We kick off this month's newsletter with a short PSA. We're excited to announce that we've confirmed dates and venue for this year's event. #NZWF17 will run 18 - 19 November at Media Design School in Auckland. Tickets aren't on sale until September, but please save the date.

There'll be plenty of action for NZ shows at upcoming international festivals. Auckward Love (pictured, above) heads for web fests in Mebourne in late June, Sicily in late July and Seoul (fka Kweb) in mid-August.

High Road also plays at those festivals, has a trip to Austin at the end of this month to boot, and recently played in Germany at Die Seriale where it had award nominations for Best Series, Actor (Mark Mitchinson) and Supporting Actress (Emma Thompson).

In the latest Web Series World Cup rankings (13 June) High Road sits at #7.

Amy Street (pictured, below) heads for the Melbourne Web Fest at the end of the month, for which expat screenwriter and academic Stayci Taylor is one of the judges. The Watercooler has been selected for Baja. Poi - Hopes & Dreams, from #NZWF16 presenter Lanita Ririnui-Ryan, has been selected for the Canadian Diversity Film Festival.

The TVNZ-NZ On Air pilot competition New Blood has announced its 10 finalists, chosen from a whopping 183 entries, all vying for $100K in production cash. Watch and vote for your favourite now.

Another NZOA–TVNZ initiative, as yet unnamed, not specifically for web series but a home for online content for kids, is on its way. If you create content for kids, NZOA is holding workshops ahead of the 10 August submission deadline for the September funding round.

YouTuber Shaaanxo will be a featured Creator at VidCon in LA next week, while #NZWF15 host and #NZWF16 finalist Caito Potatoe will be a featured Creator at VidCon Australia in Melbourne in September. YouTubers Annalee and Jimi Jackson (pictured, above) have become the latest NZ YouTubers to collect silver buttons for attracting 100,000 subscribers.

Sticking with YouTube, their Skip Ahead partnership with NZ On Air held a launch event in Auckland last night (Thursday), with all four teams sharing clips, trailers, witty comments and release dates. How To Dad Jordan Watson's Legend of the Gumboot on YouTube is the first out of the blocks. The team behind #NZWF16 winners AFK put out a festive season teaser for their Skip Ahead project Ao-terror-oa (pictured, below).

The great news for everybody who didn't make the cut for Skip Ahead was that there will be a Skip Ahead 2.0 opening soon. NZ On Air has just published all the important deets. Applications open 4 July, which is a very easy date to remember if you're American.

Coming full circle, that's a date almost as important as 18 - 19 November.

The next submission deadline for this year's NZ Web Fest is still a little way away, on 31 July, but why not tick it off your to-do list now. The Pilot category in particular hasn't received many entries yet, and we know from New Blood announcement there are at least 183 of them floating around out there – and that's just in NZ.

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

JUNE: Events
Valencia: 23 June – 1 July
Melbourne Web Fest 29 June - 2 July
Austin Web Fest: 30 June – 2 July

JULY: Submission Deadlines
NZ Web Fest: 31 July, late

JULY: Events
Sicily Web Fest: 21 – 23 July

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