Festival Director Steinar Ellingsen invites you to Melbourne WebFest 2015!
There’s only a week to go until Melbourne WebFest! This year will be bigger and better than ever, with workshops, panels, screenings, parties, a Gala Awards night and more.
Get your tickets before it’s too late. See you at Deakin Edge, Fed Square for MWF 2015!
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Official Selection Exclusive: The Scoop on Saturday’sScreenings
MWF ‘15 is less than two weeks away! The net’s buzzing, creators are biting their nails in anticipation and our committee is tirelessly working to deliver one hell of a fest.
Before we throw the confetti and party on up, party on down, it’s worth remembering our festival owes a great deal to the bread and butter of the whole weekend: the Official Selection. A few months ago, our panel sifted through a heap of world-class quality web series (tough gig, huh?) and we simply can’t wait to show you the best of the best.
For those of you gracing Deakin Edge, Fed Square with your happy faces on Saturday, get ready for an afternoon of the picturesque, the hysterical, the fantastical, the factual and the downright scary, with three heavyweight screening blocks to choose from. We’ve done it this way so lovers of certain genres can hit their sweet spot in one fell swoop.
Animation and Comedy
Our first session runs from 11am to 1pm and shows all the Animation and Comedy web series to be chosen for our Official Selection. Festivalgoers can expect a dose of the Aussie humour we know and love, with such series as the weird and wonderful The Film Lab (whose creators revealed their magical formula for a web series here) and deliciously local sketch outfit, The Peloton Sprints And of course, we are super excited about Mychonny Moves In, because…well…we just love Mychonny. If you haven’t seen the series yet, you’ll know why once you do.
But pepper this with comedy and animation from all over the world, and we’ve got a truly diverse roll of content on standby. Lost in LA, a hybrid AUS/US comedy, pokes fun at the mundane in a world where everyone strives for anything. While the Brazilian series Oposto de Sexo recounts the colourful attempts of a man to convince his wife to have sex with him. For those in love with American comedy, Artistically Challenged, Wallflowers and The Impossibilities are sure to please.
We have but just three crazy cute and awesome animated series in this screening block, the extraordinarily clever Meet The Ladybugs, an American series that uses music and comedy to talk about the serious stuff, the Canadian Lily Tells, an adorable exploration of how a six year old girl might go about film analysis, and Big Shot, a hilarious French romp all for idiotic stories in one shot sequences!
After all the side-splitting comedy and amazing animation, you’ll all be feeling pretty hungry right about now. Deakin Edge couldn’t be in a better location with juicy burgers, chips and brews on call at The Grill and Beer Deluxe. Be sure to make it back to your seats by a quarter to 2, which is when our next screening block commences….
The wonderful thing about Non-Fiction is it’s sheer scope of subjects and ideas.
There’ll be a series to interest everyone in the audience of our Non-Fiction screening, which runs from1:45 to 3:45pm.
Whether you’re hot for performance art (A Fool’s Idea), comedians in bars drinking beer (Comedians in Bars Drinking Beer), comedians who aren’t necessarily in bars drinking beer (Dayne’s World) or ethical problem-solving (What You Can Do), something will rock your socks off, and those entranced by the fascinating Stories of Bike last year will be pleased to know Season 2 made it into our official selection again this year.
Foodies will salivate over the quesadillas and chimichurri in ex-Masterchef outfit, Andy & Ben Do Mexico, but for those who love their Non Fiction informative and mind-altering, The Golden Age of Piracyis sure to delight, while Gettin’ Down offers fascinating insight into the dreams and personalities of those who live with Down Syndrome.
Australia and the U.S. dominated this block once again, except for Norway who stunned us with the tragically beautiful Stories of Youth, a doco style map of contemporary Norway in the wake of horrific acts. In the words of the creators, “it is not casted like a reality show; it is brutally honest and real.”
Suspense/Thriller and Sci-Fi/Fantasy
From 4:00pm to 6:30pm, we screen the best ‘peanuts, what was that’, ‘no, don’t open the door, for the love of God, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR, ‘this is so magical’, ‘I can’t take the suspense anymore’ type of content we’ve found on the web.
Proven to be very popular in past editions, our Thriller and Sci-Fi block doesn’t disappoint.
For those of you (and we know there are many) who derive some kind of sick thrill from being scared out of your pants, don’t miss the fast-paced Manigances: Notice Rouge or Guidestones: Sunflower Noir from our friends in Canada.
You know any web series with the words ‘Judas’ and ‘Goat’ in the title is going to be pretty messed up, so Judas Goat should also be on your list. The atmospheric and Italian Vera Bes blends dreams with reality and Canadian series Asset is sure to please.
We were super impressed with the high production value in our Sci Fi series this year, so those looking to be wowed should look out for Canadian series, Disrien, the Italian time-warp adventure Elba – Napoleon’s Legacy and American H.G. Wells adaptation, The Invisible Man, while in Spanish suspense Gifted Corporation we track down a mysterious killer.
Punters who were half weirded out, half in awe by Wastelander Panda last year will be psyched to see the latest dystopic adventure from our Aussie friends Wastelander Panda: Exile. And last but certainly not least, Julian Harvey and long-time MWF friend Enzo Tedeschi have truly amazed us with epically proportioned space escapade Airlock.
Excited yet? Good! Secure tickets for you and your pals here.
Saturday 11 July
Networking & Workshop
Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street 7pm – 10pm
We have your Saturday plans right here…After a long day of screenings, join us for a drink at our private bar at Jasper Hotel for a fun time networking with the creators, crews and our special guests. Saturday is for celebrating! There will be opportunities to purchase dinner at the venue.
After dinner the amazing Lean Filmmaking will be running an interactive, fun and inspiring idea generation workshop for web series. We hope to see you there!
Festival Director Steinar on ABC Radio’s The Drawing Room
MWF Jasper Hotel deal
Jasper Hotel is the 2015 Melbourne WebFest Accommodation Partner, stay there during the festival and receive a 15% discount, this applies for all Melbourne WebFest attendees. Simply visit their website and enter the code ‘MelbWeb’ to activate the discount.
Vote in the audience poll for our People’s Choice Award.
There’s only a week left to vote for one or several of your favourite MWF series. The poll closes atmidnight on 10 July (AEST).
All of our Official Selections are nominated for this award and the winner of will receive a $1,000 cash prize, in addition to the famous MWF statuette, and other goodies.
Alumni of MWF? Working on a new project? Having a showcase or a special screening? Starting a new crowdfunding campaign?
Doing something else that’s interesting?
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Contact us via social media or email Georgia Kavanagh-Dando on georgia@melbournewebfest.