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Hi reader

We're a day early for November but, hey, we've got lots to share and not long to go before this year's festival. Time's a-ticking.

The web fest opens (and closes) its doors in less than three weeks, and we're now able to share everything that will be happening. Let's get straight to it.

First up, some bad news. We've been forced to cancel our conference programme due to a couple of late-breaking challenges - the withdrawal of a sponsor and an unexpected hospital stay for the festival director. We won't bore you with all the gory details,just focus on what will be happening.

First up, the festival now run on Saturday 18 November only.

The programme will be a very special speaker to kick off a day of screenings - all 60 of our selections - followed by our #NZWF17 awards ceremony in the evening. All the details are here.

We will offer one conference style session, and while it's not a full day it's certainly full of quality - our very first international guest speaker, Ajay Kishore. New York-based Ajay is the founder of Stareable.com, one of our festival partners and the world's largest curation service for web series and shows. He's also a bit of a wiz with numbers, and has grown Stareable's offer well beyond curation into offering support and strategies to help creators improve their craft and find ways to monetise their work.

In short, he's very well worth your time.

Ajay will present at 10am on Saturday 18 November, and stick around for a while after his presentation to chat informally.

In light of the changes to the programme, we're now offering two ticket types only - a Festival Pass (access to Ajay's session, all screenings, and the awards) and an Awards Pass (what it says on the box - access to the awards only). If you previously bought a conference pass and haven't heard from us, get in touch. If you previously bought an awards pass, you've been upgraded to a festival pass.

There is a limited number of festival passes still available, so you know what to do. Go here.

We really look forward to seeing you there.

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In somewhat better news, we're doing happy dances on behalf of some of NZ's talented creators.

Congratulations to #NZWF17 finalists on their recent wins at this year's UK Web Fest in London. Amy Street took the Best Doco gong, Bruce took Best International Series, and High LIfe took Best Director (Luke Eve). Playing at home in London, Darren Has A Breakdown took the festival's One to Watch award.

ICYMI we'd like to draw your attention to #NZWF16 winner Hweiling Ow's latest web series, Ao-terror-oa. Made under the NZ On Air-Google-YouTube initiative Skip Ahead, Ao-terror-oa is rolling out one show a week, plus lots of other fun stuff too. Check it out here.

In news of other short form content, we'd like to wish Hweiling and all the other finalists well for the 48Hours Grand Finals on 11 November.

We'd also like to offer congrats to Friday Night Bites director Roseanne Liang, whose short film Do No Harm (below) took out three awards at Show Me Shorts on Saturday night. Do No Harm won Best Cinematographer (Andrew McGeorge), Editor (Tom Eagles) and a Jury Award for Tim Wong's work on stunt co-ordination.
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Our friends at Melbourne, Seoul, and plenty of other web fests are already prepping for their 2018 editions.

As always, check out Web Series Mag for a great calendar of submission deadlines and event dates for web fests and other festivals selecting online content
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