Fest, International TV Series Festival, will take place from 15 to 20 October 2024 in Barcelona. Since its creation, Serielizados Fest has been selecting series from different origins and formats to select the bulk of its programme. The festival is divided into different sections and includes a competition in the official section. From 20 March 2024 to 28 June 2024 we are opening this Open Call with the aim of receiving projects that fit in with our programme criteria and its different sections. 

 

During the festival, events and screenings will take place in Barcelona, and our selection of series and documentaries will also be available for a limited time period on the VOD platform Filmin. It is geoblocked, protected and only available to users in Spain. Serielizados Fest is open to professional guests and press, but our main goal is to reach the general TV-loving public who want to discover what’s new around the world.

SECTIONS

  • International Competition: Productions from outside Spain, innovative and recent, produced as of 2023. They must consist of a first season that has not been premiered in Spain, in any other festival or on any platform/channel. The series admitted will be titles whose episodes exceed 20 minutes in length and comprise any type of format or genre. The section establishes an official competition in which various prizes will be awarded. 

 

  • National Competition: Productions original from Spain and recent, produced as of 2023. They must consist of a first season that has not been premiered in Spain in any other festival or platform/channel. The series admitted will be titles whose episodes exceed 20 minutes in length and comprise any type of format or genre. The section establishes an official competition in which various prizes will be awarded. The final selection of this section will not be required to be shown online at Filmin

 

  • International Panorama: Interesting discoveries, recently produced between 2022 and 2024. This section is non-competitive and is made up of international series whose episodes exceed 20 minutes in length and include any type of format or genre, in addition to being titles that have never been released in Spain.

 

  • Documentary Films: Documentary films about TV actors, writers or comedians, or about pop culture related to TV consumption (for instance, previously selected documentaries: Chuck Norris vs Communism, The Problem with Apu or The Sopranos Sessions). Preferably unpublished documentaries in Spain.

 

  • Short Form: Recently produced series, between 2022 and 2024, with episodes under 20 minutes in length. Both national and international series are accepted, preferably unpublished in Spain.

AWARDS

Serielizados Fest will award different prizes in its competitive sections granted by juries formed by a minimum of three people. The final composition of each jury will be announced on the dates prior to the festival. The festival reserves the option to modify the number of awards depending on the final selection of titles. The different awards are listed below:

 

  • International Competition – Jury Awards: Awarded by a jury of industry professionals from different fields and backgrounds, such as screenwriters and showrunners, actors and actresses, specialized journalists or producers and distributors, on the series that make up the International Official Selection.

    • Best series
    • Best cast
    • Best script

 

  • National Competition – Jury Awards: Awarded by a jury composed by industry professionals from different fields and backgrounds, such as screenwriters and showrunners, actors and actresses, specialized journalists or producers and distributors, on the series that make up the National Official Selection. 
    • Best series
    • Best cast
    • Best script 
  • Young Jury Award: Awarded by a jury formed by students that will watch one of the competitive sections of the Festival and grant the Young Jury Award to the best series of that section.
  • Audience Award: Awarded through popular vote by the audience attending the live screening of the competitive sections.

INSCRIPTION TO OPEN CALL

Project submission is free of charge and must be done via this form.

 

To be eligible to participate, series longer than 35 minutes must include at least the first 2 episodes; series shorter than 35 minutes must include at least the first 3 episodes. Works in progress, with advanced progress, are accepted. This status of the production must be indicated at the time of registration, in the corresponding line of the form. The section in which the project is to be entered must also be specified, although, in the event of being selected, the Programming Committee reserves the right to decide the final section in which the work will be included.

 

The person submitting the project and including their details on the form must be duly authorized to do so. By filling in the form, you accept the terms and conditions of entry to the festival. Filling in the form implies sending viewing links (they may be password-protected) in order to be able to evaluate the project. Registration in this Open Call phase does not imply final participation in the Festival. The Festival reserves the right to make the final selection based on the programming criteria set by the Programming Committee.

 

The festival accepts drama, comedy, animation and documentary series. All series and feature films must include English subtitles, except for those projects that are already in Catalan, Spanish or English.

 

Submissions open with the publication of these Rules and Regulations, and close on June the 28th at 23:59 (CET).

PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT OF SELECTION

The production company or distributor of the selected series and documentaries will be contacted and will receive an entry form. Serielizados Fest will also offer a proposal for the direction of the section and the day, time, place and conditions of screening (Barcelona / Filmin) for the approval of the production/distribution company. Submission to the festival implies the acceptance of the Rules and Regulations of Serielizados Fest.

 

Once selected, the series and documentaries must provide the Festival with high quality publicity material: photographs, posters, press kits, trailers, teasers, etc., so that the Festival can promote them. The Festival reserves the right not to return these materials.

 

All Serielizados Fest screenings whose original language is not Spanish or Catalan must be subtitled in these languages. Participants are therefore obliged to provide the Festival with English or Spanish subtitle tracks (if available) or separate dialogue lists. In case they are not available in English, other languages will be considered for translation into Spanish and Catalan.

 

  • Screening material: Projects selected for the 10th edition of Serielizados Fest must send the festival the agreed number of episodes (or in the case of documentary films, the film in its entirety) in digital format, with the following characteristics:

 

    • Projects with on-site screening: Master ProRes HD (or UHD) 422 with the VO in 5.1 + 2.0 at 25 or 24 fps. Depending on whether the screening venue allows DCP format, the Festival will proceed to its creation from the Master ProRes copy provided. If a DCP has already been created, its use will also be considered.
    • Projects with online projection: Codec: H264 | Format: MP4 | Aspect: 16:9 or 4/3 | Height: 1080px | AVG Bitrate: 10MBPS at 15MBPS | Sound: 5.1 AAC 48Hz 320 or stereo (only 1 audio track mixed) | Framerate: 24 or 25fps.

 

In the event of providing a screening copy on physical support, the Festival commits to return this copy as soon as possible after the end of the event. The Festival organisers reserve the right to keep the digital files used for archival purposes.

 

Serielizados Fest’s Rules and Regulations could be changed by the organization, in case of emergency, prior to the 11th edition of Serielizados Fest.

 

For any questions regarding your participation in Serielizados Fest, please send an email to submissions coordinator, Guillem F. Marí: guillem@szsfest.com