The clock is counting down towards this year's edition and - we're happy to say - months of effort are now taking on the shape of an excellent edition of NZ Web Fest.

If you are thinking of submitting to #NZWF17, you've got around 10 days to get off your ass and do it. 31 August is the final day to make submissions. Like Lotto without the million dollar prizes, you've gotta be in to win.

We've already received a record numner of submissions this year so we're not short of shows to choose from, but we welcome more. A side effect of being invited to the Web Series World Cup this year has been a huge jump in the number of international submissions we've received, so we'd especially welcome more NZ shows in the mix.

Our #NZWF17 conference day line-up is beginning to take shape. If you think you've got something to share about, and especially if you've got teasers or completed work you'd like to premiere at #NZWF17, we'd love to hear from you.

We'll be announcing our #NZWF17 selections on 21 September, so save the date for happy dancing or swearing at the computer. Next month's newsletter will include news of the selections, but if you want to be one of the first to know, please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter and/or our soon to launch Instagram. Go on, do it now :)

Tickets for #NZWF17 will go on sale on 18 September, with earlybird pricing available until mid-October or until they sell out. This year we're proud to say we've gone with a Kiwi company and will be ticketing through Just The Ticket.
Congratulations to Tanya Wheeler and the RESET team – the latest NZ web show to pick up an award overseas. RESET won Best Web Series at the Web Series Global Festival in Los Angeles.

Last month Ashleigh Reid and Isla Macleod's Oddly Even was announced the winner of NZ On Air's partnership with TVNZ, New Blood.

July and August are traditionally slow months for northern hemisphere screen festivals, with summer encouraging people to strip off their thermals, venture outside and expose nightclub tans to their annual dose of vitamin D. Hence there's little news from other festivals, but the Seoul Web Fest (fka Kwebfest) presented its awards this weekend. Sadly the NZ nominees came away empty-handed but congratulations through only slightly gritted teeth to all the winners.

Next month brings Webfest Berlin, with High Road and Melbourne WebFest winner Amy Street in its mix, and Raindance in London, which has just named High Road among its selections. It'll be a homecoming of sorts for High Road, which shot the first episode of season 3 in London.

Also selected for Raindance is Auckward Love, which releases its season 3 on TVNZOD early in September.

If you're after NZ web shows to check out this month, Juliette Veber's interactive doco Conversations with Teen Mums is now online and the Candle Wasters' Happy Playland (pictured, below) is also now available in all its bingeworthy glory. Start here.

Happy Playland was funded under the NZ On Air/Google-YouTube Skip Ahead initiative, the second round of which will announce its funding recipients late next month.

And finally, a reminder to submit to #NZWF17 in the next 9 days, or regret it forever.
Submission Deadlines
NZ Web Fest: 31 August

Submission Deadlines
Rio Web Fest: 15 September
UK Web Fest: 16 September, late
Webfest Berlin: 8 – 9 September
Miami Web Fest: 14 – 17 September
Raindance: 29 September – 1 October

Bilbao Web Fest: 24 – 27 October

Rio Web Fest: 16 – 19 November
NZ Web Fest: 18 – 19 November
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