Hi reader

Welcome to our final - and fairly brief - round-up of web fest news for 2017. It's pretty much an opportunity to say a great big THANK YOU! (again) to everyone who was a part of #NZWF17,and to celebrate continuing successes for some of those participants - and others.

If you weren't trawling Facebook on Sunday morning (NZ time) you might have missed the results of pretty much the last web fest event of the year, the International Online Web Fest awards.

Congrats to #NZWF17 selections Amy Street, Le Myriapode and Other People's Children (below) on their wins, and a round applause for fellow finalists Ana, Or So the Story Goes and Shakespeare Republic.

Closer to home, congrats also to the winners at the NZ TV Awards. The Best Web Series gong went to Loading Docs (which was where Amy Street started its journey back in 2015). Millen Baird & John Argall took the Best Script: Comedy award for Darryl: an Outward Bound Story.

Darryl will be back next year in Darryl: A Coast to Coast Story, supported in the latest funding round at NZ On Air. Also supported were drama webseries At My Most Beautiful and interactive drama Alibi, from David de Lautour (Westside's Ted West). Alibi will play out across TVNZ On Demand, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.

So that's (a bit of) what's coming next year. Right here right now is a good time to relax with a good web series and we seem to be swimming in them at the moment, so here are FOUR new releases from NZ creators we'd like to point your eyeballs at:
New arrival Baby Mamas Club (above) is now live, as are the second seasons of #NZWF17 winner The Maori Sidesteps, #NZWF16 finalist Pot Luck and Psusy, whose creator Jaya Beach-Robertson presented at #NZWF16.
Submissions are now open for all three of our partner festivals who presented Direct Selection award at #NZWF17.
Copenhagen Web Fest: December 16, Earlybird Deadline
Seoul Web Fest: January 1, Earlybird Deadline
Melbourne Web Fest: February 28, Regular Deadline

Other submission deadlines coming up include:
Miami Web Fest: January 1, Early Deadline
New Media Film Festival: January 3, Late Deadline
Pilot Light, UK: January 14, Regular Deadline
DC Web Fest: January 31, Extended Deadline
Die Seriale, Germany January 31, Late Deadline

Also, check out the Web Series Mag calendar for a great list of deadlines and dates for web and other fests around the globe.

#NZWF18 will open for submissions on 1 February. and we'll publish more info in our January newsletter. And, finally for 2017...
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