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SeriesFest, the non-profit organization that champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling, announces a new partnership with Canva focused on helping aspiring and emerging creators prepare for a career in television by providing insights and resources necessary to make headway in the industry. Through a series of virtual and in-person workshops, creators will receive the advice of vanguards in entertainment alongside live creative tutorials, helping to take their careers in television to the next level. The first ever line-up includes three workshops from celebrated industry vets including Grammy and Tony-winning Actor/Writer/Producer Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting, The Little Mermaid, Hamilton), Showrunner/Writer/Producer/Actor Rafael Casal (Loki, Co-Creator: Blindspotting) , Sue Ann Pien (As We See It), Littleton Road Productions Patrick MacManus (Dr. Death, The Girl from Plainville), and Kelly Funke (President, Littleton Road Productions). Applications for the SeriesFest Vanguard program presented by Canva are now open and available via

"The Vanguard program is designed to highlight groundbreaking visionaries in the television industry bringing their invaluable insights directly to emerging creatives, said Randi Kleiner, SeriesFest CEO and co-founder. We are so proud to partner with Canva on the inaugural program, along with bringing several other new and exciting opportunities to the SeriesFest community."

In addition to the Vanguard Workshop, Canva is partnering with SeriesFest to launch the Outstanding Series Format Deck Award, in a new competition rewarding a $5,000 cash prize to the best deck submission created in Canva. Required for all SeriesFest competition categories, the Series Format Deck is an integral part to the pitch process and sale of a series. An effective Series Format Deck introduces a project in a visually exciting and emotionally powerful way. It captures the readers imagination, allowing them to see the full scope of the series and embrace the characters. In celebration of the unsung craft of creating a series format deck or series bible, SeriesFests partnership with Canva acknowledges the creativity and skill necessary to build the perfect series format deck.

Free three month trials of Canva Pro will be given to those creators who apply to select SeriesFest programs, including students, executives, and industry professionals, in an effort to help them on their creative journeys and visually bring their projects to life. Canva will be bringing its platform to SeriesFest Season 10 with a unique onsite activation, live event(s) and special award presentation.

Helping to prepare the next generation of storytellers, SeriesFests Collegiate Fellows program presented by Canva invites undergraduate students from across the country to apply to attend SeriesFest: Season 10 as a Collegiate Fellow and get a behind-the-scenes view of the TV and episodic industry via curated workshops and discussions, and access to premieres and panels.

Submissions are currently open for SeriesFest: Season 10, the award-winning international festival running May 1-5, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. Creators can submit for the upcoming festival through January 11, 2024.

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SeriesFest, a non-profit organization, champions and empowers artists at the forefront of episodicstorytelling by providing year-round opportunities for creators and industry professionals to connect,collaborate, and share stories, which inspire and impact global audiences. Each June, SeriesFestculminates in a highly-curated and celebrated Denver-based festival and marketplace. Dedicated toshowcasing innovative episodic content, the annual festival includes in-competition independent pilotscreenings, panels, workshops, live reads, parties and network television premieres. Follow @SeriesFest on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.Publicity Contact:For General Inquiries:


Launched in 2013, Canva is a free online visual communications and collaboration platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast range of templates ranging from presentations, documents, websites, social media graphics, posters, apparel to videos, plus a huge library of fonts, stock photography, illustrations, video footage, and audio clips, anyone can take an idea and create something beautiful.

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