There is nothing better than being ahead of the possé. We want to let you in on a little secret – there are just a handful of movers and shakers you really need to be following in the global web-series arena.
Sitting here on a wet Bank Holiday Monday in Ireland, pining for a decent sunshiny day we hear the weather is meant to be awesome in San Fran right now. To get the scoop on the ‘who is who’ of American and International web-series creators then, venturing to the San Francisco Web Festival, on June 5th should be a priority entry on your diary this week. And not just for the weather!
WE LOVE If like the Dub Web Fest team you exist online and spend your free-time, traversing the internet for entertaining video content, you live-stream new series, watch them back to back and found heaven in shows like Grace and Frankie, Bloodline or Bates Motel that save you from yawntastic mainstream TV – you are not alone. You are our type of audience. Web series festivals are cropping up across the globe to cater for your interests.
At Dub Web Fest, we associate with the most progressive, forward thinking innovators so that we can share what the digital storytelling revolution is becoming worldwide. Offering you a glimpse of work from international creators with no regulated format restrictions to those of mainstream production opens a new stage for script-writing, acting and production talent. Genres of Comedy, LGBT, Music video, Drama, Animation and Student web-series are powerful contributions to this new platform.
WHY GO Today we alert you to one such upcoming festival – the esteemed San Francisco Web Series Festival. Commencing at the end of the week on June 5th – 7th, it is guaranteed to shine as one of the top festivals to showcase 44 top digital creations this year across 8 countries and 8 genres. The entries have come in thick and fast for this event and the San Fran Web Fest Guidebook app explains what you can expect from their confirmed speakers, panel, screenings and networking opportunities.
THE SPEAKERS Audience can look forward to big names. The sound workshops from Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Sound Institute, storytelling workshops from Bernie Su of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and upcoming series Vanity beginning on Youtube on June 11. Youtube consultant Tim Schmoyers will explain how to amass the correct audience for your YT channel in his workshop. Many other producers, creative directors and media managers in attendance will share tech-bites of the trade, for your interest. Amazing is what we say.
THE ENTRIES There is such a high calibre of entries this year we wonder who will nab the Audience Award at the Festival. They receive a nice $500 cash prize from sponsors Indiegogo. The winner of the Best of SF WebFest gets automatic entry into the most famous film-festival-come-web-series festival in existence, Raindance Web Fest in London‘s Piccadilly Circus. Slick.
TO COME We wish our partners across the pool a massive congratulations and strength in coping with the final preparations. Stay tuned for our synopsis of San Fran Web Fest.
For further information on the festival, tweet @SFWebFest