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.
Further updates on awards coming soon!
In 2016, Melbourne WebFest acknowledged web series, crews and creators with a total of 23 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 Screenplay
- Best Sound Design
- Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble
- Best Visual/Special Effects
- Best of Spotlight
- Peddle Thorp People’s Choice Award ($1,000 cash prize)
- Crowd Favourite (decided by attendees at MWF)
- Outstanding Diversity Award
- Pitch Perfect
- Grand Jury Award
The winner of the Grand Jury Award receives all-expenses paid trips to LA WebFest and Marseille WebFest in 2017, with automatic entry in both festivals. Additionally, the Grand Jury Award winner receives automatic entry to Rome WebFest in September and Rio WebFest in December this year, as well as K WebFest (Seoul) and WebFest Montréal in 2017.
Pitch Perfect @ MWF with ABC iview is a pitching competition held live at MWF. The winner received a $5,000 cash prize. The cash is intended to cover travel and accommodation to Marseille WebFest for one person to attend their screenwriting residency, which is sponsored by Fox Digital. The residency will take place from 17 – 22 October, in conjunction with the 6th annual Marseille WebFest. The Pitch Perfect winner will also receive a free pass to the festival.
The People’s Choice winner received a $1,000 prize, sponsored by Peddle Thorp.
The Spotlight Award is for the Best Series in our “Spotlight on Melbourne” event at Loop on 30 June.
All award winners received an exclusively designed and handmade trophy for MWF 2016 and free access to Lynda.com.