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2021 Festival Deadline

July 5, 2021

Festival Project Fee


Festival Notification Date

August 31, 2021

Festival Dates

Sept 29 - Oct 3, 2021

Festival Location

Duluth, MN

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

  • Projects can be submitted as a pitch, script, or completed produced video

  • You may submit as many projects as you want but you will need to pay the fee for each project

  • You may submit the same project in multiple categories (for example, as a script and as video) but you will need to pay the fee for each category


Types of Content Not Accepted

Feature films

The Difference Between the Content Festival & the Storieroad Institute

The Catalyst Content Festival is a 5-day annual event in Duluth, Minnesota where selected pitches,

scripts, and produced pilots/series are showcased to the general public & industry audiences. The festival also includes live panel discussions, industry social events, and an awards ceremony.

The Catalyst Story Institute (aka, Storieroad) is a year-round educational and professional development program that prepares creators for industry meetings & pitch sessions through a series of seminars, workshops & events. Institute members are automatically granted 1 free festival project submission and 1 Creator badge to the in-person Content Festival.

Storieroad Institute Submissions

If you are currently enrolled in Storieroad, you DO NOT need to re-submit your project here. As an institute member, your project is automatically put into consideration for the festival.

Submission Waivers

To be fair to all creators, we do not offer submission waivers. No exceptions.

Covid-19 Plans

The 2021 festival will be a hybrid in-person/online event. Details about tickets and virtual passes are available on the ticket page.