The first set of Web Series World Cup rankings for July is now released, following the announcement of award winners at Valencia’s Cinema Jove and the selections for WebFest Berlin.
There’ll be another update later in the month, as three festivals hold their 2019 editions over the next fortnight: Series Web Awards (Lima), T.O. Webfest (Toronto) and Melbourne Webfest.
For the first time this year, there’s a change at the top of the table, with Dreaming Whilst Black taking the top spot from Otsoen Lurraldean.
While plenty of contenders jockey for position, there’s only change of title in the top 10. Vincent Bossel’s Swiss supermarket-set comedy Bip (top image) replaces The League of S.T.E.A.M..
The new top 10 looks like this:
- Dreaming Whilst Black, UK, 142
- Otsoen Lurraldean, Spain, 133 points
- M, Argentina, 131
- Vieux Jeu, Canada, 88
- Public Writer, Canada, 86
As noted previously, some titles made several festival appearances in 2018, so won’t be eligible for selection by all 2019 festivals.
- Bip, Switzerland, 80 points
- Flight 69, France, 80 points
- A-Live, Italy, 72
- The Strategy Of Water, Switzerland, 68
- Gorda, Argentina, 67
As it has done throughout the season, Sui Generis remains the highest-ranked NZ show, at #17. The show’s 53 points put it within 15 of a spot in the top 10.
So far, 13 NZ titles sit somewhere among the 617 shows which now place on the table. Following Sui Generis, The Watercooler and Life in the Dead Zone are the next best-placed NZ titles. While 13 shows is a very strong showing for NZ, it’s not yet enough to challenge the Canadians, who are currently in fine form. Six Canadian titles place in the top 20, and 12 in the top 50.
That situation will only get better with Toronto running in less than two weeks, so Canadian shows are guaranteed to pick up more points.
We do keep an eye on how the submissions we receive align with or differ from those for other festivals. Compared with today’s table, 13 of the current top 20 shows (not all of them Canadian!) submitted to NZ Web Fest this year or last. Of the seven which so far have not submitted to us, five are 2019 releases which may still enter.
Best of the Rest
Flight 69 (80 points) remains the highest-ranking pilot on the table, and looks likely to retain that honour for a while yet. The next-closest pilots, The Well and Chateau Laurier, haven’t added to their points tally since the last set of rankings was published.
Also not adding to their points tally in this update are the three highest-placed webdocs: Happy Healthy Stronger Makeover, Click on This and The Green Challenge.
As well as the previously-noted Series Web Awards (Peru), T.O. Webfest (Canada), and Melbourne coming shortly, this month also brings New York’s Stareable Fest and selection announcements from Bilbao Seriesland, US festivals in New Jersey and Ozark Mountain, plus Russia’s Realist.
All of this activity guarantees plenty of opportunity for shows to improve their positions before the next rankings are published.
Rules of the Game
For those who don’t know, the Web Series World Cup works a little like the IRB Sevens tournament.
The cup runs each calendar year. Shows pick up points at participating festivals for each selection, award nomination, and award win. The running total is updated every few weeks. Organisers announce the winner either following the final festival of the year, or earlier if a show takes an unassailable lead.
This year, organisers will name three winners: for web series, webdoc, and pilot.
Published on 2 July 2019