Catalyst StorieRoad International Series Festival 2021


Catalyst Korea

Breakthrough Now Media is representing the first Catalyst Story Institute/Korea.

This series festival is sponsored by the US State Department, the TV Academy, and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. This innovative program seeks to discover and mentor new Korean content creators by advancing their careers within the global episodic marketplace while forging collaboration and personal connections between the US and Korean TV series creative community.

The Catalyst Story Institute was founded in 2006 and is the only US festival focused solely on celebrating TV and digital series. The yearly festival which takes place in October has attracted industry leaders from companies like Sony, HBO, Netflix, and Fox TV studios.

Up to five finalists will be selected and presented at a local showcase organized by the US State Department and US Embassy in Seoul in Summer 2021. All finalists will have their work screened at the 2021 Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth, Minnesota, and will receive meetings and mentorship with industry professionals.

Series content that is eligible includes unscripted formats, game shows, animation, short-form, dramas, comedies, and webtoons. No films. 

Find more info on categories and entry information. 

Catalyst StorieRoad International Festival 

Chat with Catalyst founder Philip Gilpin and Aubrey Paris, US Dept of State Technology & Innovation Policy Adviser

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The Catalyst StorieRoad International TV Festival

Breaking Bread: A project of The Innovation Station

The U.S. State Department's Innovation Station:   "Breaking Bread"short film series shares the cultural importance of food and food culture by engaging storytelling between creators in the US and countries in Asia. This project pairs content creators from five states in the U.S. Gulf Coast with filmmakers from five Asian countries to work together to generate new short-form content based on ideals and experiences around the shared experiences of food.


The beauty of our cultures and communities is shared around the dinner table, and so this innovative program strives to create discussions and explorations of topics including food security, culinary traditions, and food innovation while fostering connections and relationships between these communities. 


Films will be screened at Embassies and the US State Department film series in Washington, D.C.

The countries and states pairings are:

Korea and Texas

Turkey and Louisiana

Indonesia and Mississippi

Japan and Alabama

Thailand and Florida

Start date September 2021.


Learn more about the U.S. Department of State's Innovation Station.  

Engineering Innovation 

Breaking Bread, a global creative collaboration from the U.S. Department of State's Innovation Station: Collab