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Despite the wintry temperatures here in NZ, things are hotting up as we near our FINAL submission deadline for #NZWF18. Submissions close on 31 August, and then have three weeks to complete and announce our selections. If you haven't already done so, do us a favour and submit your show via FilmFreeway NOW! And, please, tell your friends and colleagues too.

Since we last wrote, there have been a fair few gongs handed out for short content, including here in NZ by 48Hours and the NZIFF.

Congrats to Auckland 48Hours team Chillybox, which took the Grand National Champion Award for PepTok. Team Chillybox also took the gongs for Best Performer (Kate Simmonds) and Best Director (Thomas Sainsbury). Sainsbury is part of the team behind web series The Video Store (pic below), which competes in Korea next week at this year's Seoul Web Fest, along with Lucy Lewis Can't Lose.

At the NZIFF, Chelsie Preston Crayford's Falling Up, Judah Finnigan's Charmer and Ian Leaupepe and Samson Rambo's My Friend Michael Jones were all winners in the NZ's Best short film selection.

Three short films out of Media Design School were named finalists for last month's Comic-Con in San Diego, where James Cunningham's Accidents, Blunders and Calamities was a winner a couple of years ago.

For creators of factual content, submissions are now open for the 2019 Doc Edge Festival. Now that the festival is an Oscar-qualifying festival for both feature and short docos, organisers are likely to see a solid spike in submissions. Doc Edge's first submission deadline is in mid-September (see Opportunities below).
Overseas a couple of festivals have now run their inaugural editions, Stareable Fest in the US and Realist in Russia.

Stareable's list of winners included This is Desmondo Ray!, and our Direct Selection for #NZWF18, American doco Kynnstlah (pic below).

The Realist line-up included four #NZWF17 titles. Desmondo Ray and Hani's Barber Shop were both winners. Darren Has a Breakdown and Shakespeare Republic also played at the festival.

Plenty of other festivals have recently announced their line-ups, including Bilbao, FISMED, Minnesota, New Jersey and the IAWTV.

NZ Web Fest alumni in the mix for those events include both the #NZWF18 selections we've announced so far, Kynnstlah and Skinford, as well as Bruce, Orazio's Clan, Or So The Story Goes, Other People's Children and Shakespeare Republic.
Back at home, it's great to see NZ On Air confirming support for a second season of Baby Mamas Club, as well as a load of factual content for TV and online, including The Second Wave of P for NZME and more Zealandia for

For those among us young enough or even too young to get asked for ID, and for those who know such people, the deadline is nearing for entries to this year's Someday Challenge. The Challenge is open to all New Zealanders under 25.

Entrants are invited to submit a sustainability-related film, of any genre, up to five minutes long. The Someday Challenge is run by The Outlook for Someday, a charitable trust nurturing young film talent. Filmmakers can choose how they interpret the theme of sustainability, perhaps relating it to their culture, dreams, family and whānau, or environment.

Entries are open now until September 14, and the winning films will be announced in November ahead of the Someday Awards ceremony in Auckland in December.

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Following its successful crowdfunding campaign, a second season of We Are These Two is shooting this month, and now on release is The Candle Wasters' much-awaited TragiComic (pic below).

Lastly, here's another prod to remind you that our own FINAL submission deadline is 31 August, so please, please, please, get your show in to us as soon as possible. We'd love to present an even larger selection of NZ titles this year, so it's over to you.
Here's our regular round-up of deadlines and events...

August Deadlines
HollyWeb Festival: August 17, Early Deadline
Tuscany Web Fest: August 20, Final Deadline
International Online Web Fest: August 21, Standard Summer Deadline
Ace Web Fest (UK): August 31, August Deadline
NZ Web Fest: August 31, Final Deadline

August Events
GLOW: August 10 – 11
Seoul Web Fest: August 16-19
IAWTV Awards: August 24

September Deadlines
Rio Web Fest: September 1, Final Deadline
International Online Web Fest: September 10, Ultimate Summer Deadline
Someday Challenge: September 14, Final Deadline
Doc Edge Festival, NZ: September 15, Early Bird Deadline
UK Web Fest: September 16, Late Deadline (Final)

September Events
Web Fest Berlin: September 7-8
Wendie Web Fest: September 14-15
New Jersey Web Fest: September 15-16
Copenhagen Web Fest: September 21-23
Tuscany Web Fest: September 21-23
Raindance Web Fest: September 26 – October 7
Minnesota Web Fest: September 28-30
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