WSWC: late May 2019

WSWC: late May 2019

The second set of Web Series World Cup rankings in May was released following the conclusion of the inaugural edition of the Apulia Web Fest. The update also included the selection announcements from Melbourne and Toronto’s festivals.

The major change to the table was the move to identify “community” shows, titles produced by team members of WSWC festivals. It was a nice move towards transparency for the benefit of those not in the know, but a mixed blessing from our point of view. We don’t share with our selection team members whether the shows they are considering have any kind of relationship with us – although obviously selectors who’ve done more than one edition may recognise a show from a previous season.

There’s been a fair bit of jockeying for position, but only one title (Dele Viaje) has dropped out of the top 10, to be replaced by The League of S.T.E.A.M..

Bragging Rights

Otsoen Lurraldean retains the top spot. The current leaders are:

  1. Otsoen Lurraldean, Spain, 103 points
  2. Dreaming Whilst Black, UK, 94
  3. Public Writer, Canada, 81
  4. M, Argentina, 70
  5. The Strategy Of Water, Switzerland, 58

As noted previously, three of the titles made several festival appearances in 2018, so won’t be eligible for selection at all 2019 festivals. The second half of the top 10 features two shows which began their festival journeys last year.

  1. Flight 69, France, 57 points
  2. A-Live, Italy, 54
  3. Dorien, Spain, 49
  4. Real, Argentina, 49
  5. The League of S.T.E.A.M., USA, 49


The League of S.T.E.A.M.


Sui Generis (top image) holds position as the highest-ranked NZ show, bumped up to #11 and only one point outside the top 10. Roberto Nascimento’s show picked up the LGBTQ Rights award at the inaugural Apulia Web Fest.

Over 470 shows have now collected at least one WSWC ranking point, and the table published today includes only the top 128, which excludes some of the NZ shows.

Today’s table includes NZ shows The Watercooler (28 points), Alibi (22), Ao-terror-oa (21) and AFK (18).

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, 16 of the top 20 shows submitted to NZ Web Fest this year or last. Of those that haven’t submitted to us, three are 2019 releases which may yet choose to throw their hats in the ring.

Best of the Rest

Flight 69 remains the highest-ranking pilot on the table, and looks likely to retain that honour for a while yet. The next-closest pilot is Chateau Laurier, with 31 points, followed by The Well with 26.

With 34 points, America’s Happy Healthy Stronger Makeover also remains unchallenged as the highest-ranked doco. There is tighter competition here than among the pilots, with Click on This and The Green Challenge both only eight points behind Happy Healthy Stronger Makeover.


Flight 69

Next stop

No more festivals run in May, so the activity which will contribute to the next set of rankings all happens in June. Selection announcements from Russia’s Realist, Korea’s Seoul and New York’s Stareable are scheduled for 1 June. Minnesota announces selections in mid-June, around the same time Germany’s die Seriale runs and announces its winners.

Berlin will announce selections in late June, when Spain’s Cinema Jove runs its 2019 edition. Copenhagen has already made some announcements, and is due to complete its line-up by late June.



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 22 May 2019