There are only two submission deadlines left for this year's NZ Web Fest. One is cheaper than the other, so get in before 31 July. And please tell your friends and other creators you know. Because of our participation in this year's Web Series World Cup, we're seeing a huge number of entries arriving from overseas, dwarfing the number of NZ titles in the mix. Fly the flag for local content!

We're also pleased to announce that both InkTip and iPitch are contributing prizes to the mix.

We've been thrilled by the response to our call for volunteers for this year's fest. If you missed the call but are keen to help out as we prepar, do get in touch - [email protected]. We'll make another call closer to the event for people willing to help out on the festival weekend.

We're also thrilled to see that the winner of the #NZWF16 Best Pilot gong, Ngāi Tahu's Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu (pictured, below), is now rolling out its full series. Check it out here.

Previous NZWF finalists Shaaanxo and Jimi Jackson are sharing. Shaaanxo takes a BTS look at her time at VidCon, where she presented on a couple of panels. Jimi Jackson's Jimi’s World is rolling out on Maori TV.

We're a bit late this month (a phrase we hope your last one night stand never texts you) because we wanted to include the announcements from the first round of #NZWF17 sponsor NZ On Air's shiny new Media Fund.

Big ups to Peter Haynes & Hweiling Ow, whose self-funded AFK took the Best Web Series gong at last year’s NZ Web Fest. NZ On Air have supported the second season, AFK: This World And The Next. Haynes and Ow are also soon to release Ao-terror-oa, supported under the NZ On Air/Google-YouTube fund Skip Ahead.

Also scoring Media Fund support for its second season is The Watercooler (pictured, below), the first season of which is on the Herald’s Watch.Me platform.

The, whose Fasitua Amosa won the #NZWF16 Outstanding Vlogger gong, gets Marks of Mana, a one-off doco about Pacific Ta Tatau, made with Media Fund support by Tikilounge Productions (who also make Game Of Bros for Māori Television).
Congrats are due to another pilot which is now heading towards production, Oddly Even, the winner of the NZ On Air-TVNZ New Blood competition. Big ups to the show's creators Isla Macleod & Ashleigh Reid.

The second season of #NZWF16 finalist Pot Luck is heading into production next month, having recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign on Boosted.

Among the Web Series World Cup fests, Austin, Melbourne and Sicily have recently ticked off their 2017 editions. Bella Pacific Media's Amy Street (pictured, below) came away the big winner from Melbourne with the Grand Jury Award. In Sicily Auckward Love took the
Rockzeline Distribution Contract award - presumably an offer they couldn't refuse.

Also playing some of those festivals was High Road, which is currently sitting at #5 on the latest edition of this year's Web Series World Cup league table.

Auckward Love and High Road are also confirmed for Seoul Web Fest (fka Kwebfest), and have seven award nominations between them.

The NZ International Film Festival is stretching its legs in Auckland right now, and has in its mix the premiere outings for four of this year's Loading Docs titles. For those who like joining the dots, Loading Docs was where Amy Street began its journey in 2014 with Wayne.

The great news for everybody who didn't score funding for the first round of Skip Ahead or win New Blood is that there is a Skip Ahead 2.0. All the important deets are here, and applications are now open until 10 August.

In case you missed last month's newsletter, we've locked our dates and venue for 2017. Block out 18-19 November in your diary because you'll want to be at Media Design School for our biggest and best edition yet.

Our final submissions deadline is 31 August, but if you're fleet of foot you can submit more cheaply before 31 July. Do us a favour. If you don't already do it, follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

JULY: Submission Deadlines
NZ Web Fest: 31 July, late

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