Pitch-a-Thon Roadshow back to Chicago Oct 25

The Independent Film Alliance Chicago, SeriesFest and The Second City Film School are back in partnership with the second SeriesFest Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow: Chicago LIVE, an event giving comedic independent creators the opportunity to participate in an exclusive live pitch session with top television, new media and digital executives!

The goal for creators is the unique opportunity to advance their unproduced episodic projects. The iconic Second City Film School joins as a partner in this impressive partnership with the pitch-a-thon taking place at The Second City Theater.

Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m.
The Second City Theater – Donny’s Skybox
230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60614.

Tickets are FREE online.

Five selected finalists will be pitching to a live panel of industry experts in front of a live audience. Working Artist Group will provide writers with virtual coaching prior to the event as well as an in-person workshop on the

day of the event. All writers from the general submission pool and the general public will get to watch the pitches and feedback live, providing an enlightening and educational opportunity for everyone.

The winning pitch will receive full access to SeriesFest Season 10, the annual international television festival taking place May 1 – 5, 2024 in Denver, Colorado and a cash prize.

The panel of judges include:

Sophie Blumberg – Manager of Development at Littleton Road
JJ Ingram – Multi-Talented Producer
Ryan Oestreich – Managing Director of Music Box Films
Reza Tabrizi – Executive Producer of Chicago Fire


Anna Ross
Jerry Hsu
Kara Victoria Kinsey
Liam Fallows
Martina Reese

“In a city that’s home to The Second City, where so many award-winning creatives get their start, the amount of talent that comes out of Chicago can’t be overlooked. As an organization that serves filmmakers in Chicago, we believe in the creatives here and the stories they tell. This partnership and program helps to expand the reach of these storytellers and we are proud of the platform that our partnership with SeriesFest and The Second City Film School gives them,” IFA Chicago’s Natalia Salazar, Manager, Partnerships & Programming shared.

“Second City Film School, IFA, and SeriesFest are back together for another amazing Pitch-A-Thon Event this year. It’s a tough time to be a writer and a creator but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped having ideas.

SeriesFest has long been an advocate for independent creators, and the Pitch-A-Thon has no AMPTP affiliation. This event is about giving writers and filmmakers an opportunity to experience high-level pitching and get valuable feedback for their ideas, all while having a great time. Which is something we all pretty desperately need,” said Patrick Wimp, Program Director for The Second City Film School.

“We are thrilled to bring the Pitch-A-Thon Roadshow back to Chicago for a second time! There is so much incredible talent in the market and we feel it’s important to provide opportunities to uplift emerging Chicago voices,” commented Randi Kleiner, CEO and Co-Founder, SeriesFest.

The event is in partnership with The Independent Film Alliance Chicago (IFA Chicago), SeriesFest, The Second City Film School and Working Artist Group with support from United Airlines, Littleton Road Productions and Wana Brands.