ITVFest recognizes the best independently created episodic programming from around the world. 503 comedy, drama, reality and documentary programs were submitted to ITVFest in 2016 with 90 selected to screen at the festival. You can enjoy the trailers and episodes of the official selections below!

To submit your program for consideration into ITVFest 2017: click here.

 

2016 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Rack and Ruin
TV Comedy

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A masochistic, people-pleasing Brit restarts her life at a toxic, high-end clothing boutique in NYC - 'booby-trapped for humiliation and pain.'

Another Day With You
TV Short Comedy

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Staring Cougar Town's Bob Clendenin as "Bob" and series creator Amy Goddard as "Amy," Another Day With You takes us into the lives of 2 perfectly ordinary, long married people. Everybody has a wife who gets into a fight with the dishwasher repair man, has a momentary lack of judgment and wants you to jump out of a moving taxi and crashes her car, with you in the passenger seat, because she was watching a shirtless jogger. Right? It's just Another Day With You.

Starting From Now
TV Short Drama

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"Starting From Now" follows the tangled, increasingly complicated lives of its four lesbian protagonists as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find love along the way.

Starting Out
TV Comedy

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A young lawyer impulsively quits her job to become a stand-up comic after being pushed on stage at an open mic night.

Quantum Master
TV Short Comedy

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An epic sci-fi action adventure that takes place entirely in the scale of 4-inch action figures.

Last Life
TV Short Drama

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Last Life is a fantasy, drama about reincarnation and a pair of soul mates who when reunited only cause destruction. Taylor, a reclusive college student, is unknowingly being held captive by an ancient coven of witches known as The Alina. With the help of Sloane, with whom she has shared many lifetimes, she discovers who she really is and the truth about her dark destiny.

Superior Living
TV Short Comedy

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The show focuses on a modern day commentary on people who have lost a bit of reality. We watch how much our society has crossed the wires between being pretentious and proper. We wanted to utilize absurdity, but in a naturalistic way. Our characters feel real and authentic; however, through political correct language, technology, and the media, we showcase how much society has become absurd within itself.

Liars
TV Short Comedy

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Starring Morgan Freeman and 'Paulie' from The Sopranos, LIARS is the true life story of the ex-CIA operatives who risked their lives to found Microsoft.

Simulated Dead People
TV Short Drama

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A new technology allows friends and family to speak to 'saved' holographic versions of the recently deceased. The simulations look and sound like the real thing - but can technology recreate the depth of human existence? And if it can, what does this mean for the rest of us? Not dead, but not alive.

Truth Slash Fiction
TV Comedy

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“Truth Slash Fiction” is an irreverent dramedy that follows 16-year-old Emma Jacobs as she navigates the indignities of adolescence. Through it all, Emma clings tightly to the songs of the boyband “Truth”: a One Direction-style supergroup whose romantic earnestness is Emma's only refuge from the often cruel and anxiety-filled social interactions that make up her world.

Thrifted
TV Short Comedy

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Chicago 'Secondhands' Pete and Joan Fyfe navigate the city's thrift scene while providing an intimate look at the people and places of this vibrant and unique community.

That's My DJ
TV Short Drama

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Each Season of That’s My DJ follows a different character within the electronic music scene in Toronto. From heartbeat to heartbreak, chasing dreams and chasing highs, it’s an unapologetic look at music, cliques and artists all trying to find their place within the new order of rave.

Northern Belles
TV Comedy

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Northern Belles is a comedy centering on perfectionist Dani da Silva and imperfectionist Alex O'Neill, two best friends navigating relationships, friends, and the tumultuous turns of their early twenties.

Scheme Squad
TV Short Comedy

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When a beloved power couple breaks up, their mutual best friend Craig (Jack Quaid, Vinyl, Ithaca) takes it like a baby and stages an elaborate sting operation full of lies and schemes in order to get them back together. This comedy serial also stars Sudi Green (writer for SNL), Grant Rosenmeyer (Money Monster, The Royal Tenenbaums), Mike Spence, and Max Pava.

Arthur
TV Short Drama

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His name is Arthur, and he is a serial killer. He wants to quit, though. Will he succeed?

Brooke
TV Comedy

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A pregnant woman and her husband find out they are going to have their baby early. Even though it messes up their timeline, they (along with her family and their friends) are excited to start this new adventure. It just came a little faster than they thought it would.

Aunty Donna: 1999
TV Short Comedy

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Aunty Donna: 1999 is a heightened, absurdist series of sketches set in the final few days before New Years Eve at the end of the 20th century

The Horizon
TV Short Drama

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“Queer as Folk” meets Sydney’s Oxford street in an explosion of colour and drama. In life, love and sex, what we crave is often at odds with who we are...

On the Bright Side
TV Comedy

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Funny things happen. Like eggs. Lots of eggs.

Livin' the Dream
TV Short Comedy

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New web series from the Spurlock sisters. The oh-so-personal tale of one woman's struggle to navigate the indie film world after film school. How far will she go to achieve Indie Director Goddessdom?

Red Bird
TV Short Drama

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In the 1860s, a group of 200 men stormed across the border of Missouri. They descended into Lawrence, Kansas and killed every man they could find.

The Comeback Kids
TV Comedy

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Two former child stars, from the 80's, have decided to make a comeback in a business that has greatly changed since they were big stars.

Fully Engaged
TV Short Comedy

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"Fully Engaged" is a twelve episode web series about Erika and Danny, a nice, normal, engaged couple living in New York City. Sure, they come from different backgrounds and they’re on a tight budget, but they love each other and they have a strong sense of self, so planning a wedding won’t be as hard as everyone makes it out to be, right? WRONG!

Coded
TV Short Drama

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Shae, an idealistic teacher, embarks on a new job teaching five tenth graders with severe behavioural issues, all coded. As Shae gets drawn into his students’ personal lives, he finds himself in murky, ethical territory.

Urban Teach Now
TV Comedy

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Left without any other options after graduation, achievement-obsessed Eunice Son joins a non-profit teaching program in New Orleans. Urban Teach Now is a biting satire on Teach For America.

Soul Broken Sky
TV Short Comedy

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The show is a comedy drama about an uptight Angel (wearing a suit, not wings) who is unjustly kicked out of Heaven and in order to find a way back home is forced to seek out the help of his reckless former partner who was exiled to Earth years previously.

People Like Us
TV Drama

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Following the lives of four gay men in Singapore, ‘People Like Us’ is a poignant reflection and insightful look as Joel, Ridzwan, Rai, and Isaac navigate lust, love, and life.

Written Off
TV Comedy

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The Fashion section of The Chicago Truth is shutting down, rendering Keith and Liam jobless. To reinvent themselves as writers, they accept a gig writing a Mexican drug lord’s speech for his daughter’s quinceanera.

Lifehacks for the Mentally Insane
TV Short Comedy

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A group of insane people present their brand of bizarre 'life hack' videos with the intentions of helping other insane people.

This New World
TV Short Drama

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Locked in a room, Dave is facing his own demons through the words of his interlocutor, who’s also asking questions about a dramatic event. Addicted to technology, he believes in the existence of two different worlds: “This New World" is the virtual place where everybody can create a double.

It's A Hit!
TV Comedy

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Nestled among the office parks of suburban Connecticut are the formidable headquarters of Cobra Mephisto & Leibowitz, the deadliest assassination firm in the Greater Northeast Region. Star assassin Samantha Steele (Abby Elliott) re-evaluates her career choice when she realizes that she’s losing her passion for killing people for money.

This Is Williamsburg
TV Short Comedy

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After being discovered by an eccentric heiress, an animal photographer is invited to live completely free in a Brooklyn Art Studio with several other untalented artists. Unknown to her it's a hipster hunger games art competition.

Horizon
TV Short Drama

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A brand new 10 part science fiction web series. Set in the UK city of Bristol, five friends must make plans and evacuate when a mysterious alien ship arrives over their hometown.

Ascendants
TV Drama

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'It's not the life you lead, it's in your blood.' The second short film in the Ascendants Anthology explores the Resistance's fight against a devastating transformation and the Jacobs Institute's cat and mouse game.

LARPs
TV Short Comedy

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LARPs is a fictional web series that explores how the imagination of play affects reality, and vice versa. In a LARP, or live action roleplaying game, players assume the identity of their chosen character and physically perform their actions.

Bang Bang Club
TV Short Drama

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Banks control the world beyond our imaginations. When one bank strips away the livelihood of two young men they take revenge by joining an elite assassins training group: The Bang Bang Club.

The Grind
TV Short Drama

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'The Grind' is a gritty crime drama that explores a New York-based auto theft syndicate being investigated by the police and the FBI. Released from prison after six years, Grayden Carter hopes to balance his new life with the one he left behind—one of prostitution, crooked cops, smart criminals, and very fast cars

Period Piece
TV Short Comedy

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Period Piece is a short form web series about women in different periods of history... having their periods.

Feral
TV Short Drama

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At its core, Feral is an exploration of what it’s like to be in your early 20’s living in the south in modern day America. It’s a story of good friends, lost love and the struggle to find purpose (while also figuring our how to pay the rent) in today’s world for young queer artists.

The Picture
TV Drama

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THE PICTURE follows the journey of Peter Shepherd, a square, wide-eyed law student who leaves behind everything he’s ever known to become a film producer at a tumultuous time in Hollywood - the late 1960's.

Knights of New Jersey
TV Short Comedy

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Knights of New Jersey is a comedic, behind-the-scenes look at a troupe of Renaissance Faire actors and the passions, aspirations and petty humiliations that arise as they attempt to bring their vision to life.

Muck
TV Short Drama

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Muck is an experiment in multi-platform narrative storytelling. The project includes a five episode web series interspersed with chapters of an underlying news podcast that the show is ostensibly about. Muck tells the story of an ambitious, young podcast journalist from Washington, DC – a “muckraker” named Albert Edwin Carter – on his first ever field assignment - a missing person cold case investigation in rural Appalachia. He's out of his element, in over his head, and deep in the muck.

Hard Reset
TV Drama

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A young detective must decide the future of the human race after the android he loves is infected with a virus that gives it true sentience which threatens to destabilize the delicate balance between man and machine.

Brooding
TV Short Comedy

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The WC brings you "Brooding" a series that invites you into a world of darkness, betrayal, revenge, loss...and some other stuff. Prepare yourself for the most sensational, breathtaking, shocking show you've ever seen.

Om City
TV Short Drama

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A web series about the life of a yoga teacher in new York City.

Fanatic
TV Drama

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When a terrorist organisation suddenly resurfaces in Eastern Europe, former Special Forces officer Douglas Bormann is brought out of retirement to face an old enemy. But, all is not as it first appears...

Cake Walk
TV Short Comedy

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A sketch comedy series about the hilarious antics leading up to a wedding. Get ready for the last, best day of your life.

MomCave Live
TV Documentary

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MomCave LIVE is a weekly live show via Google Hangout. It's been called 'Wayne's World For Moms' and that is one of the highest compliments we've ever received. We drink wine, sometimes broadcast while hiding from our kids in the bathroom, and have on hilarious guests. There's always a live Twitter party during the show where viewers send us their comments and questions.

Ku'damm 56
TV Drama

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'Ku'damm 56' is a drama mini series which tells the story about the family Schöllack in Berlin, Germany in the 1950s. Caterina Schöllack runs a prestigous dance school in Berlin.

Everyone's Crazy But Us
TV Short Comedy

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Written and directed by Christy Stratton (King of the Hill, Awkward), digital series stars Diedrich Bader (Veep, Napoleon Dynamite) and Janet Varney (Burning Love, You’re the Worst) as Gary and Denie Silverman, a married couple who disagree about everything – except their belief that everyone else in their lives is crazy.

Sauced In Translation
TV Documentary

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Howie is a on a quest to redefine American food around the globe! 1st stop: China! After diving into local cuisine for inspiration, he cooks up an American classic for whoever is willing to dare! Will they run back to KFC or be Sauced in Translation?

Saudade
TV Drama

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A character-driven drama, about a fatal accident which generates a ripple effect of incidents upon a family, friends and even distant strangers, where each of their resulting choices of revenge or redemption drastically impacts the lives of one another.

Keith Broke His Leg
TV Short Comedy

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Keith Broke His Leg is a semi-autobiographical comedy about 30 Rock star Keith Powell's self discovery when he is stripped of his ability to be mobile. After an accident, Keith is forced to see the world in a new way when his wife, his friends, and especially his agent don’t make life easy for the incapacitated.

HeyDays Vintage TV
TV Documentary

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Heydays Vintage TV is a unique magazine style show that takes the audience back in time to explore the nostalgia of all things past. In a half-hour, fast paced show (HD format), viewers are provided with fascinating featurettes about days gone by. Heydays Vintage TV showcases a wealth of information on vintage culture.

No Plan B
TV Drama

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The daily struggles of a short-film-maker, desperately weaving through her boyfriend’s expectations about settling down, her own nagging feeling that she’s not good enough to make it, and the endless cycle of failure and success in pursuit of her compulsion to one day make real movies.

Last Will and Testicle
TV Short Comedy

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A gay man reveals his testicular cancer diagnosis to his quirky friends and family in this comedy web series Carrie Fisher calls 'hilarious,' Stephen Fry calls 'brilliant,' Livestrong Foundation calls 'hysterical,' and Cosmopolitan Magazine calls 'fearless.'

Adam Celebrates
TV Documentary

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Join Adam Schwartz as he attempts to celebrate the strange and obscure themed days of the year, no matter what it takes.

Lifelines
TV Drama

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LIFELINES follows Chicago Paramedic Reggie Timmons, as he blinks in and out of existence, deals with alternate versions of himself, and relives his past. All while balancing dysfunctional family members, inquisitive co-workers, love triangles, and extra-dimensional baby-mama drama.

Made In Mosjoen
TV Short Comedy

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"Made in Mosjøen" is a fourth-wall-breaking webseries about fishguns, dead cats and some special cheese. The different characters' more or less offbeat struggles and goals cross and entwine, at the same time as the city of Mosjøen is under threat by a common enemy - litterary pulling people down the drains.

Kickin' It Caucasian
TV Documentary

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Season 2 of the award winning show, Kickin' It Caucasian. This show aims to get people to think outside of the box and change how cultures are stereotyped.

The Grind
TV Short Drama

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A collective of friends in their early twenties hustle to make a name for themselves in London. We follow Nick, Sage, Avery and Josh as they use their street smarts to forge a path to the top, but when careers and personal lives overlap, things get messy.

Living Thru the Lens
TV Short Comedy

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Are you closer to your iphone than you are to your best friend? Are you unable to locate your own house without google maps? Are you more aroused by Facebook likes than by your relationship? Then you may be living thru the lens. Rebecca Blaine Carton and Kira McCarthy explore our cultural fixation with technology through this playful new sketch series.

Trail to Terror
TV Documentary

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A real life documentary. Dakota Laden takes his sister, Chelsea, and best friends Tanner and Coalin on a five night journey to test their limits of fear. This real life experiment, and what they experience is like nothing ever captured on film before.

Baron Noir
TV Drama

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'Baron noir’ is a 8 x 1h series that tells the political and judicial battles of Philippe Rickwaert, who is both a mayor in the North of France and a member of the French Parliament. Between the two rounds of the presidential election, Rickwaert’s future collapses when his mentor, the candidate for the main left-wing party, sacrificies him in order to save his campaign.

The Room Actors: Where Are They Now?
TV Short Comedy

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“The Room Actors: Where Are They Now (TRA:WATN)” is a mockumentary television/web series that takes a fictionalized, tongue-in-cheek look at what happened to the actors in the 2003 cult film, “The Room” after appearing in what Entertainment Weekly called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.”

It's A Potcake Life
TV Documentary

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This story takes you on an amazing and heartwarming journey of the plight of the Royal Bahamian Potcake and the team of people dedicated to caring for them. It's a story of heartbreak, hope and inspiration.

The Come Up
TV Drama

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THE COME UP focuses on the gatekeepers of NYC’s nightlife; each episode opens and closes at our characters’ office - the doors to the hottest nightspots in the city. We follows our heroes home into their absorbing, hilarious, and heartfelt lives. Still trying to figure out the rules and learning when and how to break them, we hang out with our crew as they try to figure it all out, too old to be kids and not yet ready to accept the fact that they are grown-ups.

#Cybriety
TV Short Comedy

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Two technology-obsessed Millennials decide to give up all their technology and lead Internet-free lives.

Five Star
TV Documentary

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Every major college football program in the country wants senior Brandon Jones, the number one strong safety high school recruit in the nation. As Signing Day approaches, the stakes are getting higher. Brandon has 41 Division 1 full-ride scholarship offers. He can only say yes to one.

Districtland
TV Drama

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Five Millennials who live together in a DC row house balance their sex lives, friendships, and careers while struggling to rise above the city's (and life's) transactional foundations.

Saving Unicorns
TV Short Comedy

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"Real Job", "Real Relationship", "Real Life"... is there such a thing? Everywhere Sady Hart looks, people are getting married, having kids, buying houses, getting promotions … all the Trade Marks of an accomplished adult. For Sady, getting her laundry done is an accomplishment. Sady keeps waiting for Real Adult Life (RAL) to kick in - that long term, organized life plan she is “supposed” to be following.

Stolen
TV Documentary

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Stolen - composed by Nicole Murphy

Down Home
TV Drama

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When he can’t afford a retirement community, a nursing home, or a caregiver. Rudy Hendricks and his husband are forced to move back to his hometown in Kentucky to care for his ailing conservative father.

Namaste, Bitches
TV Short Comedy

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A darkly comedic short-form original series about the "underbelly of the yoga world."

At All Costs: Making an E-Sports Team
TV Documentary

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When entrepreneur Jon Pan leaves his job at Riot Games to start his own e-Sports team, he and his rookie players put blood, sweat, and millions of dollars on the line for a chance to excel in the cutthroat world of e-Sports.

Doomsday
TV Drama

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DOOMSDAY is an original dramatic series that follows the daily lives of the dozen residents of a millennial commune in The Catskills. Half present action, inching toward Doomsday/half flashback to reveal who this person is and why/how they joined this cult.

The Apartmentalist
TV Short Comedy

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Colter Price used to run one of the most successful firms in New York real estate before he was betrayed by his lover and protegé, who took away his staff, listings and reputation. At rock bottom, Colter will use every trick in the book to rebuild his company with the help of his loyal right hand man George and his new employee, a whip smart but hopelessly ethical single mother.

How To Change the World
TV Documentary

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Based on the writings of Greenpeace co-founder, Robert Hunter, the film chronicles adventures of a group of Canadian hippie journalists, filmmakers and scientists who joined forces with U.S. draft dodgers to battle the 'megamachine' in Vancouver in the 1970s.

YidLife Crisis
TV Short Comedy

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Drinking in the very best that Montreal's multicultural Mile End has to offer, Chaimie and Leizer, besties and debating adversaries, tackle life, love, and lactose intolerance in this foodie centric series done entirely in their grandparents' Yiddish

5 Dates
TV Short Comedy

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Dating can be hard. Especially for Harry Broomshtick who is 38 years-old and has never had a girlfriend. Through a dating website, he meets Wendy Goldlicker, a geeky librarian, who is also new to the dating scene. Watch as their romance takes off on a funny yet bumpy road.

Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story
TV Documentary

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Chef and inventor Homaro Cantu helped put Chicago on the culinary map when he opened his first restaurant “Moto” and became a celebrity chef in his late twenties.

Roo-ining Christmas
TV Short Comedy

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Join RooMcGoo, his Aunt Marigold, the Christmas Diva, and Jesus himself in this musical parody celebration of the holiday season!

Get Your Life
TV Short Comedy

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Get Your Life is a hilarious scripted comedy about the very non-scripted life of comedian/actress Amanda Seales and her continuing effort to keep it real and find the funny amidst dating cornballs, Hollywood bs, and being a new New Yorker to Los Angeles.

Burning Greed
TV Documentary

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Alarms sound in the early morning. Sirens wail on Symphony Road. The neighborhood is burning nightly and there's nothing the tenants can do but wait in fear. Arson for profit was common in cities across the US, but nobody expected to find a conspiracy like this...

Bitch 'N Lisp
TV Short Comedy

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Bitch 'N Lisp follows two friends as they deal with the hardships of a bitchy demeanor and a speech impediment.

 

Gridlocked
TV Short Comedy

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Inspired by character driven sketch comedy series such as Portlandia, Saturday Night Live and Kids In The Hall, GRIDLOCKED is a 7-episode digital-series that takes the audience inside seven different cars stuck in the same GRIDLOCKED traffic jam.

Raising Ms. President
TV Documentary

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Raising Ms. President is a documentary directed and written by Kiley Parker that discusses why women don't run for office in order to discover how we can get more women into political leadership roles.

Darwin: The Series
TV Short Comedy

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Leo Darwin wants to change your life. He just can't help himself.

K&A: Gay Camp
TV Short Comedy

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Karly (straight) and Alex (lesbian), are dysfunctional, day drunk, and doomed in their co-dependent friendship.

Split Ticket
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In 1947, newly-minted congressmen and future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events described in "Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America" by Chris Matthews.