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Welcome to our March newsletter, coming to you as we head towards the first – and cheapest – of our submission deadlines.

Join the many canny folk who've already thrown their digital hats in the ring by submitting before 31 March and save yourself a few bucks. Look for us on FilmFreeway to be in to win. Wherever you are, we welcome your submissions.

On the subject of winning, we're happy to announce that we've renewed our deal with InkTip for prizes in selected categories. Winners will get InkTip script listings that will put their work in front of producers from a large range of US networks including ABC, FX and HBO; studios including Fox, Paramount and Universal; plus production companies including Anonymous Content, Bad Robot and Echo Lake.

Although we're still a good few months from opening the doors at #NZWF18, plenty of other festival organisers are already well into are-we-going-to-be-ready-in-time mode.

While they sweat, put your hands together for a bunch of local shows finding selection love at home and overseas...

The Māori Side Steps (below) and Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu, both of which are NZ Web Fest winners, playin the Māoriland Film Festival in Ōtaki this week.

Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu continues on to Vancouver Web Fest next month, where it;s nominated alongside fellow #NZWF17 finalist Magnify Melbourne for the Best Documentary gong. Also in Vancouver, nominated for Best Dramedy, will be Pot Luck.

Early in April Washington's DC Web Fest has Psusy as the sole NZ selection (no pressure!) in its line-up. Also running in April is Spain's Carballo Interplay (“film and internet on the Death Coast”), which has recently named its competition line-up. Flying the stars and Jack will be The Candle Wasters' Bright Summer Night (below).


Luke Eve, creator of last year's #NZWF17 and WSWC winner High Life, will be one of the six finalists for MipTV's Digital Short Form Series Pitch in Cannes next month. Eve will be pitching new series The G.O.A.T.

Also heading to Cannes will be local production house Screentime, whose Dead Head is a competitor at In Development, run by MIPTV and the Cannes International TV Series Festival (CanneSeries).

Seeking assistance closer to home are a couple of web series running Boosted campaigns. Touch Wood is rattling the tin until 26 March here. Closing its campaign on 4 April is Path to the Stars (below), a self-help guide. Possibly.

Having mentioned a whole bunch of shows you can't yet see (apart from the pilot for Touch Wood), you can now binge the latest, and final, season of Flat3's #NZWF17 winner Friday Night Bites. Earlier this week, the show was chosen as a Stareable Pick of the Day.

The second series of Roberto Nascimento's The Adventures of Suzy Boon is out 30 March (NZ) and 9 April (international). Enjoy the trailer here.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for programme announcements for this year's Doc Edge Festival and Screen Edge Forum, running in May.

For Kiwis, the submission deadline for this year's Loading Docs is coming up soon, on 3 April, so get in quick. Once that deadline has passed, sharpen your pencils ready to register for this year's 48Hours. Registration opens 10 April; shoot weekend is 11-13 May.

Sticking with short form content, Show Me Shorts is currently seeking interns to help deliver this year's festival. Here at #NZWF18, we're also looking for volunteers.

Finally, don't miss our 31 March Early Bird deadline, check out other opportunities below, enjoy Easter and we look forward to catching up again next month.
March Deadlines
Melbourne Web Fest: March 27, Late Deadline
Minnesota Web Fest: March 31, Very Early Deadline
NZ Web Fest: March 31, Early Bird deadline

April Deadlines
Out Web Fest: April 1, Really Late Submissions
New Media Film Festival: April 25, Final Deadline
Minnesota Web Fest: April 30, Earlybird Deadline
UK Web Fest: April 30, Earlybird Deadline

April Events
Carballo Interplay: April 4 – 7
HollyWeb Festival: 5-8 April
DC Web Fest: April 6 – 8
Vancouver Web Fest: April 19-21
Miami Web Fest: April 26 – 29
LAWebFest : April 27 - 29

As always, there's a much more comprehensive list of web fest dates and deadlines on the Web Series Mag calendar
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