Melbourne WebFest is Australia’s international web series festival. MWF was the fourth festival of its kind in the world, and remains the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere.

Digital series entertainment is growing rapidly and is fast rising to challenge traditional modes of producing, distributing and engaging with screen content. Innovative web series creators are a driving force in this storytelling evolution.

Melbourne WebFest is working to acknowledge digital screen producers and is creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne. It is also an opportunity for the public to experience the best in digital series entertainment from around the globe. The festival includes screenings, keynotes, discussion panels, masterclasses, and, a live pitching competition.

In addition to the annual official selection, MWF also promotes Australian productions with its Spotlight program, which screens on the first day of the festival.

As a new addition in 2017 we are introducing an award for student series, and student productions can submit at a reduced fee. Submissions in the student category are only eligible for the student award, and will be screened alongside our Spotlight program.

In 2018, Melbourne WebFest will acknowledge web series creators and crews with the following awards:

Genre awards:

Best Comedy (International and Australian)
Best Animation (International and Australian)
Best Drama (International and Australian)
Best Non-Fiction (International and Australian)

Talent and technical awards:

Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Leading Actor or Ensemble
Best Original Score
Best Production Design *NEW*
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble
Best Visual/Special Effects

Other awards:

Best of Spotlight (Australian series produced for less than $20,000).
Best Student series
Crowd Favourite (decided by attendees at MWF)
Outstanding Diversity Award
Pitch iview
Grand Jury Award
Ruby tickets to partner festivals

The winner of the Grand Jury Award will receive a $1,500 cash prize.

Pitch iview is a pitching competition held live at MWF. The winner receives a $5,000 cash prize which is earmarked to cover travel and accommodation to Marseille WebFest for one person to attend their screenwriting residency in October, in conjunction with the 7th annual Marseille WebFest. The Pitch iview winner will also receive a free pass to the festival.

The Crowd Favourite Award winner will receive a cash prize (TBC).

The Ruby Tickets are awarded to series that will be picked for direct entry to our partner festivals in Marseille, Los Angeles, Seoul, Rome, Berlin, Rio and Sicily.

All award winners receive an exclusively designed and handmade trophy.

PLEASE NOTE: Awards and prizes are subject to change at this stage.

The circuit board, as a network of pads and traces that connect electronic components together, seemed like a great, visual representation of WebFest. Not only do the markings look like some archaic script, but the idea of ‘interconnecting’ plays a big part in web series production; being able to communicate a story to a global audience, all thanks to your computer. In fact the circuit traces almost look like an electric street map.

– Sophie Macgillivray

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