2021 Finalists



Sami Loucif


Amina Castaing

The Mechanics of Movement

Mohamed Amine Mehentel & Louiza Mallek Zerdazi

Iddamen N’tazrut The Blood From the Stones

Lotfi Bouchouchi


Sabrina Salhi

Lost Blood



Gabriel Faccini

The Complex

Paula Pfeifer

Surdos Que Ouvem

Tomas Fleck

Online Confessional

Shantal Freitas

Blue Cup Cafe

Amanda Baião

Hairy Carry

Branca Duboc Pedrinha

Coalition Point

Gabriel Mellin

Boys From Ipanema

Cleissa Regina de Oliveira Martins

Preto Tá Na Moda/Black is Fashionable



Krista Hovsepian

Wholesome Foods, I Love You...

Is That OK?



Mischa Ipp

Weezy Goes Outside



Péter Hajmási

Chopin' Liszt

Károly Ujj Mészáros

Deeper Fake

Kitti Pozsonyi & Anett Bogdan

Prince of Speed

Gábor Herendi & Reka Divinyi

Ten Commandments 2.0

Terez Iren Koncz

The Bride



Penelope Kaufer

Inferior Instincts

Jonathan Ostos Yaber

The Morphable Man

Elke Franke

Pintando estrellas (Painting stars)

Alejandro Peruyero

Bajo el agua

Fernando Urdapilleta

Abuelita Punk (The punk grandmother)

Miguel Ángel Sánchez Macías

The Outcast's Dance

André Palavicini

Understanding Wicho


New Zealand

Millen Baird


Alyssa Stringfellow

Chole and the...

Paula Whetu Jones

I Date Rejects

Kathryn Burnett


Ahi Karunaharan & Maile Daugherty


Jake Pitcher

Don't Tell Mum

Stephen Campbell

The Cove

Mia Maramara

The Witch Doctor

Agnes Peel-McGregor


Emma Slade

Night Vision



Joshua Alabi


Omobolanle Edwards

Grandma Wura School Bus

Tolulope Awobiyi

My Film School

Saninye Alasia

Ali in time 

Nadine Ibrahim

Northern Belles

Adekunle Adejuyigbe

The Native Force

Todimu Adegoke


Emamodeviefe Edosio



South Korea

Tak Hoon Kim

The Curious World of Linda

Hoon Ryu

C.O.P. (Court of Puppet)

Christopher Weatherspoon

Jeonjaland [Electric Land]

Doh Hun Kim

Real Volume Up!

Kyeong Seop So, Jae Moon Lee & Chiehwan Sung




Rob Holub

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What is Storieroad?

Catalyst's Storieroad is a step-by-step pathway of meetings, workshops, seminars, festivals, and social events designed to showcase your stories to the industry, advance your career opportunities, and grow your trusted professional network.

Catalyst is where relationships are made. Participants have gained jobs, signed with agents, sold projects, and made career partnerships through Storieroad.

Who Can Register
  • Creators, writers, & producers with an independent series idea

  • If a project has multiple creators, each person must register individually.

  • Must be a citizen of at least one of the 10 countries listed. Dual-citizenship is allowed.

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

  • Projects can be in any stage of development: pitch, script, in-production, post-production, or completed.

  • Your projects can have any number of episodes. Projects with an average runtime of 15 minutes or less per episode will be considered "short form".

  • Pitches and scripts must be in English. Videos can be in any language but must have English subtitles.

Types of Content Not Accepted

  • Feature films

How It Works
  • Register here before April 15, 2021

  • Our team of industry professionals will select finalists & semi-finalists

  • Selections will be posted June 7th, 2021

  • Finalists will receive:

    • A showcase event in their home country celebrating their honor and displaying their work

    • One full scholarship to Catalyst Storieroad for 1 year

    • A meeting with Catalyst's Executive team to discuss your career path & goals

    • A creative meeting to discuss your project idea

    • Access to pitch seminars & virtual educational events

    • Your project will be automatically selected to be presented at the annual Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth, Minnesota, USA

    • 4 free VIP passes to the Catalyst Content Festival

    • Your career profile & project info will be listed in our content database for industry executives to search & discover throughout the year

  • Semi-finalists will receive:

    • A virtual meeting with Catalyst's Executive team to discuss your career path & goals

    • A virtual creative industry meeting to discuss your project idea & receive feedback

    • 2 free VIP passes to the Catalyst Content Festival

    • Please note: semi-finalists do not present at the showcase and are not screened at the festival

Do You Have Stories to Tell?
Storytelling is core to who we are. It's how we learn, it's how we connect, it's how we inspire - and it's how we shape the world into becoming the better place we want it to be.
You've come to Catalyst because you have stories to share and you're looking for the easiest path to have them funded, produced, and distributed to the world.
Setting Expectations
When it comes to the business of storytelling & production, your story falls into one of two artistic formats: (1) it's either a series, meaning that it is an open-ended story world designed for the viewer to watch over the course of multiple episodes, or (2) it is a film, meaning that it has a pre-determined beginning, middle, and end designed to be watched in one sitting (typically under 3 hours).
Catalyst focuses only on series, not films.
The Truth About Making a Series
The risks are much greater when investing in a series.
Because your story is in a series format, it is not good enough for you to just be talented and have a good story idea. You need to simultaneously build a network of people who believe in your ability to create an entire series that doesn't exist yet. Maybe you've already written or shot a few episodes but it's very unlikely that you have made a completed series to sell. Creating your show is as much about who YOU are as a person as it is about the story you're telling.
In contrast, when you bring a film to a festival, you're selling a completed project. The buyers do not have to wonder about your ability to complete the project, they can see exactly what they are buying.
This is why the series side of the business can seem so much more difficult to breakthrough - because it's all about relationships and trust. And that takes time (years) and opportunity.


Free to register

Catalyst Scholarship Fund

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