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Given the perpetually increasing offer of quality productions, ‘discoverability’ remains one of the main challenges that webseries creators face. What can creators do to make sure their projects stand out from the competition? Among the options that are available to creators, they may enter their work in national and international competitions.

To help creators see clear through all of this, here’s a directory of competitions for which Canadian productions are eligible.

Note: Contact us to inform us of any other festival or award ceremony for which Canadian webseries are eligible and that is not listed here.

An initiative of the Independent Production Fund with the collaboration of the Canada Media Fund.

 

CANADA

DIGI AWARDS

Location: Toronto, ON
Gala held in: November

Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: The Digi Awards are Canada’s annual showcase of digital content, from video to marketing and advertising, to digital technologies honouring the country’s best and those making waves in the industry. The Digi Awards reward individuals and companies that embody the convergence of traditional and new media, brands, agencies, talents and broadcasters.
Note: Canadian productions only. Original productions in English or French. Fiction and non-fiction.

JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDYPRO – BEYOND THE BOX: PLAYING IT SHORT

Location: Montréal

Festival held in: July

Entry deadline: Usually in May

Description: The professional component of the Just For Laughs Festival offers the possibility to pitch humoristic webseries to a panel of industry experts.

Details: Must first present an application including a bible, a pilot, and a budget. The application and pitch must be presented in English. Episode length limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. The winner is selected during the event and receives a complimentary one-year membership to the IAWTV, 2 tickets to attend the next IAWTV Awards as well as a free trip (flight, hotel and festival pass) to the Just For Laughs Festival.

LEO AWARDS

Location: Vancouver, BC
Gala held in: June

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry through the presentation of an annual awards program – the Leo Awards.
Details: Open to British Columbia productions only. A single award is presented, i.e., Best Webseries.

LES OLIVIER

Location: Montréal, QC
Gala held in: December

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: Les Olivier publicly rewards artists and craftspeople who work in the field of comedy.
Details: ‘Humoristic web capsule, column or sketch’ category.

NUMIX

Location: Montréal, QC
Gala held in: May

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The Numix competition rewards digital media excellence in Québec.
Details: Limited to the productions of Québec-based companies. Awards presented in multiple categories (communication and promotion, cultural production, game production, webseries production, entertainment and media). New category in 2017: ‘Start-ups: Webseries.’ Productions entered must be in French or English or translated to one of these languages.

YMA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Location: Montréal and Toronto (in alternation)
Festival held in: May

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The YMA Awards of Excellence ceremony is the sole celebration of the excellence, talent and creativity of the people who produce digital content for young English- and French-speaking Canadians.
Details: Limited to youth productions. The productions must be considered as ‘Canadian content’ as defined in the guidelines of the CRTC and the CAVCO. ‘Award of Excellence: Best TV Series or Webseries’ category.

CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

Location: Toronto, ON
Gala held in: March

Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: The Canadian Screen Awards recognize excellence in film, television and digital media production.
Note: Limited to original English-language versions of Canadian productions that are considered as ‘Canadian content’ as defined in the guidelines of the CRTC and the CAVCO. Fiction and non-fiction. Interactive and linear projects in distinctive categories.

PRIX GÉMEAUX

Location: Montréal, QC
Gala held in: September

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The Prix Gémeaux celebrate excellence in French-language television in Canada.
Details: Limited to original French-language versions of Canadian productions. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (fiction, humour, variety, public affairs, magazine, sports, documentary, youth and performance). Interactive and linear projects in distinctive categories.

ROCKIE AWARDS

Location: Banff, AB
Festival held in: June

Entry deadline: Usually in March
Description: The Rockie Awards are BANFF’s flagship program celebrating excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award, presented at a ceremony each year at BANFF.

Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Open to Canadian and international productions. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

T.O. WEBFEST

Location: Toronto, ON
Festival held in: May

Entry deadline: Usually in March
Description: The IWCC (Independent Web Creators of Canada) holds the T.O. WebFest to support, connect, promote and celebrate independent content creators from Canada and around the world. The T.O. WebFest is a three-day festival that includes panels, workshops, networking, screenings, installations, awards and special events.

Details: Open to Canadian and international productions. The festival awards the best webseries in the following categories: comedy, drama, documentary and factual, science fiction and fantasy, action and thriller as well as interactive experiences. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

VANCOUVER WEB FEST

Location: Vancouver, BC
Festival held in: March

Entry deadline: Usually in October
Description: The Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) celebrates the progressive evolution of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. The festival hosts workshops, keynote speeches, a launch party, screenings, pitch sessions, panels featuring industry experts, and networking opportunities. It concludes with an awards ceremony and gala.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Canadian and international productions. Interactive and linear projects in the same categories. The festival awards the best webseries in the following categories: action/adventure, animation, comedy, drama, family, fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, and science fiction. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

WEBFEST MONTRÉAL

Location: Montréal, QC
Festival held in: No edition in 2017, back in 2018.
Description: The goal of this festival is to promote the work of international webseries creators and to contribute to the development of the digital entertainment market. The festival offers the opportunity to exchange, meet with the industry’s different actors and discover original creations. Webfest Montréal closes with an award gala rewarding the best competing productions.

Details: International productions of all genres.

UNITED STATES

AUSTIN WEBFEST

Location: Austin, TX
Festival held in: June–July

Entry deadline: Usually in March
Description: The Austin WebFest provides a venue for international film artists to compete against one another in a friendly atmosphere, while showcasing their webseries.
Details: Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

DC WEB FEST

Location: Washington, DC
Festival held in: April

Entry deadline: Usually in January
Description: The DC Web & Digital Media Festival showcases the best of the web by rewarding the best webseries and digital projects. The festival’s goal is to entertain, educate and promote innovative forms and diverse voices in the new media landscape.
Details: Two awards presented for webseries: Best Webseries, Best Script.

HOLLYWEB FESTIVAL

Location: Hollywood, CA
Festival held in: March–April

Entry deadline: Usually in January
Description: The HollyWeb Festival honors webseries creators for all of their hard work. It gives creators an opportunity to see their work projected on a big screen in a professional theater, as well as receive trophies and cash prizes at an incredible awards ceremony.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action and adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, documentary and non-fiction, soap opera). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

IAWTV AWARDS

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Gala held in: April

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The IAWTV Awards celebrate the best in digital entertainment. Established for digital content creators by digital content creators.
Details: Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, factual, animation, documentary, educational, variety and information shows). Awards are voted on by the digital entertainment professionals who comprise the IAWTV membership.

INDIE SERIES AWARDS

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Festival held in: April

Entry deadline: Usually in December
Description: The Indie Series Awards celebrate the best in independently produced and scripted entertainment created for the web.
Details: Awards presented for webseries in the drama and comedy genres only.

ITV FEST

 

Location: Manchester, VT

Festival held in: October

Entry deadline: Usually in June

Description: The ITV Fest is a venue for a community of creators, producers and actors working in the industry of television and webseries. The festival discovers the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, documentary, reality).

LAWEBFEST

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Festival held in: April

Entry deadline: Usually in January

Description: LAWEBFEST was created to celebrate, showcase and reward shows by talented independent webseries producers. Its goal is to expose and educate the webseries community and audiences.
Details: The festival rewards the best webseries in the following categories: student projects, non-fiction, drama and comedy. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

MIAMI WEBFEST

Location: Miami, FL
Festival held in: September

Entry deadline: Usually in April
Description: The Miami WebFest is an international webseries festival that is intended as a ‘window on the future’ of new media.
Details: Only webseries and video clips are eligible. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action, documentary, video clip, etc.).

NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Festival held in: June

Entry deadline: Usually in April

Description: The New Media Film Festival is a celebration of the intersection of new technology and storytelling that aims bring together cutting-edge technology, innovative storytelling, and world-renown talent to Los Angeles.

Details: One webseries category. All genres are eligible.

NEW YORK FESTIVAL’S TV & FILM AWARDS

Location: New York, NY
Festival held in: April

Entry deadline: Usually in October
Description: The New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the television and film industries, categories mirror today’s global trends and encourage the next generation of storytellers and talent.
Details: The television and film categories are divided into two main groups: there is a group for submissions which are distributed/transmitted and a group for submissions which are exhibited/screened. The festival rewards digital productions in the following categories: comedy, drama, educational, entertainment, music, news, special events, and sports. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

NEW YORK TELEVISION FESTIVAL – INDEPENDENT PILOT COMPETITION

Location: New York, NY
Festival held in: October
Entry deadline: Usually in May
Description: The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual initiative, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and series, short films, and short-form webseries from around the globe. If a project is episodic in nature and is meant to be consumed in multiple chapters over time, then it’s TV.
Details: All pilots must have a total running time of between 4 and 60 minutes. Two types of pilots: Scripted/Narrative (comedy, drama, etc.) or Unscripted/Nonfiction (reality, episodic docu-series, educational, documentary, etc.). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

NYC WEB FEST

Location: New York NY
Festival held in: November

Entry deadline: Usually in May
Description: Le NYC Web Fest brings together digital producers from around the world and creates an organic space where they can showcase their talent, network with other artists, and learn from industry professionals.
Details: Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre. Awards for the best international project and the best foreign-language project.

SEATTLE WEB FEST

Location: Seattle, WA
Festival held in: March

Entry deadline: Usually in December
Description:
The Seattle Web Fest celebrates independent television by curating a selection of incredible webseries from the Seattle area and around the world. The festival also hosts panels and workshops facilitated by industry professionals.
Details: Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, factual, science fiction/fantasy, horror/thriller, action/adventure). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

 

WEBBY AWARDS

Location: New York, NY
Festival held in: May

Entry deadline: Usually in January
Description: The Webby Awards honor excellence on the Internet and are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a 1,000+ member judging body.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. The Webby Awards honor excellence in six major media types: Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Podcasts & Digital Audio. The Webby Awards present two honors in each category: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

 

EUROPE

CROSS VIDEO DAYS

Location: Paris, France
Festival held in: October
Entry deadline: Usually in May

Description: Cross Video Days is a unique market in Europe, the only one that is entirely devoted to the digital audiovisual industry. Its goal is to organize a meeting between creators and funders to give form to these new universes.
Details: Category for linear web projects designed specifically for digital distribution. No restriction as to genre (documentary, fiction, animation, educational, etc.) or distribution channel.

DUBLIN WEB FEST

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Festival held in: November

Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: Uniting digital media and tech worlds, the Dublin Web Fest provides a platform for original webseries and short-form digital content, as TV and film production professionals gather in Dublin for this unique annual event.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction in all genres. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, etc.). All entries, including international submissions, are eligible for prize awards in each category. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

FESTIVAL TOUS ÉCRANS

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Festival held in: October (the 2017 edition will be held in Montréal during the Festival du nouveau cinéma)

Entry deadline: Usually in April
Description: A one-of-a-kind festival in Europe, the Festival Tous Écrans explores the links between cinema, television and digital art, while defending the author’s place in the artistic process, regardless of audiovisual format. It also pays homage to the web through an international webseries competition and boldly combines works of fiction and documentary projects.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Projects may be submitted, but an international selection committees proceeds mainly by recruitment.

INTERNATIONAL EMMY KIDS AWARDS @MIPTV

Location: Cannes, France
Festival held in: April (during the MIPTV)

Entry deadline: usually in February
Description: The International Digital Emmy® Award is an American award presented yearly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in programming and added-value content.
Details: Projects submitted must have been created and designed outside of the United States to encourage audience interaction or digital distribution (e.g., mobile phone, Internet, interactive television, etc.). An award is presented for digital projects.

LIÈGE WEB FEST

Location: Liège, Belgium
Festival held in: No edition in 2017 (the festival has been put on hold for an indefinite period)
Description: The Liège Web Fest is Belgium’s first transmedia, webseries, virtual reality and digital artworks festival. It pursues two goals: to present these works to the general public and to foster and generate reflection on these new creations.
Details: Two competitions are proposed: Belgian and International.

MARSEILLE WEB FEST

Location: Marseille, France
Festival held in: October

Entry deadline: Usually in April
Description: The Marseille Web Fest is the international festival of fictional webseries. This festival aims to organize a competition between an official selection of international digital series decided by a jury of international professionals as well as to facilitate encounters between creators, producers and broadcasters in the new content market.

Details: Fiction only. All digital series submitted must be subtitled in French (for the general public) and/or in English (for international jury members).

RAINDANCE WEB FEST

Location: London, United Kingdom
Festival held in: September–October

Entry deadline: Usually in June
Description: The Raindance Web Fest is held during the Raindance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in Europe. Raindance aims to support and promote independent films and filmmakers in the UK and throughout the world.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Interactive and linear projects in the same categories.

ROMA WEB FEST

Location: Rome, Italy
Festival held in: September–October
Entry deadline: Usually in August

Description: The Roma Web Fest seeks to promote a new model of interaction between the traditional and new film productions, which use the Internet to create and upload their contents.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, comedy sketch, drama, science fiction/fantasy/horror, documentary/reality). Foreign work may be included only in the ‘Foreign Web Series’ category; webseries that are not in English must be subtitled in English or Italian.

SWISS WEB FESTIVAL

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Festival held in: October

Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: A gathering place for audiovisual, new media and communication industry representatives, the Swiss Web Festival seeks to support and showcase international audiovisual works created for the web.
Details: The competition includes 7 categories (documentary, fiction, humour, news, tourism, culture and entertainment, advertising). All programs entered must be produced, dubbed or subtitled in French.

UK WEB FEST

Location: London, United Kingdom
Festival held in: October
Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: The UK Web Fest is the largest regional festival in the United Kingdom and the country’s second largest digital festival.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Short films are not eligible. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, thriller, horror, science fiction, documentary). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English. The winners and 10 officially selected webseries will have the opportunity to showcase their content on http://webfliks.tv/, a new streaming app and website only for partnered webseries.

WEBFEST BERLIN

Location: Berlin, Germany
Festival held in: September

Entry deadline: Usually in June
Description: Webfest Berlin is the first international festival in Germany dedicated to presenting, recognizing and advancing short-form digital series from around the world.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Jury and people’s awards. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, animation, science fiction, fantasy, horror, action/thriller, and suspense). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

WEB PROGRAM FESTIVAL

Location: Paris, France
Festival held in: March

Entry deadline: Usually in February
Description: The Web Program Festival is an international festival that showcases content created exclusively for distribution on the web.
Details: People’s and jury awards. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (news, magazine, public affairs, animation, arts, travel, documentary, fiction, humour, youth, etc.). French-language productions or productions dubbed or subtitled in French.

WENDIE WEBFEST HAMBURG

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Festival held in: September
Entry deadline: Usually in April

Description: The Wendie WebFest celebrates creators’ DIY culture and ethics.
Details: Fiction only. Three cash awards (gold, silver, bronze). Awards also presented for the best cliffhanger, the best concept and the best understanding of the web. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

ASIA AND OCEANIA

KWEBFEST

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Festival held in: August

Entry deadline: Usually in May
Description: The goal of Kwebfest is to serve as a hub for digital culture.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (action, animation, comedy, drama, thriller, horror, science fiction). Entries that are not in English must be dubbed in English or have English subtitles. Once selected, an English script (Dialogue list) must be prepared for Korean subtitles.

MELBOURNE WEBFEST

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Festival held in: June–July

Entry deadline: Usually in March
Description: The 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, master classes, and a live pitching competition.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, animation, documentary). The Grand Jury Award is an all-expenses paid trip to both the Marseille Web Fest and LA WebFest. The People’s Choice Award is a cash prize. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

NEW ZEALAND WEB FEST

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Festival held in: November

Entry deadline: Usually in August

Description: The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand’s festival for online content, webseries, shows, YouTube channels, fiction, factual, and anything in between. If it was made for online, it’s probably eligible for consideration.

Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (animation, youth, drama, etc.). Award for the best international webseries. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

LATIN AMERICA

BAJA WEB FEST

Location: Tijuana, Mexico
Festival held in: June
Entry deadline: Usually in April

Description: The Baja Web Fest is Mexico’s first webseries festival.
Details: Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror, animation, new media, and documentary). Series that have Spanish as their primary language must be subtitled in English.

BAWEBFEST

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Festival held in: March

Entry deadline: Usually in January
Description: The BAWEBFEST is South America’s first festival devoted to both local and international webseries.
Details: Awards presented in the following categories: best webseries, best production, best script, best male performance, and best female performance. Productions that are not in Spanish must be dubbed or subtitled in English or Spanish.

RIO WEBFEST

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Festival held in: November–December

Entry deadline: Usually in September
Description: The Rio WebFest is Brazil’s largest international festival devoted to web creations.
Details: Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action, documentary, video clip, etc.). Special cash prizes. The winning webseries will be selected for an all-expenses paid trip to the Marseille Web Fest. This festival also represents the final round of the Web Series World Cup, an international webfest contest created by Joël Bassaget, web series blogger for the French newspaper Libération.

 

Last update: April 2017