Hi reader

The big news is that #NZWF18 is almost upon us.

We're screening our selections all day on Saturday 17 November at Media Design School in Auckland, and unveiling our winners in the evening. Our screening programme is FREE this year, so just rock up and view as few or many sessions as you like for the same great price of $0.

The full screening programme is here, and tickets for the awards ceremony are available here. If you're an award nominee in NZ (check here), then we've got some comps to the award ceremony for you. You should already have received a separate email about that. If you haven't, please email [email protected] and we'll see you right.

Obviously, we'd love to see as many of you as possible on 17 November.

We apologise profusely for the short notice getting this info out to you, which was caused (if you care) by a double-booking at the venue. The discovery of the mix-up was followed by a lot of panicky running around and happily, eventually, a solution being found that works for everyone.

Come along!
While our focus is currently on getting everything ready for #NZWF18, we've raised our heads above the parapet to have a quick gander at what else is going on.

Close to home, we're happy to see that Loading Docs (one of our local factual selections this year) has been confirmed for another year thanks to support from NZ On Air, the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.

Also returning are the New Zealand Television Awards, whose finalists are now known.

Competing for the NZTVA's NZ On Air Best Web Series are a couple of our own finalists, Baby Mama’s Club and season 2 of Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose, with Friday Night Bites (a winner at #NZWF17) and Alice Snedden’s Bad News completing the line-up. Two of those teams have already gone head to head, so it'll be interesting to see if one them walks away with bragging rights this time around.

The NZTV Awards form the bread in the sandwich (to the meat of the #NZWF18 Awards, of course!) and run in two slices on 8 and 22 November.

Congratulations to Hunter Crouchley, named among the winners at the recent Cinematographers Awards for his work on #NZWF18 finalist Glimpse: Danielle (pic below).

Congrats also to Justin Harwood, a winner at #NZWF15 and #NZWF17 for High Road, and now awarded support from the NZ Writers Guild in the scheme's most recent SEED round.
Further afield, we were very happy to see that the winners at the recent Marseille and UK Web Fests included #NZWF18 titles Abandoned, Bidune Kaid, Les Engagés (Woke), 
Nemausus, The Pantsless Detective and Wrong Kind of Black.

Nemausus, The Pantsless Detective, and Wellington's own Pot Luck also picked up award nominations at London Short Series.

While we're busy with #NZWF18, NZ shows Ao-terror-oa, Pot Luck (pic below) and Sui Generis NZ will be competing at the final Web Series World Cup event for 2018, Rio Web Fest.
Get your #NZWF18 Awards tix here.

In addition to other festivals' deadlines and events below, please note that Spain's Carballo Interplay ("Film and Internet on the Death Coast") is now accepting submissions for its 2019 edition - and they're free!

November Deadlines
HollyWeb Fest: November 16, Regular Deadline
Buenos Aires Web Fest: November 20, Regular Deadline (submissions are FREE)

November Events
Rio Web Fest: November 15-18

December Deadlines
Pilot Light, UK: December 14, Regular Deadline
Black Web Fest: December 15, Regular Deadline
Die Seriale, Germany: December 15, Regular Deadline
Doc Edge Festival: December 31, Regular Deadline
Out Web Fest: December 31, Regular Submissions

December Events
International Online Web Fest: December 7 – 8
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