WSWC: June 2019
June’s Web Series World Cup rankings are now released, following the conclusion of Germany’s Die Seriale. The update also includes points awarded from the selection announcements of the Minnesota, Seoul and Stareable festivals.
The WSWC has also clarified that shows identified as “community” shows (shows produced by team members of WSWC festivals) will not be eligible to win the WSWC awards. They will receive points and appear on tables but, come the end of the year, won’t be eligible to receive the awards for Web Series, WebDoc or Pilot even if they’re the best-ranked show in those categories.
Otsoen Lurraldean retains the top spot. Although Dreaming Whilst Black (top image) is snapping at its heels, the British show released last year so may run out of festival selections. However, as Otsoen Lurraldean is made by the directors of Bilbao Seriesland, it’s not in contention for the trophy.
In this ranking update, Gorda and Vieux Jeu have joined the top 10, displacing Spain’s Dorien and Argentina’s Real. For now, the top 10 looks like this:
- Otsoen Lurraldean, Spain, 133 points
- Dreaming Whilst Black, UK, 127
- M, Argentina, 93
- Public Writer, Canada, 86
- Flight 69, France, 72 points
As noted previously, some titles made several festival appearances in 2018, so won’t be eligible for selection by all 2019 festivals.
- The Strategy Of Water, Switzerland, 68
- Vieux Jeu, Canada, 65
- A-Live, Italy, 64
- Gorda, Argentina, 59
- The League of S.T.E.A.M., USA, 59
Sui Generis remains the highest-ranked NZ show, currently at #15.
June’s table, which has the shows ranked 1-71, also includes NZ shows AFK, Alibi, Ao-terror-oa, Life in the Dead Zone and The Watercooler.
A whopping 579 shows have now collected at least one WSWC ranking point, so there are a few hundred shows – including some NZ titles – not shown on the table published today.
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, 15 of the current top 20 shows submitted to NZ Web Fest this year or last. Of those that haven’t submitted to us, four are 2019 releases which may yet choose to throw their hats in the ring.
Best of the Rest
Flight 69 (72 points) remains the highest-ranking pilot on the table, and looks likely to retain that honour for a while yet. The next-closest pilot are US show The Well (44 points) and Canada’s Chateau Laurier (36 points).
Despite adding no points since the last table was released, America’s Happy Healthy Stronger Makeover (34 points) remains the highest-ranked webdoc. The closest challengers, Click on This and The Green Challenge, each have 31 points. Two Canadian shows, Canadiana and Farm Crime have 26 points, so there’s plenty of competition there.
Still to run in June is Spain’s Cinema Jove.
Selection and/or nomination announcements are due over the next couple of weeks or so from Russia’s Realist, Germany’s Webfest Berlin, and later in July from Spain’s Bilbao and two US festivals, New Jersey and Ozark Mountain.
All of which means there’ll be plenty of jockeying for position 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 Rugby 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.
Published on 19 June 2019