The New York Television Festival is moving from its longtime autumn perch to summer, with the 14th annual event now set for the week of July 15, 2018.

NYTVF organizers say the time switch from late October to mid-July is designed to strategically align the festival with the TV development calendar and maximize potential for officially-selected projects.

“Shifting the Festival and marketplace to July is strategically aligned with an evolving development timeline and changes in the content landscape that now has more buyers than ever before,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray, “and the response we have received so far has exceeded all expectations.”

The move also will allow NYTVF’s accredited industry participants to have exclusive, early access to Official Selections from the pilot and script competitions following the Upfronts, in time for the new TV buying and development season.

Entries for the festival’s Independent Pilot Competition will be accepted beginning January 2, 2018, with an early bird deadline of February 5 and procrastinator deadline of May 1. Independent writers looking to enter the third NYTVF Scripts competition can do so between March 7 and 28.

Official Selections for each will be showcased at the Festival in July, with invited artists to be provided with opportunities to pitch, network and meet with industry decision-makers through NYTVF Connect, a program that in 2017 included 600 development meetings facilitated by the NYTVF between artists and representatives from 77 companies including CBS, Comedy Central, Fox, truTV, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Hulu, Snapchat, and Audible.