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2020 Registration is Open!

DEADLINE: JAN 15, 2020


Welcome to the Catalyst Stories Institute (aka, Storieroad)! The launch of Storieroad marks a major shift in the way Catalyst selects which creators and projects are including in the festival and considered for meetings with industry executives and professionals.

Unlike previous years, Catalyst now requires creators to complete a straightforward series of online and/or in-person seminars, workshops, and educational modules to be considered for Network Notes and Marketplace meetings that have successfully advanced creators' careers.

This aims to simplify the industry process. It will better prepare creators for meetings, and will allow our Catalyst team to set up even better and more targeted meetings.

Why Change the Process?

For many content creators, developing a career path within the television/multimedia industry can feel confusing and overwhelming. They would prefer to focus their time on being creative instead of worrying about what to do next, how to get seen, who to talk to, etc. We aim to give them that support.

While the festival week is an amazing pinnacle of every year, it has grown to the point where there is too much happening at once for creators to meet everyone in 5 short days. Spreading out the Catalyst process over the course of the year will allow creators to make more connections and better industry relationships.

Who Can Enroll

Storieroad is designed for content creators, writers, & producers of narrative, episodic and serialized projects. There are also special modules and events for actors, directors, editors, cinematographers and other above the line talent.

What Types of Projects are Accepted?

Narrative/episodic/serialized content of any genre, style, type and length: comedy, drama, thriller, scripted, unscripted, documentary, TV, social media, short form, "half-hour", "hour-long", radio, podcast, reality, talk show, game show, animation, kids, gaming, VR, mobile, etc.

Projects can currently be in any stage of development: ideation, pitch, script, production, post-production, completed. They can be new ones you're working on now, or previous ones you've already finished.​

The Process
  • Register before Jan 15th here

  • You'll have until Feb 1st to complete the detailed project information form for the 1 or 2 projects you want to include in the 2020 Catalyst process. Take your time and fill out the project info at your leisure. Your projects will be automatically submitted for festival consideration in the pitch, script and/or series competitions accordingly.​

  • Based on the information you provide (genre of project, your location, etc) we will send you a schedule of Storieroad event dates and times for you to choose from in locations closest to you. Virtual options will be available if you cannot make the events in person.

Who are the Industry Professionals Involved?

The industry producers, casting directors, writers, directors, lawyers, agents, speakers and other professionals who partner with us changes every year. The full list is posted in March when the schedule is announced. You can see last year's list here.

Catalyst Stories Registration Includes
  • Up to 2 project inclusions for Storieroad and the festival

  • Free access to year-round seminars and workshops in New York, Los Angeles, and /or Minnesota areas (view details)

  • 1 Creator pass to the 2020 festival in Duluth Sept 30-Oct 4

  • Eligibility towards production notes & executive meetings once specific Storieroad thresholds are met (view details)

  • Projects listed in content database for executive access throughout the year


Register today thru Jan 15 for $185 for the year or pay $19/month


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