NYTVF Scripts Official Selections Announced
The NYTVF is excited to announce the Official Selections for its inaugural NYTVF Scripts Competition, which accepted half-hour comedy scripts from writers worldwide. Twenty-one television and digital comedy pilot scripts were selected from 995 submissions and will be showcased to industry executives at the 12th Annual New York Television Festival.
Written by Stephen Soroka - Los Angeles, CA
After two years of living in fear, the townsfolk of Boring have decided to turn a blind eye to a serial killer on the loose. Only Garrett, a disgraced former FBI agent and Boring native, is determined to find the killer and salvage his reputation...not necessarily in that order.
Written by Tim Woodall and Phil Drinkwater - Manchester, UK
This dark comedy tells the story of Alice – an intelligent, independent 30-something woman – as she struggles to reacclimate to life inside her family’s pseudo-religious cult.
Written by Arielle Diaz Contreras - Chicago, IL
Three Silicon Valley tech girls have to grapple with their own ambition while trying to balance life, work, and love in a hyper-connected city.
Written by Alex Forstenhausler and Eric Lee - New York, NY
When a recent college grad moves back home to figure out his life, he's forced to attend a series of functions with the big extended family he spent the last five years trying to avoid.
Written by Jim Kozyra - Chicago, IL
The Klotzman family has occupied the same house for the past three generations, and, in this time-hopping comedy, we see each of their stories through the lens of classic sitcom styles from the 50’s, 80’s and today.
Written by Chas Jackson - Los Angeles, CA
A misguided young idealist, whose activism won't pay his rent, fights the gentrification of his West Oakland neighborhood.
Written by Matt McConkey - Los Angeles, CA
A gay, serial monogamist gets left at the altar and dives back into the dating pool with the help of his egomaniacal friends. In recent years, the LGBT community has made great strides. These guys have not.
Written by Rekha Shankar - Brooklyn, NY
Best friends, video gamers, and WoC Nina and Paige pursue their New York dreams while fighting the daily supervillains of “the patriarchy” and “unequal opportunity” in this absurdist comedy.
Ino Badanjak: Private Eye
Written by Andrew Coalson and Ryan Donahue - New York, NY
Ino Badanjak is the best damn private investigator in town. And she goes to a lot of towns.
Written by Benjamin Deeb and Graham Towers - Los Angeles, CA
An Area 51-adjacent research team investigates unexplained phenomena and attempts to find meaning in an ambivalent universe, all while alien forces are conspiring to kick them in the d*ck.
Written by Meghan O'Neill - Brooklyn, NY
An homage/parody of early 90’s teen TV shows, this tongue-in-cheek comedy takes place at a hypercolor-clad institute of slightly higher learning. At Jr. College, there’s so much more to life than knowledge!
Written by Anthony Gioe and Nick Mandernach - Los Angeles, CA
At Carson High School, you’re a football player or a nobody. This ensemble comedy features the nobodies of the marching band as they navigate the cutthroat world of high school and high step, fighting for first chair, regional titles, and anyone’s attention.
Med School High
Written by Daniel Hsia - Los Angeles, CA
Mary Lee, a former high school loser, finally achieves her dream of going to medical school, only to discover that it's high school all over again.
Medium Well -- Best of the Fest Winner
Written by Christina Brosman - Brooklyn, NY
Marjorie has spent the last decade as an assistant to a celebrity chef and a wife to her high school sweetheart. Now in her 30’s, she’s finally ready to admit that she wants a culinary career of her own...and a divorce.
Written by Ali Garfinkel - New York, NY
After their Mafia parents are thrown in prison, a group of Millennials must work together to keep the family business – and themselves – alive.
Written by Keaton Patti and Dan Glaser - New York, NY
This off-kilter comedy pairs a supernatural skeptic with a die-hard believer, who crack cases of both the mundane and the other-worldly, discovering kooky conspiracies, spooky histories, and badass ghosts along the way.
Written by Kristina Felske - Los Angeles, CA
Casey, a “professional” slacker, just slept through the apocalypse. Without Google or her kind-hearted parents helping her along, what's a lazy stoner girl to do?
Written by Kevin Anglin - Los Angeles, CA
A group of misguided and ambitious college students will stop at nothing to get elected to their student government. Once they succeed, they'll cling to power by any means necessary.
This Is Now
Written by Kris Lefcoe - New York, NY
Three formerly successful friends face the horror of being middle aged in the digital age.
Written by David Pasquesi and Sue Gillan - Chicago, IL
Set in what's left of Chicago's oldest Catholic, working-class neighborhood, this gritty comedy follows a couple that should have left town, and each other, long ago.
Written by Chris Hauser - Chicago, IL
A teen detective teams up with her rebellious brother, a tiny-brained freshman, and an antique mannequin to solve the many crimes that take place in her high school.
Over the last decade, the NYTVF has distinguished itself an industry leader in the cultivation and fostering of independent artists across episodic storytelling platforms while engaging a wide swath of decision-makers, buyers, agents, and managers as a trusted curator of new voices. With the launch of NYTVF SCRIPTS, we’re thrilled to extend that effort to emerging writers by offering a Festival experience designed to provide maximum exposure, access, and opportunity.
In its inaugural year, NYTVF Scripts is accepting original, half-hour comedy series scripts for consideration by broadcast, cable, and digital platform buyers. To enter, writers must submit a series pilot script (20 to 40 pages), along with an original series overview (up to 4 pages), and a current C.V.
Want to get your script in front of decision-makers across the television and digital landscape, culminating in a week-long Festival that provides a crash course in the TV Industry? Submit to NYTVF Scripts and join the indie television movement.
Please note: at this time NYTVF Scripts is not accepting hour-long scripts in the comedy, dramedy, or drama space, but may be announcing additional script and content submission opportunities at a later date.
Online submission for NYTVF Scripts will be open from 12:00pm (noon) EST on Wednesday, June 1 to 12:00pm (noon) on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on this page.
The submission period for NYTVF Scripts has ended. Please email scripts@NYTVF.com with any questions or concerns.
Use the links below to explore the various aspects of submitting to the NYTVF Scripts.
A select number of NYTVF Scripts Finalists will receive designation as Official Artists and be invited to the New York Television Festival, held in NYC in October 2016. All selected scripts will be available for pre-Festival review via NYTVF Connect by participating industry representatives, development partners, and jury members. In 2015, over 75 companies took part in NYTVF Connect, yielding over 400 meetings with Festival artists.
Additionally, one script will be recognized as the 2016 NYTVF Scripts Best of the Fest during the Awards presentation of the 2016 New York Television Festival on October 29, 2016.
2015 Industry Participants, Development Partners, and Jury Members included executives from the following companies:
- ABC Studios
- Amazon Studios
- Amblin TV
- Amigos de Garcia Productions
- Anonymous Content
- BBC America
- Bento Box Entertainment
- CBS Television Studios
- Channel 4
- Comedy Central
- Denver & Delilah
- Dreamworks TV
- Endemol Shine North America
- Europa Corp
- Fabrik Entertainment
- Fox 21 Television Studios
- Funny or Die
- Google Creative Lab
- Left/Right TV
- Red Arrow Entertainment
- Red Bull Media
- Sesame Workshop
- Sony Pictures Television
- The Orchard
- WB's Blue Ribbon Content
- 12:00pm (noon) EST on June 1, 2016…………….Submission Period Begins
- 12:00pm (noon) EST on June 15, 2016…………….Submission Period Ends
- $50 per entry
- All fees are in U.S. dollars. Fees are submitted online.
- Pilot Episode Script (20 - 40 Pages, PDF)
- Series Overview (Up to 4 Pages, PDF)
- Writer C.V. (PDF)
- All scripts must be uploaded to the NYTVF website as a PDF document.
- Scripts must be between 20 to 40 (letter-sized) pages in length, not including the title page.
- Scripts must be exclusive to half-hour programming and can be written for broadcast, cable, premium cable, and/or digital platforms.
- Proper formatting of scripts is advised, including proper indenting of character names and dialogue. All elements may be single or double-spaced, provided that the script falls within the length guidelines. There are many acceptable ways to format script entries, and many online resources offer templates and helpful tips on how to format a script correctly. For a rough sample script template, click here.
- Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
- International entrants are eligible.
- Entries must be submitted in English.
- A maximum team of two (2) co-writers are permitted per entry.
- The same script may not be submitted by multiple entrants.
- Entries must be:
- Completely the original work of the entrant(s).
- Not created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks, or major production studios.
- Not copied from any other source, previously broadcast, or otherwise distributed or disseminated on television.
- Not in the public domain.
- Not in violation of or conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, or any other rights, of any kind or nature, of any other person or entity.
- All files must be uploaded as PDF documents.
- Submissions must be uploaded on this page by 12:00pm (noon) EST on June 15, 2016 .
The NYTVF Scripts competition accepts entries beginning on June 1, 2016 and ending June 15, 2016 or until 1,500 scripts are submitted, whichever comes first. Writers are permitted to submit multiple entries to the competition. All entries must be received by the NYTVF no later than 12:00pm (noon) EST on June 15, 2016. Final notification for all Official Selections to the NYTVF Scripts Competition will be made around mid-August 2016.