Winner Announced

Congratulations, Dickie Hearts

The “See Yourself” digital series contest is a partnership between Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Section II, and GLAAD. The contest is focused on LGBTQ filmmakers and content.

Contest Details

Submissions Open 12:01AM PST
Aug 02, 2016
Submissions Open
The “See Yourself" digital series contest is officially open for entries. Submit your original video pitch by clicking the “Submit” button above. See the FAQ if you have questions.
Submissions Closed 11:59PM PST
Aug 19, 2016
Submissions Closed
All entries for the “See Yourself” digital series contest must be received by 11:59 PM PST Aug 19, 2016. No entries will be accepted after that time.
Public Voting Open 10:00AM PST
Aug 30, 2016
Public Voting Begins
The Top Finalists will be posted at this time and public voting will be opened. Anyone with a Facebook account is welcome to vote, including contest entrants. You may vote on multiple submissions.
Public Voting Closed 11:59PM PST
Sep 06, 2016
Public Voting Ends
Public voting closes at this time and votes will no longer be accepted.
Top 5 Announced 10:00AM PST
Sep 08, 2016
Top 5 Announced
The Top 5 Finalists will be posted at this time for viewing and filmmakers will be notified. The Top 5 Finalists will be reviewed by an industry judging panel to determine a winner.
Winner Announced 10:00AM PST
Sep 23, 2016
Winner Announced
The winning pitch will be posted at this time and will also be announced on YouTube and in social media.

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The “See Yourself” digital series contest is a partnership between Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Section II, and GLAAD focusing on LGBTQ filmmakers. We are awarding a filmmaker or filmmaking team with a development deal to produce a digital series that focuses on themes relevant to LGBTQ audiences.

The contest begins August 2, 2016. To enter, please submit a 1-2 minute pitch for your digital series. Pitches can be dramatic, comedic, docu-style, or thriller/horror/sci-fi-themed. Pitch videos are due on August 19, 2016 by 11:59pm. Even if you don’t enter, you can still vote for the top finalists starting on August 30, 2016.


Some guidelines for your video:

  • It should include the name of your series.
  • It should include your name and the name of any co-writers/co-directors.
  • It should contain a basic “pitch” for your series: setting, tone, genre, main character, etc.
  • The series should have a strong narrative arc.
  • Show us your creativity! Introduce yourself, get down, have fun!
  • Finally, your video MUST include quality LGBTQ themes and characters.

You are also welcome to provide additional information about your series by including a link to a web page where you can share photos, videos, a series bible, etc.
For more details, make sure to check out the rules page.

Good luck!

One filmmaker or filmmaking team will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a development deal to create an original digital series with Section II and Adaptive Studios.

1. How do I enter the contest?

Record and upload a video pitch for an original digital series. The pitch must be at least 1 minute long and no longer than 2 minutes, and must clearly state your digital series concept and why your project deserves to win. Click here for a complete list of the creative requirements.

2. I’m a professional director. Can I enter?

If you’re a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), or if you’ve directed a feature film that was acquired for paid distribution, you are not eligible to enter. Otherwise, enter away. For complete contest rules, click here.

3. Can I enter if I’m not a U.S. resident?

Not currently. While we hope to extend Project Greenlight Digital Studios competitions to other countries in the near future, right now, you must be a U.S. resident (and 18+ years of age) to enter. For complete contest rules, click here.

4. Do I need Facebook to submit an entry to the contest?

Yes, at this time you will need a Facebook account to register with our site and enter the contest. As we expand our platform, we hope to expand to other options in the future.

5. I am getting an error when trying to log in via Facebook.

If you are using Safari, please try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox. Please note, that cookies MUST be enabled on your browser. Please enable the cookie setting and try again.If that still does not work, please contact

6. How long does my submission have to be?

At least 1 minute long but no longer than 2 minutes.

7. What sort of file formats can I upload?

Only MP4 files are accepted in our system. The aspect ratio must be 1920x1080, and no larger than 1GB.

8. Can I upload other supporting materials?

You can upload a custom thumbnail for your submission pitch video, and include a link to a website with supporting materials, including storyboards, graphics, PDFs, and bio information.

9. Can I submit via smartphone?

While your smartphone’s browser may support mobile submission, we recommend submitting via desktop for best results.

10. What happened to my entry?

If you got a confirmation screen on after you uploaded your entry, don’t worry – it’s been submitted. If you did not, or have another question, please email us at

11. How will I know if I made it to the Top Finalists?

We will notify all top finalists via email on August 30, 2016.

12. Who can vote in the contest?

Voting is open to anyone with a Facebook account, including filmmakers who enter the contest.

13. How will I know if I made it to the Top 5?

We will notify the Top 5 finalists via email on September 8, 2016.

14. How will the winner be announced?

The winner will be contacted personally by the Project Greenlight Digital Studios team on September 19, 2016. He or she will be publicly announced via the same day.

15. What does the winner receive?

One filmmaker or filmmaking team will receive $5K and a development deal to create an original digital series with Section II and Adaptive Studios.

16. If I've shot part or all of my web series, but it hasn't been released yet, does it still qualify as a submission entry?

Sure, but please keep in mind that you're only submitting a pitch video explaining the concept of your series -- although you can link to the series in the "additional materials" section of the contest submission form, and/or include clips from your series in your pitch.

17. What if my web series has already been released?

You can still submit, but keep in mind that we're looking for new concepts. The newer, the better.

18. Can my entry have been submitted into a festival?

Yes -- as long as you haven't received any significant monetary award for it and it was a bona fide festival, not a competition. But to reiterate, please submit pitches, not produced material.

19. If we are interested in making a second season of an already successful web series is this something we could submit for?

Yes! Pitch us on the second season of your series.

20. Can my team really only have 2 members?

Only two people can submit as official team members. However, we understand that more creative team members might be necessary to complete your project; if you would like, you may note additional attachments/crew members in the "Additional Details" section of your entry.

21. Can U.S. citizens living in other countries apply?Unfortunately, we cannot accept your submission at this time. As we expand our platform, we hope to be able to interface with international submissions.

22. Does my series have to be a standard series that would air or get renewed every year? Is it a limited or mini-series? Does it matter?We're open to any and all ideas and formats.

23. When does production start? If I can't start immediately, would I be disqualified from the final round?

We will work with our winner or winners to produce the winning submission following a method and timeline that is most convenient for all parties.

24. Can I submit multiple times?

Only one submission per user is allowed.

25. Is it possible to include a clip or teaser from our web series in the pitch submission?

Absolutely! We'd love to see it, but please keep your total pitch video to 1-2 minutes. Anything longer than that, and you will be disqualified.

26. The contest rules state that the pitch must be live-action, but may I create a live-action pitch for an animated concept?

Yes, you may.

27. By entering the contest, does Project Greenlight Digital Studios automatically own my idea?

The very short answer is no, but please see our contest rules and above FAQs for more complete guidance --- we've made a conscious effort to address all legal questions in as simple a way as possible in those documents.

28. The contest rules state that my team is limited to two people. What if I have more than two team members?

For purposes of the initial entry, limit your submission's entrants to either the writer and director, the creators, or any two people you designate as the creative leads on your project.

29. In the "Additional Info" section, what does "Total Time Spent" and "Total Budget" mean?

"Total Budget" means the amount of funds spend on creating your pitch video. "Total Time Spent" is the total amount of time you spent creating your pitch video. These fields are totally optional.

30. In my submission, where do I include links or examples of past work?

You may enter links and previous examples of your work in the "Additional Details" field, as well as any relevant biographical information.

31. I need a talent release form for my pitch video/short film. Can Project Greenlight Digital Studios send me one?

If requested, we will provide talent release forms to finalists.

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