tello films is no stranger to the web series community as they have been active players in the industry since the company's inception in 2007. Dedicated to showcasing authentic stories with a lesbian/bisexual story focus, tello has distributed some of the most popular web series to date and only continues to grow their roster.
After a devastating year for lesbian characters in mainstream media and in an effort to create more positive content featuring queer characters, tello films is holding their first ever Pitch to Production contest. They will be looking to develop a five-episode web series, each with a length of five minutes or more, featuring lesbian/bisexual stories.
"We at tello are so excited to be working with artists developing their concepts and creating new and different web series for our audience," Bridget McManus, VP of Development at tello films told us. McManus also commented on the lack of positive LGBTQ representation in mainstream media and how tello is working to change that: "Instead of complaining about the lack of representation and hoping showrunners will respond in kind, we're taking matters into our own hands."
What's at stake? $1,000 towards the development of your web series, the aid of a tello films executive producer and a six month distribution deal with the company. The contest is open to permanent legal residents of the United States of American and the District of Columbia for those who are 18 years of age or older as of June 15, 2016.
Submissions open on June 15 at 10:01 AM EST and will close on July 30 at 11:59 PM EST. Those interested in submitting their ideas will need to pay a registration fee but will be allowed to submit as many pitches as they'd like. Please see below for official registration dates and fees.
- Early Bird Registration, $25: June 15 - June 28
- Regular Registration, $40: June 29 - July 19
- Late Registration, $50: July 20 - July 30
Pitches will be reviewed by McManus and tello's Founder and CEO, Christin Baker. Three finalists will be chosen and get to work with both judges on the development and pre-production of their series. Finalists will then put together a video pitch, which will be judged by various team members from tello and the number of overall views the video receives from the tello community.
If you're a creator, with a passion for web series and have a great idea for an LGBTQ story, take a shot and see if you have what it takes to be part of the tello team.