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The year is flying by!

More editions of our fellow festivals and another of our own submission deadlines passed in July - and we're thrilled to share that we've had a record number of submissions so far, with a month still to go.

We're now staring at the final deadline for submissions to #NZWF19 on 31 August. So, if you want your show in the mix, get on with it!

During this month, we'll announce some early selections. Keep an eye on our social media channels to see which shows are confirmed. In fact, just keep up to date with our social media channels anyway, because sharing is caring, or so facebook would have you believe.

All Over the Place
Three Web Series World Cup fests did their dashes in July: Toronto, Melbourne and Stareable.

Congratulations to all their winners, including #NZWF18 winner Alibi, which picked up three awards in Toronto. We're happy to have selection swap agreements with all three of those festivals, and even happier to share that the growing list of titles confirmed for #NZWF19 now includes doco series Farm Crime from Toronto, Last Breath from Melbourne, and Bless This Mess (pictured, top) from Stareable.

Right now, Realist is hours away from opening its second edition in Russia so, in a few more days, we'll know which Russian show has won Direct Selection to #NZWF19.

In other Web Series World Cup news, the organisation's website is now developing its database of shows on - thanks in no small part to George Reese, the director of another of our partner fests this year, Minnesota.

If a show has ever been selected for a WSWC festival, it should already be listed on the WSWC database. Check out this facebook post for deets of how to register, claim your show and add info to the listing.


A couple of things have recently landed on our desktop that we'd like to share with those of you who are content creators.

For those who enjoy telling stories from particular perspectives, Screenlife is a tool for telling stories from the perspective of a computer desktop, tablet or mobile. It's being developed by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Sundance awardee Searching).

For those of you who create comedy content, Twisted Mirror TV is a new app dedicated to short-form comedy content. The company is currently looking for content to licence into territories including the UK and Ireland, Australia and NZ. Check out the platform beta.

Here at Home
Circling back around to the Web Series World Cup, a bunch of NZ shows have collected more points following the announcements of selections for Copenhagen Web Fest (Jessica's Tree) and New Jersey Web Fest (Life in the Dead Zone, The Watercooler) and award nominees for Seoul Web Fest, where AFK, The Adventures of Suzy Boon, Jessica's Tree, Life in the Dead Zone and Touch Wood have racked up 13 nominations between them.

Our own selections are becoming clearer as we launch into sifting through the batch of titles submitted ahead of our Late deadline.

We'll be unveiling a few titles we've selected as we close in on our final deadline on 31 August, so keep an eye on our social media channels for early announcements.

We're now beginning to put together our juries for #NZWF19. If you're a team member of another web fest or a content creator interested in joining one of our juries, please get in touch at [email protected]. Let us know if you're part of a production that's doing the festival rounds this year, so we can avoid conflicts of interest.

Judging takes place in October. We ask people to judge two or three categories, which only takes a few hours - and you get to do it from the comfort of your own sofa. We invite our previous winners to be jurors so, if you're a winner from a previous edition of NZ Web Fest, we'll reach out to you directly. There's no escape!


NZ On Air has announced support for a bunch of new factual shows which will head online, including He’ll Be Right, Hurting, Munted and Nine Bullets (for Stuff); Misconceptions (for NZ Herald); and Te Mana O Te Wai – The Power Of Water and The Māori Economy (for Newsroom NZ).

There'll also be more of doco series Frame and Toby Morris' non-fiction comic The Side Eye (above) for The Spinoff.

If you enjoy animated fare, the upcoming series Honk is currently seeking support until Thursday 15 August.

Wrap Your Eyeballs Around
If you're in Auckland, Dunedin or Wellington, you've still got time to enjoy what's left of this year's NZ International Film Festival.

The third season of Aroha Bridge is now out and about.

Several of this year's films are now on show in the 48Hours Screening Room. Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Final on 17 August at the Civic in Auckland.
Check out our calendar for upcoming application and submission deadlines, festivals, and NZ industry events.

And don't miss our final submission deadline for 2019 here.

If you're an indigenous creator, Māoriland's Early Bird deadline is 30 August. Early Bird submissions are free.

If you'd like to list a submission deadline, festival date(s), or NZ funding application deadline or screen industry event, just send the info to [email protected] and we'll add it to the calendar. Listings are free.

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