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Hi reader

Thanks to all of you who've submitted shows to us so far, and a quick reminder that the first (and cheapest) deadline hits 31 March. So now's good... Unless you have a kids' show, in which case Sunday is better.

We're very keen to get more online content for kids at this year's Web Fest. This Sunday is Children's Day in NZ, so it seems like a good day to offer a discount to creators of kids shows. Check our social media channels for the discount code, and submit your kids show on Sunday 3 March to get 25% off.

As well as being open for submissions, we're also looking for volunteers to help out during the year. Our ad on The Big Idea is here, and we're accepting applications until 15 March.

Come join us :)
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Across the Pacific, this year's Web Series World Cup has kicked off in Bogota, and the festival's results are now in. Three titles from #NZWF18 were selected in Bogota and one of them, the very excellent French series Nemausus (above), won the Best International Web Series gong.

Bogota is one of our new partner festivals for 2019. As part of our agreement, we each get to select a show from the other's festival. We're excited to name Colombian crime drama Frontera City (below) as our first confirmed title for #NZWF19. One of the NZ titles from #NZWF19 will head to Colombia for Bogota's 2020 edition.

For regular updates on Web Series World Cup festivals and ranking tables, follow @WebSeriesWorldCup on Facebook.

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Here in NZ, one of our #NZWF17 winners, High Road, is back for a fourth season. It's screening on Lightbox in NZ now and, later, will play for everybody on YouTube.

Peter Haynes, creator of one of our 2016 winners, AFK, has a lovely interview about the show here.


Lucy Lewis Can't Lose lead Thomasin McKenzie added to her recent Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review Awards by collecting a Virtuoso Award at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both awards were for her performance in Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

Running 20-24 March in Ōtaki, the programme is now out for this year's Māoriland Film Festival. Local titles in the line-up include short Fan Girl from Mario Faumui. Fan Girl was produced by Lanita Ririnui whose Poi Hopes and Dreams picked up awards at #NZWF17.

Māoriland also offers another chance to see a couple of the 2018 Someday Stories, I Am Waru and Uapoifalemalu (the latter of which was a #NZWF18 selection).

The NZFC and NZ On Air have announced the recipients of their Asia-Pacific Feature Development Funding. Congrats to Blueskin Films, Screentime and to NZ Web Fest alumni Tikilounge Productions and Flat 3 Productions.
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There's plenty of good NZ content appearing at the moment, so wrap your eyeballs around ...
Emmett Skilton and Holly Shervey's new show Millennial Jenny on Instagram as @milennialjenny ...
the Baby Mama's Club teaser for (hopefully upcoming) series Sis (above) ...
the full season of #NZWF18 Pilot finalist Touch Wood, now bingeable on YouTube ...
some longer docos from Loading Docs alumni here ...
and Nick Ward's guide to the countryside, Fresh Eggs.
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Regular readers will be wondering what happened to the list of upcoming submission deadlines and festivals that usually appears here.

Well...

We've tried to do a better job by adding a calendar to our website. You can now see a much larger list of upcoming submission deadlines and festivals at any time, rather than just once a month. Check it out here: nzwebfest.co.nz/events/

If you look at the listings on your phone, engaging landscape format (the posh term for turning your phone on its side) makes them actually readable, which is always a plus!

If you'd like us to list your own submission deadlines, festival dates, or a NZ funding application deadline, please send the info to [email protected] and we'll add them to the calendar.

Don't forget that our own first – and cheapest – submission deadline is coming soon. Submit via FilmFreeway. Get in now and save some $$$.

While you're on FilmFreeway submitting your show to us, you might also want to submit to a couple of other festivals which have NO SUBMISSION FEES: Cinema Jove, Spain and Realist Web Fest, Russia.

Aren't you glad you read right to the end!

Enjoy March, and we'll be back in your inbox on April Fool's Day.
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