NVTVF’s Independent Pilot Competition

NVTVF’s Independent Pilot Competition

Every year, NVTVF accepts independently-produced television pilots and web series from around the world for exposure, awards and development deals with Lionsgate, NatGeo, the Travel Channel, and Sundance Channel, to name a few. IPC submissions should be between 4 and 22 minutes in length, and all genres are welcome (Comedy, Unscripted, Drama, Family, Animation, etc).

If submitting an unscripted/docu-series pilot, sizzle reels and/or character tapes are allowed. Official Selections in the IPC have the exclusive opportunity to screen in competition at the annual New York Television Festival, held each fall in NYC.

The NYTVF exists as a year-round development incubator, providing independent artists with multiple opportunities to create, share and showcase their best and most promising ideas. Each year the NYTVF offers creators opportunities to showcase their original pilots and web series through the annual Independent Pilot Competition and stand-alone sponsored initiatives.

What is the Independent Pilot Competition?

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The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual competition, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and web series from around the globe. Official Selections from the IPC will screen in competition during the annual New York Television Festival each fall. IPC Official Selections are eligible for the competition's category and individual achievement awards as well as guaranteed development deals from Festival Development Partners.

What are Sponsored Initiatives?

Throughout the year, the NYTVF collaborates with networks, studios, and brands to provide exclusive submission opportunities for indie creators to get into business with industry partners. These sponsored initiatives allow creators to tailor their original projects exclusively with a particular partner in mind. In each case, the partner will guarantee a deal for at least one project selected.

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