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Actress Patina Miller walks the red carpet. On Thursday,, she’ll be honored right here in Greenport. Credit: Jeffrey Mayer

Noah Doyle founded the North Fork TV Festival in 2015 with one big idea.

“The purpose of the festival is to promote the art of storytelling,” he said. “It’s what we are about.”

Bringing together buyers of independent scripted television, and gifted writers, the festival is a marketplace and platform for creators. Held on the North Fork every year, it featured screenings in the historic Greenport Theatre – until 2020 when the pandemic made that model impossible.

After a 2020 festival that moved to a vineyard-turned-drive-in movie venue, this year’s festival, which commences on Wednesday, August 4, will peel the festival back to its essence — a showcase for the telling of great stories — with a series of scaled-down outdoor events and a pitch forum to bring promising script writers with great ideas together with a curated audience and panel of industry experts.

The festival begins with an outdoor Kick-Off Party, at the Sound View Greenport on Aug. 4, a chance for the public to meet the writers and honor the recipient of the Inspiration Award, Patina Miller, actress and singer who stars in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” on Starz. The party, held poolside at the Sound View, will also recognize this year’s Independent Pilot Competition winners: “Half Life,” created by Patty Carey, “Timberwood,” created by Blake McWilliam; “Middle of Nowhere,” created by Michele Palermo; and “Lost in Traplanta,” created by Mathieu Rochet.

On August 6, ticket-holders can attend a luncheon at American Beech featuring five writers presenting their pitches to a curated audience and panel of industry experts. The writers of the five winning TV Pilot Forum Selections are Chloé Lexia Worthington and Maura Kanter’s “Julie: La Scandalous Life Of Julie D’Aubigny,” Catherine Loerke’s “In Vitro Veritas,” Mirella Christou’s “Push It!,” Valerie Schmidt’s “Vigilante,”  and Orient resident Nadine Cheung’s “Room For A Pool.”

Tickets to the Kick-off party, the pitch forum and luncheon at American Beech are available at It’s  $500 for all access, $20 for the kick-off party or $100 for the pitch forum and luncheon

The North Fork TV Festival takes place from Wednesday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 6 at Sound View Greenport and American Beech.