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We're happy to say that #NZWF18 is now officially open for business, and accepting submissions for this year's edition via FilmFreeway. We look forward to seeing if our very first submission in 2018 is as successful as Zyara, our first entry in 2017 and winner of many awards on the web fest circuit last year.

The first and cheapest #NZWF18 submission deadline is 31 March, but don't feel the need to wait until then to show us what you've got. Now's good!

Congrats to #NZWF17 finalist Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu and the second season of #NZWF16 finalist Pot Luck (above), both of which are nominated for awards at this year's Vancouver Web Fest in April.

Joining Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu and Pot Luck in Canada will be 10 other #NZWF17 selections, nominees and winners: Bruce, Duam, Jezabel, Magnify Melbourne, Or So The Story Goes, Other People's Children, Shakespeare Republic and This is Desmondo Ray. Good luck to all!

Other Kiwi shows heading for North America in the near future are Happy Playland, which will fly the flag at this year's Hollyweb Fest and 2017 Loading Docs title The Coffin Club, selected for SXSW in Austin, Texas.

#NZWF17 award winner Auckward Love (below) has begun releasing the short, informative and entertaining Crew Convos on its YouTube channel.

The first of the convos is with Jess Sayer on bringing LGBT characters to the screen - and also to the attention of homophobes, judging by one of the comments about the video. Which makes it a very good time for us to say with pride that the latest festival with which we've partnered this year is the Los Angeles-based Out Web Fest. Selection for the next OWF will be one of several direct selection awards we present this year.

As Pride has just done its dash in Auckland, it's a great time to check out NZ On Air-funded Fafswag Vogue.

That's all for this month.

Keep the #NZWF18 submissions coming, share the word, check out the other opportunities below and we'll be back in your inbox in March.
Submission deadlines
Melbourne Web Fest: February 28, Regular Deadline
Miami Web Fest: February 28, Extended Deadline

Out Web Fest: March 1, Late Deadline
Seoul Web Fest: March 1, Regular Deadline
Sicily Web Fest: March 1, Regular Deadline
Sicily Web Fest: March 15, Late Deadline
Melbourne Web Fest: March 27, Late Deadline
Minnesota Web Fest: March 31, Very Early Deadline
NZ Web Fest: March 31, Earlybird Deadline

SXSW: March 9 - 18
BA Web Fest: March 20 – 22

As always, Web Series Mag calendar is a great place to find festival listings and submission deadlines.

Only in NZ
TVNZ has opened its 2018 round of New Blood, with much broader application criteria second time around. Submit your ideas before 23 February.

Doc Edge's Doc Pitch is accepting applications until 16 March. All the info is here

We'll open our call for #NZWF18 volunteers next month, but if you're interested in working on a festival that's just a tad bigger than the Web Fest, the NZIFF is looking to fill a number of roles here.
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