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Welcome to our May newsletter!

We're up to our necks enjoying all the submissions that arrived ahead of our first deadline. It's already clear that some tough selection decisions lie ahead, and though we've already seen plenty of good stuff, we're not afraid of a challenge.

Our next deadline hits at the end of this month, so please keep your shows coming.

Over the sea
Over the last few weeks more festivals have had their 2019 run and named their winners. Carballo Interplay, DC Web Fest and the Indie Series Awards have all done their dash. Ups to the winners at all those events, including Sui Generis and The Watercooler which both took awards in Washington.

Sui Generis is currently the highest-ranked NZ show on the Web Series World Cup list, which published its first table for 2019 around Easter. Bragging rights for the moment go to Javier Devitt's Argentinian series M, followed by Spanish show Otsoen Lurraldean (In the Land of Wolves) (below) and Canada's L'Ecrivain Public (Public Writer).

There seemed to be some omissions from the year's first set of WSWC rankings, including a few NZ shows, so hopefully those will be addressed before the next rankings are released.

May will be a busy month with Miami Web Fest, the UK's Pilot Light, Italy's Apulia Web Fest, the Côte d’Azur Webfest and Out Web Fest all running.

We look forward to the announcements of two more shows for this year's NZ Web Fest. The shows will be the winners of our Direct Selection Awards from Miami and Apulia.

Ao-terror-oa and Baby Mama's Club will fly the flag in Miami. AFK and Sui Generis will head for sunny Italy to play the first edition of Apulia Web Fest.

Gabriel Page's Life in the Dead Zone (below) heads to Pilot Light, is an award nominee for June's die Seriale in Germany and will play at Stareable Fest in New York in July. There's just no stopping a good zombie show!

Close to Home
Shortly after we sent out our April newsletter, the NZ On Air/RNZ Joint Innovation Fund announced support for a broad bunch of new ideas. Webseries, interactive projects and other short form video content for online that picked up support included
  • Alice Snedden Presents: Outsiders And Insiders from The Spinoff,
  • the interactive Crunch from Vanishing Point Studio
  • Hip Hop Didn’t Stop by The Downlow Concept
  • Tikilounge Productions' The Untold Pacific Story, and
  • a triptych of users' guides to our fair land..:
    • RNZ's own Animated History of NZ,
    • Kevin and Co's The Citizen’s Handbook and
    • Crux's The Developers.
We look forward to seeing all of the shows in due course.

Here in Auckland we also have this year's Doc Edge Festival to look forward to, opening here at the end of this month before heading to Wellington. The full programme is out now. Doc Edge has also announced a fund for docos aimed at kids, so check out the info here.

Staying with festivals, the Wairoa Maori Film Festival will run in its regular Queen's Birthday weekend slot, with the programme soon to be announced here.

Looking For Trade
This year's crop of Loading Docs managed to announce, open and close their crowdfunding campaigns after our last newsletter and before this one. How efficient is that!

It's great to see they all succeeded in bringing home the bacon (or buckwheat if you're a vegan). We look forward to see their films when they release later in the year.

Currently on the hunt for support is AFK, prepping for a campaign to support a third season. Keep informed about it here.

Wrap Your Eyeballs Around
One of the NZ feature docos heading to the Doc Edge Festival this month is Lisa Taouma's Marks of Mana. Lisa's TikiLounge Productions has had a bunch of shows selected, nominated and awarded over the years at NZ Web Fest.

Check them out on The Coconet. From the recent Aquaman parody, Aguaman (above), through to factual series including Daughters of the Migration there's plenty of choice.
One of the most recent additions to the Web Series World Cup is Series Web Awards in Lima. Submissions are open until mid-June, and they're FREE!

Opening for entries on Monday is this year's 48Hours, which has booked14-16 June as the shoot weekend.

Check out our calendar for more upcoming application, entry and submission deadlines, festivals, and NZ industry events.

And don't forget - our own Regular Submissions Deadline arrives at the end of this month. Save yourselves some $$$ against submitting in June, July or August by getting in this month.

That's all for now. You can read all our newsletters here.
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