Let's get the shameless plug out of the way right out of the blocks. Our next submission deadline is looming. If you're planning to submit, save yourself some $$$ and do it now – or at least before 31 May. Go here to get started and please share the link through your own networks.

There's been plenty to crow about for web series makers in the last few weeks. S3 of Justin Harwood's High Road continues a good run at web fests in and out of the Web Series World Cup. Already awarded at Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Washington DC, the show is also selected for Toronto, Germany's Die Seriale and Austin, where it has three award nominations: Best Series, Actor (Mark Mitchinson) and Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson).

Kermath's The Video Storenow available on TVNZOD – recently returned from LA with a couple of gongs from its five nominations.

Earlier this month, the Melbourne Web Fest announced its selections and nominations. Auckward Love S2 and High Road S3 are both selected in the International Comedy line-up. Amy Street is named in the International Non-Fiction selection. Mark Mitchinson has a Best Actor nomination for High Road, while Prisca Bouchet is nominated for Best Editing for her work on Amy Street.

In friends and relations news, 800 Words' Benson Jack Anthony is also nominated in Melbourne, up for the Best Supporting Actor gong for his turn as Benjamin Turner in High Life.

Also chasing awards is Friday Night Bites creator Team Flat 3, currently in the running at the Whohaha awards. Vote here to help them towards victory.

Despite the Commerce Commission putting Stuff.Me to the sword, NZ Herald owner NZME's Watch.Me platform is upping its web series count with a rash of new series arriving over the last month.

Presently the Candle Wasters are in production for Happy Playland and have been teasing out cast announcements.

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NZ On Air has opened applications for its July funding round – the first after the coffers have enjoyed their annual refill, and the first under the agency's new platform-agnostic funding strategy.

Applications need to be in by 1 June for Scripted and Factual projects. All applications must be made through the spiffy new online system, which requires applicants to register first. So get on to it and then you can sleep easy.

MAY: Events
Toronto Web Fest: 25 – 27 May

JUNE: Submission Deadlines
Raindance Web Fest: 2 June, late (final)
Webfest Berlin: 11 June, late (final)
UK Web Fest: 30 June, regular

JUNE: Events
Die Seriale 9 – 11 June in Giessen, Germany
Valencia: 23 June – 1 July
Melbourne Web Fest 29 June - 2 July
Austin Web Fest: 30 June – 2 July
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