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.


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. IPC Official Selections are also eligible for the competition's category and individual achievement awards as well as guaranteed development deals from Festival Development Partners.


For more information about submitting to the IPC (including deadlines and reminders), sign up for the NYTVF newsletter HERE.


Trailers and full pilots of previous IPC Selections are available on the NYTVF's Media and Youtube pages.


Submission Info


Click here to download the official rules for the 2014 IPC and an official submission form or Click to submit, Withoutabox.

Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the IPC.

For more details, check out the Submissions F.A.Q. here or Ask the NYTVF.

Awards and Deals

  • Official Selections of the 2014 IPC will be eligible for the following category awards: Comedy, Drama, and Unscripted
  • The following individual acheivement awards will also be awarded: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Writing, and Best Director
  • Official Selections of the 2014 IPC will be eligible for any previously announced Festival Development Awards

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Required Running Times

  • All pilots must have a total running time of between 4 and 22 minutes.

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Important Dates

  • 11:59 PM Friday, May 9, 2014…………….Early Submission Deadline ($30)
  • 11:59 PM, Friday, June 13, 2014…………….Regular Submission Deadline ($50)
  • 11:59 PM, Friday, June 27, 2014…………….Procrastinator Deadline ($100)

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Required Running Times

  • All pilots must have a total running time of between 4 and 22 minutes.

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  • Pilots received before the Early Submission Deadline (before 11:59 PM, May 9, 2014) ..... $30
  • Pilots received between the Early Submission Deadline and the Final Submission Deadline (May 10th—11:59 PM, June 13th, 2014) ..... $50
  • Student pilots, accompanied by a photocopy of a current, valid student ID received before the Final Submission Deadline (11:59 PM, June 13th, 2014) ..... $25
  • ALL Pilots received between the Final Submission Deadline and the Procrastinator Deadline (June 14th—11:59 PM, June 27th, 2014) ..... $100
  • Check and money orders made payable to the “New York Television Festival” or “NYTVF” are acceptable forms of payment.

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  • Programs created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks or major production studios are ineligible to compete in the Independent Pilot Competition but may be submitted to the NYTVF for consideration as a specialty screening.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. If under the age of 18, entries must include written parental consent.
  • Programs for the Independent Pilot Competition must not have been publicly broadcast on television (except for previous broadcast on college campus television) prior to the Festival.
  • Programs may not contain any copyrighted music, images or brand names without proper clearance. For more info on US copyright law visit:
  • Foreign language programs must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
  • Programs must be received by 11:59 PM on June 27, 2014.

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Independent Pilot Competition Acceptance Guidelines

The New York Television Festival “Independent Pilot Competition” accepts entries beginning on February 10, 2014 and ending June 27th.  Artists are permitted to submit multiple entries to the competition.  All entries must be received by the NYTVF no later than 11:59 PM on June 27, 2013. This is not a postmark date.  Final notification for all Official Selections to the Independent Pilot Competition will be made on or around August 15th.

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Entry Packet

(DOWNLOAD) or Click to submit, Withoutabox.

  • Pilots must be submitted on playable DVDs; International submissions must be submitted on DVD formatted for multi-zone or Zone 1 (North America)
  • Produced Pilot: submitted on both playable DVDs and as a compressed video file (mp4).
    • Playable DVDS: Five (5) copies of the Pilot Program with label of Producer, Director and/or Production Company and contact information
    • Compressed video file: One (1) copy of the Pilot Program saved as a compressed/ QuickTime file on a data DVD (MP4, H.264 or MOV preferred. Recommended output minimum 640w x 348h pixels, or under 200MB)
  • One-minute pilot Trailer for promotional purposes
  • One-minute “Artist Commentary” (This should consist of brief introductory footage with the creators, producers, cast, and/or crew of the pilot, discussing any interesting production anecdotes or other points about the making of the pilot that viewers might find interesting. This is for promotional use only and WILL NOT be used to evaluate your pilot submission)
  • Trailer and commentary may be placed on the same data DVD or separate data DVDs. Both ways are acceptable. While five copies of the pilot are required, only one copy of the trailer and commentary are required.
    • Trailer and commentary should each be separate compressed file burned to a data DVD.
  • Two black-and-white or color screen capture images or digital stills from the pilot program on CD or DVD and any available press kit material
  • Signed Application Form and Entry Fee

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All submissions, accompanied by a signed Application Form and Entry Fee, must be sent to:

New York Television Festival, Attn: IPC Entries '14
121 W 27th St., Suite 901
New York, NY 10001


Dropping off your submission in person?

The NYTVF Office is located at:

    121 W 27th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
    Suite 901
    New York, NY 10001

Reminder: Entries must be received (not postmarked) by deadline.



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