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We're back! Let us start by wishing you a happy slightly used 2019, and by telling you that we've just thrown open the doors for submissions to our fifth edition.

Since November, we've been pottering away behind the scenes to add more value for shows and their creators submitting to #NZWF19. It's a pleasure to be able to kick off 2019 by telling you that this year we'll be giving Kiwi shows over 15 guaranteed selection spots to our partner festivals.

We'll again be sending shows to our 2018 partners the Asia Web Awards, Melbourne Webfest, Seoul Web Fest and Stareable Fest. We'll also be sending shows to 12 new partners, six European plus six American festivals. Check 'em all out here.

Although this rash of new opportunities will surely cause you to want to drop everything and rush off to FilmFreeway without even pausing for breath, don't do it just yet.

Why not?

Because, for NZ shows only, we're offering a special Waitangi Day discount. Kiwis will be able to submit shows to us on Waitangi Day and save $$$.

We'll also be sharing the love with absolutely everybody everywhere all day long on Valentine's Day. Submission fees will be 33% off, because who needs a third on Valentine's Day?
If you don't already like or follow our social media channels, now's a really good time to start because we'll be sharing the discount codes for our Waitangi Day and Valentine's Day offers only via our facebook, twitter and instagram channels. The links are right here for your convenience.
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Enough about us, for now at least!

Later this month, one of our shiny new festival partners Bogota Web Fest will kick off the 2019 edition of the Web Series World Cup.

Congrats to #NZWF18 selections Dele Viaje, I'm Ander and Nemausus on being selected for Bogota.

Much of the WSWC early running will be made in the Americas with two more South American festivals coming in March: Rolda and Buenos Aires - the latter of which which has #NZWF18 titles The Adventures of Suzy Boon, Ao-terror-oa and Dele Viaje in its line-up.

One of several Aussie finalists at #NZWF18, Homecoming Queens, will be among the web shows screening at the Berlinale market later this month.

December seems a while ago now but, just before the turkeys gobbled their last, Lucy Lewis Can't Lose lived up to its name and came away from the Asia Web Awards in Korea with the gong for Best Dramedy. Last month Lucy Lewis' Thomasin McKenzie (above) also won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the National Board of Review Awards in the US, for her performance in feature Leave No Trace.

In its final funding round of last year, our key sponsor NZ On Air awarded Loading Docs support for 2019, so we look forward to seeing the upcoming season.

The New Year's Honours list required a bunch of screen industry Kiwis to reprint their business cards, and minted two new Dames: NZFC Chair Kerry Prendergast and director and producer Gaylene Preston.

Among the others honoured were Ian Hassall, chair of kidsonscreen; Gina Dellabarca, co-founder and festival director of Show Me Shorts (which also opened for submissions today); and actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand (below).

Jennifer is president of Equity and has featured in web series including NZ Web Fest awardees High Road and The Adventures of Suzy Boon. She's been a NZ Web Fest judge for several editions, and was also named SPADA Industry Champion last November.
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Now that Kiwis are back at work after the summer break, there's plenty of local web series activity to check out.

The Pacific doco festival FIFO opens tomorrow and is dotting the i's and crossing the t's in Tahiti (SWIDT). Among its 2019 shorts selections are Lanita Ririnui's #NZWF17 winner Poi Hopes and Dreams and The Coconet's NZWF18 finalist Weaving Rainbows.

The team behind #NZWF16 winner AFK is campaigning on to build a community to support a third season of the show. Click the link above to get on board, and enjoy the first two seasons (plus a bunch of extra treats) here.

Another of our previous winners, White Man Behind A Desk aka Robbie Nicol, is also fund-raising for a new project, on Boosted.

Almost here is a pair of new shows and a feature. Same but Different is coming soon from Pot Luck's Nikki Si'ulepa, based on her relationship with producer Rachel Wills. The trailer is here.

Best Pilot nominee at #NZWF18, Touch Wood, has its trailer here ahead of the season launch on 7 February. Our NZWF17 Best Actress winner and NZWF18 awards co-host Holly Shervey (below) releases a new show later this month. Check out the trailer and other teasy treats at @millennialjenny on Instagram.

Already on a platform near you are a couple of shows well worth your eyeballs...

Over the last couple of months The Coconet has also been rolling out Parris Project on YouTube, tracking Parris Goebbel and the Royal Family on their world tour. Sticking closer to home, Maori TV's beautiful and engaging portrait series The Barber is now online - and viewable in and outside NZ.

As always, we love to share and celebrate web series and other online content.

If you've got news, a series launching, if you've gained a selection, nomination or award, or there's anything else (relevant!) you want to skite about, we'd love to help you spread the word.

Email us at [email protected] or tag @nzwebfest in your social media posts.
There's a truckload of festivals now accepting submissions for their 2019 editions, so here's a round-up of upcoming deadlines and events.

If you're all spent up after the holiday season, do check out Valencia's Cinema Jove. There are NO FEES for web series submissions, and you can't get cheaper than free.

Côte d’Azur WebFest, USA: February 1, 2019 - Regular
WebSeriesFestivalGlobal, USA: February 5, 2019 - Regular
Carballo Interplay, Spain: February 18, 2019 - Final
Pilot Light TV Festival, UK: February 28, 2019 - Late
Melbourne WebFest, Australia: February 28, 2019 - Regular
Minnesota Web Fest: February 18 - Earlybird
Wairoa Māori Film Festival: February 28, 2019 - Regular

Event Dates
Bogota WebFest, Colombia: February 20 – 22, 2019

Just for Kiwis
Te Mangai Paho: February 15, 2019 - application deadline, new media
He Kauahi: February 15 – application deadline for the NZFC's new fund for premium shorts

Apulia Web Fest, Italy: March 1, 2019 - Late
Côte d’Azur WebFest, USA: March 1, 2019 - Late
Out Web Fest, USA: March 1, 2019 - Final
Seoul Webfest, Korea March 1, 2019 - Regular
New Jersey Web Fest, USA: March 16, 2019 - Regular
Copenhagen Web Fest, Denmark: March 17, 2019 - Late
Côte d’Azur WebFest, USA March 22, 2019 - Final
NZIFF, NZ: March 29, 2019 (International submissions)
Bilbao Seriesland, Spain: March 31, 2019 - Earlybird
Melbourne WebFest, Australia: March 31, 2019 - Late
NZ Web Fest: March 31, 2019 - Earlybird
Ozark Mountain Webfest, USA: March 31, 2019 - Earlybird

Event Dates
Buenos Aires Web Fest, Argentina: March 19 – 21, 2019
Maoriland Film Festival: March 20 – 24, 2019
Arohanui Film Festival: March 22 – 24, 2019
Rolda Web Fest, Colombia: March 22 – 24, 2019
Hollyweb Festival, USA: March 26 – 30, 2019

Just for Kiwis
NZ On Air: 21 March, application deadline, various forms
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