WSWC: August 2019

WSWC: August 2019


The Web Series World Cup has released the rankings for August. This update follows the announcements of selections from Web Fest Berlin; nominees for New Jersey; and award winners at Realist, Seoul, Sicily and Stareable.

That’s a lot of points added!


Bragging Rights

In this update, none of the top five shows have changed position, and no new shows have entered the top 10. German show Anomalie (top image) makes the most progress, climbing from #10 to #7.

The top 10 now looks like this:

  1. Dreaming Whilst Black, UK, 246 points
  2. M, Argentina, 214
  3. Otsoen Lurraldean, Spain, 207
  4. Vieux Jeu, Canada, 149
  5. The League of S.T.E.A.M., USA, 136

As always, some titles made their festival bows in 2018, so won’t be eligible for selection by all 2019 festivals.

  1. Public Writer, Canada, 125
  2. Anomalie, Germany, 116
  3. Abracadavers, Canada, 114
  4. Flight 69, France, 112
  5. A-Live, Italy, 92

The Canadians continue to punch well above their weight. In this update they now hold seven of the top 20 spots, up one from the July rankings. As the upcoming WebFest Berlin has a focus on Canada this year, those shows have a good chance of collecting some awards in Germany in a couple of weeks.

Vieux Jeu, the highest-ranked Canadian show



Life in the Dead Zone (#42) has overtaken Sui Generis (#45) as NZ’s highest-ranked show. Although Sui Generis has added several web fest selections and nominations recently, they’ve not all been for Web Series World Cup festivals, so some are not helping the show’s WSWC ranking.

The Watercooler (#47) rounds out the NZ top three.

We do keep an eye on how the submissions we receive align with or differ from those for other festivals. Compared with today’s table, 18 of the current top 20 shows submitted to NZ Web Fest this year or last. Of the remaining two, one remains eligible for consideration as a Direct Selection from a partner festival.

Best of the Rest

The first pilot ever to achieve a top 10 ranking, Vol 69 / Flight 69 (112 points) remains the highest-flier (pun intended) on the table. Given the number of festivals still to announce selections, nominees or winners, it seems very unlikely that another pilot will challenge Flight 69.

The next best-placed pilot is Canada’s Chateau Laurier, at #38 with 63 points.

Germany’s Bastards remains in pole position in the race for the WSWC webdoc award. Bastards (61 points) sits ahead of a second German webdoc, Video Hunters (54), and American show Click on This (53).

Web Fest Berlin has selected both Bastards and Video Hunters, so they’ll have the chance to cement their positions on home turf in mid-September.

Bastards, the WSWC’s leading webdoc this year


Next stops

During September, Rio Web Fest and ourselves will announce selections. Both festivals have now closed submissions.

September is another busy month for festivals running, with WebFest Berlin, Denmark’s Copenhagen Web Fest, and two US festivals, New Jersey and Minnesota, all having their days in the sun.

NZ Web Fest has selection swap agreements with New Jersey and Minnesota (as well as with the inaugural edition of Sydney Web Fest, which also runs this month).




Rules of the Game

For those who don’t know, the Web Series World Cup works a little like the IRB Sevens tournament.

The cup runs each calendar year. Shows pick up points at participating festivals for each selection, award nomination, and award win. The running total is updated every few weeks. Organisers announce the winner either following the final festival of the year, or earlier if a show takes an unassailable lead.

This year, organisers will name three winners: for web series, webdoc, and pilot.


Published on 1 September 2019