There’s a certain amount of prestige that goes with having your work shown at the New York Television Festival, which recognizes the best in independent television content, but this year there’s more at stake than just pride. The Orchard, a digital film and television distributor with its own multi-channel network, is offering a six-episode digital series as a prize. The project, which is known as Orchard GO, will be the first collaboration between Orchard and the NYTVF and the resulting series will be co-produced by Orchard and the Festival.
Orchard has a history of picking winners off the indie film scene. Most recently, they picked up several Grand Jury prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival, including “Harmontown” from “Community” creator Dan Harmon. They also swung by the Tribeca Film Festival and snatched up Grand Jury Documentary Prize Winner “Point and Shoot” and horror flick ”The Canal.” The Orchard GO project will be the company’s first attempt at an episodic, TV-style series.
The Orchard prize brings the number of official opportunities and development deals available at the NYTVF to 28. Other participants include The Travel Channel, A&E, Channel 4, Comedy Central, FremantleMedia North America, FOX, FYI, HISTORY, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lionsgate, National Geographic Channels, SundanceTV, truTV and WE.TV, all of whom have pledged to offer development deals to at least one independent creator through the festival.
Winners will be selected by Orchard from among the official festival participants. Unfortunately, the submission deadline for the 2014 festival has passed. However, the number of opportunities available to independent creators is growing every year. The New York Television Festival holds events year round and will soon begin accepting submissions for 2015, so if you’d like to have your work featured it’s never too early to start.
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