Film Festivals for Web Series?

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I can’t say best since I don’t have enough experience with festivals, but I’ll share my experience:

  • Brooklyn Web Fest: They had solid programming and were well-organized. I had a good time both times I went. I didn’t see anything this past cycle. I think they may have closed up shop.

  • NYC Web Fest: The organizers were responsive and really nice, but they weren’t super organized. Having said that, I believe when I submitted it was their first or second season, so they might’ve ironed out some of the kinks by now. Also, the awards show, in site of some tech difficulties, was a lot of fun.

  • Stareable Fest: This is going to sound like I’m sucking up, but, honestly, I think Stareable Fest was fantastic, especially when you consider that was their first attempt at a festival (I worked at an awards show for five years, so I know how unlikely a feat that is). The programming was solid, the event was well-organized, and the presenters were quality (and accessible). It was a great networking opportunity and a lot of fun. If they managed that on their first attempt, I can’t wait to see what they do on their next attempt.

I’ve heard great things about ITV Fest, NYTVF, Just For Laughs and Toronto Web Fest, but I can’t speak from personal experience.

Hope this helps!

Pablo

Brooklyn web fest is over :frowning:

That’s too bad.

I’ve been to Toronto WebFest (and so has Bri) - it’s a solid festival

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@sgutchinov the regular Stareable Fest deadline is March 31st, and the late deadline is April 30th! All of that you can find in this link- filmfreeway.com/stareablefest

Oh jeez I’m sorry I’m late to the party here. Here’s fests that I’ve had a good experience with:

  • Hollyweb
  • StareableFest (duh)
  • UK Webfest
  • T.O. Webfest
  • Art of Brooklyn (they prefer premieres) -OR- IndieBOOM! (online specific, and while I used to be skeptical of online only they do a good job of getting the word out and getting the piece seen)
  • Katra Film Series - I had some trepidation going into this but it turned out to be a good experience

Non-web-specific fests:

  • Shriekfest - for sci-fi/horror/fantasy
  • Nevermore - for sci-fi/horror/fantasy
  • Boston Sci-Fi
  • Phoenix Film Festival
  • Tribeca (hard to get into - note that I’ve worked for them and also worked on films that have gotten in). I don’t really get their webseries “premiere” requirement and hope that that’s changed

If you’ve made something that’s genre-specific (sci-fi/horror/fantasy), I’d also look into applying to cons. I had great experiences at the cons - the projection systems varied tremendously from terrible to great, but the audience is terrific (I had a couple of Q&As go on almost as long as the film).

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Thanks, Arthur!
(And Bri, as always!)

Mika Gill
The Grey Matter Archives

Some of the film festivals in the USA that happen at cons are:

I can add more to this list, but this reply is getting long.

The Imaginarium Comic Con Film Festival (unrelated to the Imaginarium Convention Film Festival listed above) is a traveling film festival that shows its movies at a few different cons. This year they are screening at Wisconsin Comic Con, Atlanta Comic Con, Tampa Bay Comic Con, Michigan Comic Con, and Indiana Comic Con.

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Good list shame this wasn’t displayed at the top of this year I could have entered a few. Thanks for the info Carlo.

Seattle International Film Festival is a well-respected regional fest, a general fest, but in the last couple years they have created a specific thread for Episodics within their ShortsFest weekend. We screened our pilot for CUDDLE in an episodic package that was really strong and brought in a number of filmmakers from around the country.

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Wasn’t that as a result of absorbing Seattle Web Fest?

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Yes, that’s right.

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Hey,

Bumping this up. Wondering if anyone else has experience with NYC Web Fest? Considering applying, but haven’t seen too much on it and their fee is pretty hefty. Thoughts?

Cheers!

@pablo ?

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My web series got into the “Made in NY” category a couple of years ago. Here are my takeaways:

  1. The organizers are super nice. They seem to really want to help and are flexible if you can’t make their deadlines.
  2. They’re a bit disorganized. Their instructions weren’t always clear. The website is not organized logically. They miss their own deadlines. Uploading your media was a weird process in which everyone was given the same login for a Dropbox. I think this is (or was) not a lack of discipline but a function of them learning on the job.
  3. The awards show was fun. They had some tech issues, but it didn’t matter much. It was a festive atmosphere––great for networking and just having a good time.

We didn’t win, so I don’t know how effective a win at NYC Web Fest is for promoting your show. It’s also been a couple of years so they have worked out some of those kinks I mentioned.

In sum, there was organizational issues, but I had fun and felt part of a community. It depends on what your priorities are.

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Hey!

Apologies for another bump to this thread. Wasn’t sure if this warranted a new topic or not. Does anyone have experience with the WRPN.TV Global Webisode Competition (https://filmfreeway.com/WRPNTVGlobalWebisodeCompetition)? I applied on a whim a while back and just discovered I’ve been selected (yay!), but I can’t find much info about it.

I got into it once, about 2 years ago.

It was online-only, with the screenings and Q&A done via streaming/conferencing. Since then I’ve decided not to apply for online-only festivals anymore as they’re not great for networking, which is the main point for me.

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That’s definitely a good point. But it otherwise seemed legit and well-run for what it was?

Yes, it seemed legit, I never felt there were any red flags.
I honestly don’t remember anything about how well-run it was.

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