The New York Television Festival is a true launching pad for the careers of young artists. It is one of the few festivals I've been a part of that is actually centered around the Artists. Both the quality of their experience AND furthering their careers. We came out of the NYTVF with more opportunities than we could ever have hoped for."
- Richard Keith, Co-Creator, The CW’s Life Sentence
If a project you create is named an Official Selection (either as a finalist/semi-finalist in a sponsored initiative or selected for the competition slate in the annual Independent Pilot Competition), you are invited to participate in the Festival as an Official Artist. Official Artists receive free accreditation for the annual Festival (held each year in Manhattan) where they will enjoy exclusive access to NYTVF Connect.
For more information about the annual Festival, click HERE.
For more information on NYTVF Connect, click HERE.
In addition to the growing NYTVF Connect Marketplace, Official Artists are also eligible for Development Deals offered by the Fest's Development Partners. These deals, offered to a guaranteed number of projects each year, provide participating artists with a streamlined model for industry engagement and collaboration.
NYTVF-facilitated deals are made available through the following:
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 with a particular partner in mind. In each case, the partner guarantees a deal for at least one project selected. For more information and to view past Sponsored Initiatives at the NYTVF, click HERE.
Festival Development Deals
By submitting to any NYTVF competition or initiative, your project may be eligible for a Festival Development Deal from a selection of partners. For more information on Festival Development Deals and to view past examples, visit the main page HERE.
Open exclusively to Artists whose projects have gotten them into the Festival as part of NYTVF Connect, Pitch is a unique opportunity for Official Artists to submit NEW SHOW CONCEPTS based on creative briefs provided by participating networks and studios. To read more about Pitch and NYTVF Connect, visit the Artist Experience page HERE.
“If you are looking for a Festival that makes deals happen, NYTVF is the one. It's refreshing to see deals actually happen and not just a lot of people talking about making them happen."
- Guy Georgeson, MSN Short Form Storytellers Winner
“Have at least three other ideas in your back pocket, including a reality show or a game show. You never know when a connection might lead to selling something entirely different."
- Christine Lakin, Creator and Star - Lovin' Lakin, Actress - Step By Step
In addition to benefits throughout the year and during the week of the Festival, the NYTVF also presents Category and Individual Awards to outstanding projects and people in the Independent Pilot Competition, the NYTVF's flagship initiative. Category and Individual Achievement awards include:
- Best Animation, Comedy, Drama/Dramedy, Unscripted Pilots
- Best Short-Form Pilot
- Best Actor/Actress
- Outstanding Writing
- Outstanding Direction
- Outstanding Editing
The NYTVF also presents a 'Best of the Fest' award, which honors the pilot that is exemplary of quality content in every way along with the NYTVF Critics Award which is voted on by a TV critics jury.
In addition, NYTVF Scripts finalists are eligible for the NYTVF Scripts ‘Best of the Fest’ award, honoring a script of outstanding quality and writing.