The panels and workshops at Seattle Web Fest are just as important to us as screening the incredible series we present. We film these events and publish them when possible as an archive but more importantly, as a way to continue the education we hope to provide at the festival itself.
Seattle Web Fest celebrated its 3rd year on Saturday, March 11th. The day was filled with incredible screenings, panel discussions, workshops, food, drinks, and lots of happy filmmakers.
We rounded out the evening with our award ceremony hosted by Bhama Roget and handed out a few trophies to some great web series.
Congratulations to this year's winners...
Best Directing - Attack! Attack! Art?
Best Cinematography - Seasonal Life
Best Editing - Edgar Allen Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Best Visual Effects - The Wizards of Aus
Best Writing - Edgar Allen Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Best Acting (Individual) - Rob Zazzali / Right Hand Man
Best Acting (Ensemble) - Boy Scauts
Best Original Music - Telegraph Cove
Best Production Design - Orazio's Clan
Best Local Web Series - The Adventures of Tracy & Felt
Best Dramatic Web Series - Madame Hollywood
Best Comedic Web Series - Bertrand
Best Non-Fiction Web Series - Waynak: Where Are You
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Web Series - Orazio's Clan
Best Horror/Thriller Web Series - Telegraph Cove
Best Action/Adventure Web Series - JourneyQuest
Audience Choice Awards - Best Thing You'll Ever Do, Shiny Baby Goats, Edgar Allen Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Watch the Facebook live recording of the entire award ceremony.
We're excited to welcome Special Guest Tom Skerritt and his fantastic series "Stroller Gangs" produced by Heyou Media.
Best described as "Sex in the City with baby strollers, meets West Side Story, meets Robert Altman."
Stroller Gangs stars Bhama Roget & Angela DiMarco and will screen during Block F which runs 6:30pm - 8pm. Mr. Skerritt hopes to be in attendance (if schedule permits) to answer questions after the screening.
Thank you to all who've signed up to volunteer! We should have it covered at this point.
Seattle Web Fest is a single-day free event put on by a small group of determined people. So small in fact, that we need a bit of a hand on March 11th.
We’re looking for volunteers able to help with a few things…
- Check in filmmakers in the lobby
- Direct people to our panels and screenings
- Answer questions about the day’s events
- Hand out programs
- Clean theaters between showings
- Count audience attendance
- Help process the sale of merchandise
- Hand out & collect “Audience Choice Award” ballots
We wouldn’t ask anyone to do all of those things but it’s most of what our volunteers do at the event. The more you can help with, the smoother the festival runs.
The festival itself runs from 10am to 10pm but we’ll begin setup at around 9am.
If you can help at any point during the day, we’ll take it!
Volunteers who can help for at least 4 hours receive a few perks…
- A SWF Badge & Lanyard
- An official SWF coffee mug
- Lunch and/or dinner
- Paid parking (Maximum $15)
We also try to make sure that our volunteers have the opportunity to see the screenings & panels they’re most interested in so when applying, let us know what you’d like to see.
If you can help us on March 11th, fill out the form below and let us know what jobs you’d feel comfortable with and what time you can start and end.
During Seattle Web Fest on March 11th at 2 PM, Matt Longmire, a local filmmaker and teacher, will present a 90-minute workshop to guide you through the ins and outs of adding Closed Captions and subtitles to your web series and films. If you’re not sure what the difference is between the two, you might want to take the class.
Have a new idea for a web series? Wish you could run it past the experts before you start development? #SWF2017 is here for you! On March 11th, show creators with new series ideas will have the opportunity to pitch their concepts to industry experts for feedback and insights in real time.
Get advice from the pros BEFORE you start filming. Be it audience engagement, budget considerations, or online platform questions, our panel of experts will be on hand to provide immediate feedback on both the show ideas and the pitch.
#SWF2017 is thrilled to be paneling at the 15th Annual #ECCC on Sunday, March 5th from 12:15 – 1:15 PM.
SWF Co-creators Darlene Sellers, Matt Longmire, & Liz Ellis will be joined by local web series film makers Jen Page, TJ Walker, and Tony Beccera to discuss, “The good, the bad, and the truth about going viral.”
We're excited to announce our partnership with IndieFlix!
They're providing our filmmakers and guests with some fantastic gifts!
All guests attending the festival will receive a free one-month membership. (In fact, you can even try it now using the promo code: seattlewebfest.)
What's more, all award winners will receive a free one-year viewer membership to IndieFlix and will also be considered for addition to their already incredible lineup of films and series.
And the award for "Best Writing" goes to...
Well, we don’t know yet.
What we do know is that the winner of that award will receive a free copy of Final Draft 10, courtesy of Final Draft.
Seattle Web Fest Workshop Presented by Seed&Spark
Saturday, March 11th at 5pm.
At the heart of Seed&Spark's popular “Crowdfunding to Build Independence” workshop is a dedication to connecting filmmakers with their audiences. Identifying, and then enthusiastically engaging, your supporters is essential to a career of successfully funding and distributing your films.
That's why in this 2-hour class, Julie Keck will teach you how to find and engage your fans, run an effective crowdfunding campaign, and then distribute your film—all while preparing you to make your next film.
Congratulations to the following series for being accepted into the 2017 Seattle Web Fest
A HORRIBLE WORLD
THE ADVENTURES OF BROKEN HEART
THE ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT
ALL ABOUT THE BRITOS
ANG WILSON: YOUR MAN AT THE SCENE
ATTACK! ATTACK! ART?
BEST THING YOU'LL EVER DO
DARK AREA. DAILY EVIL CHRONICLES
DOUGLAS FERN'S FACT FILE
EDGAR ALLAN POE'S MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY
FAT AND FAT
KEVIN NEEDS TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS
KNIGHTS OF NEW JERSEY
THE MESSY TRUTH
MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL
NARANJA THE MINI SERIES
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BROBOT JOHNSON
NUMBER OF SILENCE
REAL TINDER CONVOS
THE RICK AND STANLEY SHOW
RIGHT HAND MAN
THE ROOM ACTORS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
SHINY BABY GOATS
SHORTS ABOUT GIANTS
THE SHOW OF CUMULO AND NIMBO
TIME OUT WITH YES PLEASE! COMEDY
WAYNAK: WHERE ARE YOU?
WE ARE FATHERS
THE WIZARDS OF AUS
YOUNG & RECKLESS
For those series we were not able to program, please know that we deeply respect and appreciate your work. Every show we watched was an example of how much time, energy, and love go into making a web series and we’d like to thank you for sharing that with us. If you'd like to attend Seattle Web Fest on March 11th, we'd be more than thrilled to have you and we'd be happy to print a badge and lanyard for you. Simply email email@example.com to let us know.
For those series listed above, please take a moment now to fill out a few details we need to further market your series and let us know if you'll be in attendance and available for Q&A.
Meet the 2017 Selection Committee.
Each member reviewed every submission, often multiple times, and applied a rating based on their viewing experience.
Seattle Web Fest is absolutely giddy to welcome Sarah MacAaron as this year's Social Media Director. She's an absolute rockstar and we're lucky to have her help. She'll be handling much of what you see on our Twitter & Facebook feeds, bringing you news about the festival, and publicizing this year's selections. She even has a few tricks up her sleeve that we can't wait to bring to this year's fest!. Welcome aboard Sarah!
Sarah MacAaron is an award-winning Producer and Production Manager and as a native Seattleite, she's committed to supporting the independent voices that come from Pacific Northwest.
Her numerous production credits include the web series Manic Pixie Dream Wife (winner of Best Writing and Best Local Series at Seattle Web Fest 2016, Best Lead Actor at Raindance Web Fest 2015, and the Dailymotion Choice Award at Vancouver Web Fest 2016), The Long Haul, an interactive documentary by Amy Enser, featuring the Buckaroos, an all-male revue brought to life by Seattle's Moulin Rouge-inspired Can Can Productions, and MTV's The Real World Seattle : Bad Blood.
Sarah is a lifelong animal lover will try to hug every furry animal she sees.
Every year, Seattle Web Fest brings you some of the best web series from around the world, and many of those are made right here in the Pacific Northwest.
And every year, Northwest Film Forum (our fantastic SWF venue) features shorts & feature films from around our area in their multi-day Local Sightings Film Festival. We thought our two festivals should be friends.
The creators of Seattle Web Fest are thrilled to present a 90-minute block of locally-made web series during this year’s Local Sightings on Saturday, September 24th at 5:15 PM. You can buy tickets at localsightings.org/tickets and look for the “Best of Seattle Web Fest” block. (Direct Link to Brown Paper Tickets Here).
This event will take the place of our usual last-Tuesday-of-the-month Meetup for September.
We are ecstatic to bring these ten incredible local web series to yet another new crowd of filmmakers and attendees. If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll join us on Saturday, the 24th.
At Your Feet
Manic Pixie Dream Wife
Night Owl High
The Gamers: Humans & Households
Also, if you haven’t already and would like to submit your web series during our “Early Bird” submission phase, the deadline is coming up on September 30th so be sure to take advantage of that lower submission fee.
See you on the 24th!
The Seattle Web Fest Team
P.S. If you’ve attended Seattle Web Fest in the past and taken any photos or videos, we’d love to collect them to use in a promo piece. We’ll be giving photography credit as well. Just send us an email here.
We're back for our third year of Seattle Web Fest, and we're excited to announce that this year's festival will take place on March 11th, 2017 at Northwest Film Forum.
Today also marks the beginning of our "Earlybird" submission phase meaning now is the most affordable period to submit your web series for consideration and we can't wait to see the incredible content you've been creating since last year.
A few things to remember...
- The earlier you submit your series, the more you save as fees increase with each submission phase.
- Earlybird Submission Period: July 26th - September 30th / $40
- Regular Submission Period: October 1st - November 30th / $60
- Last Chance Submission Period: December 1st - 31st / $80
- Series that have previously screened at SWF can submit again as long as you submit a different episode. Use Code SWF2015 or SWF2016 to save 10% at any time during our submission phases. Series that have submitted but were not accepted in prior years can also use these codes.
- Series created in Washington State can use code: KEEPFILMINWA to save 20% on submission fees at any time during our submission phases.
- If you screened at SWF in 2015 & 2016 and won an award, you are not eligible for that award this year but are eligible for others. This rule does not apply for our "Audience Favorite" award.
- Our selection committee will review one episode of your series to be considered for selection. Series that have compiled their entire series into one FilmFreeway video submission will only have their first episode viewed.
- The episode submitted for consideration is the episode screened at the festival if that series is selected. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of our Programming Director. *Super short series may or may not have more than one episode screened at SWF*
- We accept submissions exclusively via FilmFreeway and you can find us at http://seattlewebfest.com/submit or http://FilmFreeway.com/festival/seattlewebfest
We're very excited to bring you another year of Seattle Web Fest and we leave it to you, the incredibly talented filmmakers and series creators, to help us tell the world about the amazing things happening in web series.
The Seattle Web Fest Team