Welcome to our March newsletter.

It's time to catch up on what's been happening and what's coming up. This month's newsletter comes to you from Hong Kong, where #NZWF festival director Keith Barclay is (wearing his day job hat as editor of SCREENZ) avoiding sunny Auckland by attending Asia's biggest market for film and TV content, FILMART, where there's plenty of talk about the opportunities and challenges facing creators of online content.

While online content doesn't get bought and sold much (or for very much money) compared with the deals done for films and TV programmes, it's certainly a growing part of the global content distribution business.

We'll get the shameless #NZWF plug out of the way early, and remind you that our first submission deadline for 2017 hits on 31 March – which is less than three weeks away. Get over to FilmFreeway to get your submissions in if you can, because the fee goes up after 31 March. Don't be an April fool!
We're proud (and very grateful) to be able to share that NZ On Air has again come to the NZ Web Fest party, jumping on board as a sponsor of the event for the second year.

The Web Series World Cup gets under way later this month, so we'll be keeping a keen eye on who's making the early running.

If you haven't seen it yet, check out new web series POI Hopes and Dreams, from producer Lanita Ririnui-Ryan who was a presenter at #NZWF16. Keith was lucky enough to be invited to the launch, which was held in Auckland last week and a great evening it was. Lanita's production company Through The Fire has another web series on the way later this year.

Check out POI Hopes and Dreams (pictured, below) on the POI360 site or via Maori Television's On Demand service.

The team behind Auckward Love, nominees at the #NZWF16 awards, is now gearing up for season three. We're looking forward to it. And, as it seems all about the women this month, Flat 3's Friday Night Bites keeps on keeping on.

Elsewhere online, Loading Docs has announced its crop of 2017 short docos, which will head into production shortly - and are currently raising funds on Boosted if you're feeling generous. Also announced are the titles which will be made under the inaugural edition of The Outlook for Someday's Someday Stories initiative.

#NZWF16 presenter Kate Manihera has recently shared some tips with the Daily Mail. Fellow make-up vlogger Shaaanxo (pictured, below) pops up in the 2017 Super Rugby campaign, Super Boom Boom, and is one of the early Featured Creators announced for VidCon Australia, along with #NZWF15 presenter and award winner Jamie Curry.

Shaaanxo and Curry also featured, alongside #NZWF16 award nominee Jimi Jackson, in M+AD's recent article on social talent.
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If you're looking for cash to make your web series, the submission deadline for the TVNZ/NZ On Air-funded New Blood scheme is 31 March.

Free Labour
We're on the lookout for a couple of volunteers for this year's web fest who can give an hour or two a week from mid-April (for mostly online tasks) that will help keep things moving along behind the scenes and make #NZWF17 bigger and better. If you're willing and able, please email [email protected]. We'd love to hear from you.

Dates for your diary...
Submission Deadlines:
Miami Web Fest, USA: 15 March, regular
Wendie, Germany: 15 March, late
Austin Web Fest, USA: 31 March, late
Melbourne Web Fest: 31 March, late
Wendie, Germany: 30 March, Extended Deadline (final)
NZ Web Fest: 31 March, earlybird

Vancouver Web Fest 17 – 19 March
Buenos Aires Web Fest 21 - 23 March

Submission Deadlines:
Miami Web Fest: 15 April, extended
New Media FF: 25 April, final
UK Web Fest: 30 April, earlybird

DC Web Fest 1 April

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