Submit your TV series trailer enhanced with AI.

Pitch in our Metaverse

Win a trip to France, development support, fundings

and more !

Until submissions close

See the conditions in our FAQ below

When pitching TV series takes an innovative turn !

After the success of Season 1...


 Newen Studio's META PITCH CONTEST is back for an even more innovative Season 2!

For this 2nd season, we ask participants to send us a trailer of their TV Series project (max 3 min).

You are allowed (and we encourage you to 😉) use AI tools to create your trailer.

6 projects will be selected after viewing the trailer to pitch their project in our Metaverse in front of a jury, and a final round will take place at Series Mania.

Contest theme

Lumiere !
* Lights on!

Prizes

Public
Choice
Award

Grand
Jury

Prize

Special
Jury
Prize

to win
Development of the program
with Newen Studios and Newen Connect
Participation in funding of
20,000€
Participation in Post-production of
10,000€
Creative Cloud licenses
offered by our partner
Detailed analysis
of your series potential offered by our partner
Visibility,
Meeting with a producer
For more information :
step #1

Submit your TV Series project trailer*

step #2

Be one of the 6 selected to pitch your project to industry leaders in the metaverse of Newen Studios!

step #3

Advance to the final round and present your project live on stage at the prestigious Series Mania Festival in France!

step #4

See your project brought to life by Newen Studios and Newen Connect!

* See the conditions in our FAQ below

Timeline

October 30th, 2023

Submissions open

January 14th, 2024

Submissions close

February 2nd, 2024

Announcement of the 6 projects selected to move forward

February 13th, 2024

Pitching session in the metaverse

February 17th, 2024

2 projects are selected for the Final Battle

March 19th to 21st, 2024

Final Pitching sessions & Award Ceremony
(during the Series Mania festival*)

* The exact time and date of the Finale will be communicated in January 2024

Who can
participate ?

This contest is free and open to all, aged 18 and above.

How to
participate ?

Upload your trailer on Youtube as an unlisted video

Go on the Meta Pitch Contest website and click on the "Submit now" button

Fill in your profile information and details about your original project (title, summary...) on the Google Form

Enter the URL of your video, and upload your one pager according to the format guidelines.

Submit your application by the deadline of 6pm (Paris Time) on January 14th, 2024.

What should I submit ?

To participate in Season 2, please send us two items:
The trailer for your TV series, with a duration between 1 and 3 minutes, via a watchable link on the Google Form. You're allowed (and we strongly encourage you 😉) to use AI tools to craft your trailer. We strongly recommend to use AI tools that respect the copyright of source images, like Adobe Firefly. Your trailer will act as a teaser for your TV series.
A one page PDF document that summarizes your project and explains which AIs you used for your trailer, and how.
If you're selected, you'll have 15 minutes to convince the jury to produce your project!
For more information about the expected formats :
> please consult our FAQ <

An exceptional jury

Anna PUGACEWICZ

President of the Jury
Deputy CEO, NEWEN STUDIOS

Rodolphe Buet

CEO
NEWEN CONNECT

Elliot Gustin

VP International Acquistions & Coproductions
NEWEN CONNECT

Philippe Levasseur

Head of International
NEWEN STUDIOS

Fred Rolland

Head of EMEA Strategic Development for Digital Media Audio & Video
ADOBE

RĂ©mi Tereszkiewicz

CEO
BETASERIES

Stéphane Chirol

Vice President, Sales
TITRAFILM

Margaux Balsan

Producer
CAPA DRAMA

José Velasco

President
IZEN

Sara Fernandez-Velasco

CEO
IZEN

Benjamin Andrey

Deputy Managing Director of Drama
NEWEN FRANCE

Joséphine Fontaine

Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions
NEWEN CONNECT

Partners

FAQ

For more information :

The META PITCH CONTEST is a unique competition offering participants the chance to present their TV series project in a virtual environment (without headphones) specially designed for the occasion. Launched by Newen Studios in January 2023, the competition now presents its 2nd edition. This year, the competition pushes the limits of creativity by asking participants to create a trailer for their series project, lasting up to 3 minutes, using tools incorporating artificial intelligence. This evolution brings a new dimension to the competition, enabling participants to bring their vision to life in an even more spectacular way.

The 6 best trailers selected will offer their creators the exclusive opportunity to present their project in our metaverse to a prestigious jury of international producers, distributors, acquisitions executives and media professionals. Two finalists will be invited to pitch in a final IRL (In Real Life) battle at the Series Mania Forum in France, as part of the Series Mania Institute, next March. The winner will have the exceptional opportunity to receive support in developing his or her project. An audience prize will also be awarded on the final day. There are no format constraints for TV series projects, however, an inspiring theme will be unveiled at the opening of the competition, which takes place on October 30, 2023.

A pitch is a short, concise presentation of a film, television series or other creative project. Its purpose is to give a general overview of the plot, characters and main themes, as well as why it is different and interesting.

This contest is free and open to all, aged 18 and above. Are you a film/TV student or professional, a member of a film association, or simply creative ? Do you have a TV series project that you believe has the potential to be successful ? Wherever you come from, then this contest is for you. It is an opportunity to showcase your talent and get noticed by top industry professionals.

For more information, please read our terms & conditions.

  • October 30th, 2023: Submissions open
  • January 14th, 2024: Submissions close
  • February 2nd, 2024: Announcement of the 6 projects selected to move forward
  • February 13th, 2024: Pitching session in the metaverse
  • February 17th, 2024: 3 projects are selected to move forward
  • March 19th to 21st, 2024 (during the Series Mania Forum): Final Pitching sessions & Award Ceremony / The exact time and date of the Finale will be communicated in January 2024.

The theme for this year's contest is “Lumiere !”.
Don't be afraid to use new technologies such as artificial intelligence or innovative immersive formats, and to break the conventions of the audiovisual world. We will reward boldness and ingenuity.

You may submit a project that is the result of the work of several people, but maximum 2 members of the team will be able to represent the team on the day of the pitch.

Only 1 submission by group/person is accepted.

To participate in Season 2, please send us two items:

  • The trailer for your TV series, with a duration between 1 and 3 minutes, via an unlisted watchable Youtube link on the Google Form. You're allowed (and we strongly encourage you 😉) to use AI tools that respect copyright to craft your trailer, like Adobe Firefly. Your trailer will act as a teaser for your TV series.
  • A one page PDF document that summarizes your project and explains which AIs you used for your trailer, and how.

You can submit those 2 elements through the Google Form link available by clicking on "Submit now" button.

If you're selected, you'll have 15 minutes to convince the jury to produce your project!

It is specified that in order to be considered valid for participation in the Contest, you must submit your application via the Google Form with the following 2 elements:

  • The trailer video of your TV series.
  • A PDF document summarizing your project and the AIs used in your trailer.

More specifically, you will need to respect the following format criteria:

For the trailer:

  • Your video trailer should serve as a preview for your TV series project.
  • Trailer duration between 1 and 3 minutes.
  • Your trailer must include the "Meta Pitch Contest Season 2" logo at the end (Logo downloadable HERE).
  • We strongly encourage you to use AI tools that respect copyright to create your trailer, like Adobe Firefly.
  • You will need to post your video on YouTube in unlisted mode and send us the viewing link via the Google Form (for more information on how to upload your video on YouTube in unlisted mode, see the instructions provided by YouTube at the following address: YouTube Support).
  • The trailer should be in English or in French, with English subtitles.

For the document:

  • Maximum of 1 page.
  • .pdf format.
  • It must include:
    1. A summary of your TV series project.
    2. A list of the AIs you used for your trailer, and a brief description of how you used them.
  • The Project can be written in English or French.
  • The Project must not include any clickable links.
  • You don't necessarily need to plan to shoot your project in English, but your pitch support document must be in English or French, and your oral presentation must be in English to be evaluated by our international jury.

    Please note that during the presentation in the Metaverse, it will not be possible to play sound. Moreover, clickable links are not supported by our platform. Therefore, make sure not to include them in your presentation.

    Let your imagination be your only limit and be bold in your ideas. We look forward to seeing your creative and innovative projects!

    You will need to respect the following format criteria:

    • Your video trailer should serve as a preview for your TV series project.
    • Trailer duration between 1 and 3 minutes.
    • Your trailer must include the "Meta Pitch Contest Season 2" logo at the end (Logo downloadable HERE).
    • We strongly encourage you to use AI tools that respect copyright to create your trailer, like Adobe Firefly.
    • You will need to post your video on YouTube in unlisted mode and send us the viewing link via the Google Form (for more information on how to upload your video on YouTube in unlisted mode, see the instructions provided by YouTube at the following address : YouTube Support ).
    • The trailer should be in English or in French, with English subtitles.

    There are no other technical specifications required.

    To upload an unlisted video on YouTube, you can follow the instructions provided by YouTube at the following address : YouTube Support.

    You may send your trailer to other festivals and publish it on your social networks, using the hashtag #MetaPitchContest if you wish. However, the trailers submitted must not have been the subject of any option, assignment or authorization to exploit for the benefit of a third party prior to the start of the Contest and throughout the Contest Period. For further information on intellectual property, please consult the Competition Rules..

    The Jury's decisions will primarily be based on the following criteria:

    • Relevance in addressing the given theme.
    • Respect of the format and guidelines.
    • Quality and originality of the concept.
    • If used, relevant integration of AI in the trailer.
    • Personal appreciation and emotions evoked.

    Evaluation of the competing films is holistic; no criterion takes precedence over another.

    The logo is available HERE

    Several awards will be presented during the Meta Pitch Contest: The Grand Jury Prize, the Public Choice Award, and the Special Jury Prize.

    Among the prizes to be won:

    • Development of the program with Newen Studios and Newen Connect
    • Participation in funding of €20,000
    • Participation in post-production of €10,000 by TitraFilm
    • Creative Cloud licenses
    • Detailed analysis of the potential of your series with Betaseries FORECAST
    • Meeting with a producer

    For more information, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

    Since your trailer will not be commercialized, you are free to use AI tools that you find relevant, but we recommend using AI tools that respect the copyright of source images, like Adobe Firefly. We need to know the list of AI tools used in your explanatory PDF document accompanying your trailer.

    1. Find inspiration and come up with an idea for your TV Series based on the given theme.
    2. Create your trailer and your one pager in an accepted format. Practice your presentation so that it does not exceed 10 minutes in length.
    3. Submit your application through the Google form by 6 pm (Paris Time) on January 14th, 2024 in order to be considered for the contest.
    4. Pre-Selection: 6 projects will be pre-selected to participate in a presentation of their project in front of a jury of international producers, distributors, acquisitions executives and media professionals in our exclusive virtual space “Newen Meta Sky”. The 6 selected applicants to present their projects in the Metaverse will be announced on February 2nd, 2024.
    5. Practice makes perfect: Attend a training session on February 8th or 9th, 2024 to learn how to use the virtual space and create your avatar.
    6. First Round Presentation: The 6 pre-selected applicants will present their projects in the Newen Meta Sky on February 13th, 2024, during a dedicated half-day event. Each presentation should last no more than 10 min, followed by a 5 min exchange with the jury.
    7. Final Round Presentation: The top 2 selected projects will be invited to the final round at the Series Mania festival, where they will present their project in person. The top 2 selected projects will be announced on February 17th, 2024 and will participate in person in the final selection at the Series Mania Forum between March 19th and March 21rst, 2024.
    8. Announcement of winner: The winner of the Grand Jury will be announced after the final pitch at Series Mania.

    Newen will reimburse, upon submission of the relevant receipts, transportation expenses up to a limit of 900€ per participant, and accommodation expenses up to a limit of 300€ per participant. Participants will be responsible for organizing and making their own travel arrangements.

    In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we encourage participants to prioritize train travel.

    For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

    Newen Studios, a subsidiary of the TF1 group, is a major fast growing European player in audiovisual production and distribution, with a multi-genre strategy (drama, film, animation, TV movie, documentary, non-scripted
). It is the studio behind Marie-Antoinette, Plus Belle la Vie, Opéra, Ici Tout commence / Where it all begins, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Versailles, Insiders, Christian, Dough, El Cid, The Spectacular, White Sands and many more !

    Deeply rooted in 11 countries, the group has more than 50 creative labels and a passionate overall team of 600 people each bringing their unique expertise.

    Shows produced by Newen Studios are exported globally alongside a curated slate of third party programming, thanks to its distribution subsidiary Newen Connect whose activities help to shine a light on European content.

    The Newen Meta Sky is the first immersive experience for creating, financing, and distributing programs. Launched during the Cannes Film Market last May, it is a virtual marketplace dedicated to European creators and producers. This Metaverse is a virtual space composed of several rooms for work and creation, located in a Zeppelin that flies in the sky of European capitals. As the first European Meta Hub for program production and distribution, this project is part of the desire of the group and its shareholder TF1 to accelerate access for our teams and partners to the dynamics of innovation that will drive the future of the audiovisual and film market. It is supported by the European Union's Europe Creative Media program.

    Get on board our NEWEN META SKY and challenge your creativity in our metaverse by pitching your original short program project to a panel of professionals using your avatar.

    This program is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Europe Creative Media. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

    Not at all !
    We have created a virtual immersive universe, easy to access on a simple invitation, with only a laptop and an internet connection. Warning : using Google Chrome is highly recommended.

    You can contact us for additional requests at meta-pitch@newenstudios.com

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