Tuesday 30th June 2015,

Web Series Festivals

First Published October 2010.
Updated May 2015. 

I found myself looking for a comprehensive list of festivals and conferences that discuss and screen — or are open to screening or discussing — web video and web series. Indie Intertube has a great list here with some of the links below (plus a whole lot of other useful stuff). I’ll be traveling around next year and the year after, so I wanted to create a guide for myself; why not share?

Below, the list. Please email me if there’s any I missed or if you notice any inaccuracies below, and I’ll update as needed. I know some creators have screened at some interesting, off-the-beaten-path places, so let me know!

WHAT: ATX Television Festival
WHEN: June
WHERE: Austin
SITE: http://www.atxfestival.com
ABOUT: Panels and screenings are mostly of on-air television, but have included web series and transmedia projects like Husbands, Channel 101and post-Kickstarter Veronica Mars.

WHAT: Austin Film Festival
WHEN: June
Austin, TX
SITE: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/digital-series
ABOUT: Premier film festival for recognizing script-stage productions accepts scripts for digital series.

WHAT: Austin Webfest
WHEN: June
DEADLINES: October-March
Austin, TX
SITE: http://www.austinwebfestival.com
ABOUT: Texas’ first web series festival dedicated to screening short-format web series.

WHAT: Celebrate the Web
WHEN: April, July
WHERE: Los Angeles
SITE: http://www.celebratetheweb.com
ABOUT:Kim Evey and Jenni Powell’s festival, organized earlier this year, brings together the web series community.

WHAT: Cinema Tous Ecrans (All Screens Film Festival)
WHEN: November
WHEREGeneva, Switzerland
SITE: http://www.cinema-tous-ecrans.com
ABOUT: Independent film and TV festival in Switzerland with awards in new media/web series.

WHAT: Consumer Electronics Association
WHEN: January
: Las Vegas
SITE: http://www.cesweb.org
ABOUT: Techy conference mostly known for gadgets and bringing in Silicon heavyweights. In 2012, the conference hosted the first IAWTV Awards. The conference has been working with content, last year adding the program, “‘Creativity, Content and Cash,’ the all-new conference program that successfully launched at the 2010 CES, offered up practical ideas and serious strategies to consider when it comes to producing, promoting and profiting from media content.”

WHAT: Digital Hollywood
WHEN: November (NY), May (LA)
WHERE: New York and Los Angeles
SITE: http://www.digitalhollywood.com
ABOUT: Industry conference encompassing television, film and other media industries with panels often involving web video.

WHAT: FirstGlance Film Festival
WHEN: April (LA), October (Philadelphia)
DEADLINES: Summer (LA); March-June (Philadelphia)
WHERE: Los Angeles, Philadelphia
SITE: http://www.firstglancefilms.com
ABOUT: Bi-coastal film festival screening and awarding projects of various lengths and formats, including web series pilots (sponsored by Koldcast in 2011).

WHAT: HollyWeb Web Series Festival
WHEN: March/April.
DEADLINES: October-February
Los Angeles
SITE: http://www.hollywebfestival.com
ABOUT: Festival dedicated to screening independent web series.

WHAT: Internet Week
WHEN: June
WHERE: New York
SITE: http://www.internetweekny.com
ABOUT: Big conference/festival focusing on New York’s web industry in all its forms. There are speeches, parties, workshops and how-to sessions which may be of interest to web series/video creators.

WHAT: ITVFest (International Television Festival)
WHEN: July/August
WHERE: Los Angeles
SITE: http://itvfest.org
ABOUT: Similar to NYTVF, focus is on independent web series and connecting creators to television and the industry.

WHAT: LA WebFest
WHEN (or last date): April
DEADLINES (submission): December-February.
WHERE(or last held): Los Angeles
SITE: http://www.lawebfest.com
ABOUT: Screenings of web series on the big screen, plus panels and workshops.

WHAT: Long Beach Indie Film Festival
WHEN: September
DEADLINES: January-May
Long Beach, CA
SITE: http://www.longbeachindie.com
ABOUT: Festival celebrating diversity through film, television and digital media.

WHAT: Marseille Web Fest
WHEN: October
WHEREMarseilles, France
SITE: http://www.marseillewebfest.com
ABOUT: Web series festival in Marseilles screening a small selection of web series from around the world; has partnered with LA Webfest.

WHAT: Melbourne Web Fest
WHEN: July
DEADLINES: February-April
Melbourne, Australia
SITE: http://melbournewebfest.com
ABOUT: Showcases innovative web series creators from around the world, with awards across genres.

WHAT: Miami Web Series Festival
WHEN: October.
DEADLINES: January-June
SITE: http://miamiwebfest.com
ABOUT: Festival dedicated to screening independent web series.

WHAT: New Media Film Festival
WHEN: November and May/June.
DEADLINES: October (San Francisco); November-March (LA, competitions vary)
San Francisco(November) and Los Angeles (May/June)
SITE: http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

WHAT: NYTVF (New York Television Festival)
WHEN: September
DEADLINES: Pilots: February-June; Scripts: June. Bing: December. Competitions vary each year, check website.
WHERE: New York
SITE: http://www.nytvf.com
ABOUT: Web series heavy festival for professional, often independent, material. Brings in people from the industry, sometimes leading to deals for content creators.

WHAT: Out of the Box
WHEN: June
WHERE: New York
SITE: http://otbfest.com
ABOUT: Web series festival screening gay and lesbian shows.

WHAT: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival (QBC Fest)
: October
: July
: New York
: http://www.queerblackcinema.org
Focuses on independent films by and about queer, LGBT people of color and has screened web series in the past.

WHAT: Raindance London Web Fest
July 15th
London, UK
Independent web series screenings, awards, industry panels and networking events.  Runs alongside the Raindance Film Festival, one of Europe’s biggest film festivals for independent filmmakers.

WHAT: San Francisco Web Series Festival
WHEN: June
DEADLINES: December-March
San Fransisco, CA
SITE: http://sfwebfest.com
ABOUT: Partners include Raindance Web Fest (where they cross-screen) and sponsors Dolby, IAWTV, and Indigogo.

WHAT: Seattle Web Fest
WHEN: March
Seattle, WA
SITE: http://seattlewebfest.com
ABOUT: Seattle’s first web series festival dedicated to screening independent television.

WHAT: Series Fest
WHEN: June
Denver, CO
SITE: http://seriesfest.com
ABOUT: Festival committed to “showcasing the best new pilots from established and emerging content creators.”

WHEN: March
June/July (Panels)
WHERE: Austin
SITE: http://sxsw.com/interactive
ABOUT: Megafestival featuring music, film and panels on media. While I’m not aware of any web series showing in the film portion, a number of marketers, content creators and thought leaders present in panel sessions.

WHAT: Toronto WebFest
DEADLINES: January-March
Toronto, Canada
SITE: http://www.towebfest.com
ABOUT: Showcasing the best of Canadian web series.

WHAT: Vancouver Web Fest
WHEREVancouver, Canada
SITE: http://www.vancouverwebfest.com
ABOUT: Web series festival in Vancouver screening a small selection of web series from around the world.

WHAT: Vidcon
WHEN: July
WHERE : Los Angeles
SITE: http://www.vidcon.com
ABOUT: Conference with lots of YouTube heavyweights and web video companies talking about the medium.

WHAT: Vidfest UK
DEADLINES: Invitation
SITE: http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/attractions/vidfest-uk/
ABOUT: Part of MCM London Comic Con, Vidfest features curated panels with web series creators and YouTubers.



WHAT: LATVFest/NAPTE NextTV Competition
WHEN: July
DEADLINES: NextTV: March-June.
WHERE: Los Angeles
SITE: http://latvfest.net/latvfestival
ABOUT: Panels, screening and awards with “creative TV and digital content producers with development executives, agents, advertising and brand executives, software solutions and technology and equipment providers.” Part independent, part corporation entrees, sponsored by NATPE.