Adding to the seemingly endless list of events that look different this year, SeriesFest is going digital. For the past five years the non-profit organization has held an event each June in Denver. This year though, the SeriesFest festival will be held digitally due to COVID-19. SeriesFest: Season 6 is a reimagined virtual experience all about supporting the art of episodic storytelling. It will take place from June 18-24.
The annual festival will feature six days of streaming events including competition screenings and panel discussions. The schedule will also include workshops and never-before-seen sneak peeks and television premieres. Despite not being able to have a physical festival this year, the programming line-up is stacked. New shows like Starz’s P-Valley, as well as veteran shows like AMC’s NOS4A2 and BBC America’s Killing Eve, among many others, will all have members of the cast and production team host Q&A panels and discussions. Jeffrey Katzenburg, Quibi’s founder and chairman will also be making an appearance.
SeriesFest founders Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith Westbrook explained why they continued the festival this year. They say, “Art has always been a powerful means of expression during times of turmoil and tragedy. It empowers us to have difficult conversations, and it enables us all to come together to experience shared human truths. In this unprecedented time, we feel it is critical to celebrate artistic expression and champion the creators who make their voices heard. More than ever before, we see the need to bring the creative community together and ‘Fest Differently.’ We’re thrilled and honored to have such amazing artists participating in this year’s virtual festival. Together, they will provide incredible insight, and in some cases, much-needed escapism.”
Passes to SeriesFest: Season 6 including all screenings, panels, network premieres, and special events are now on sale at www.seriesfest.com. Fifty percent of ticket sales to the COVID-19 and the Altered Entertainment Landscape panel will be donated to World Central Kitchen.
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