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Screenings, panels, workshops and more at Melbourne WebFest 2018

BY Lauren Colosimo | 07-Jun-2018
Australia’s international web series festival, Melbourne WebFest is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year from 28 June - 1 July. Over four days, the festival will honour innovative creators, screening 85 of the best web series from 16 different countries. In addition to screenings, the 2018 program will include professional development and networking events, industry panels and a live pitching competition.
Australia’s international web series festival, Melbourne WebFest is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year from 28 June - 1 July at the State Library of Victoria, Deakin Edge Federation Square and the Jasper Hotel. Over four days, the festival will honour innovative creators, screening 85 of the best web series from 16 different countries.

The selected series span across 3 categories; Official Selection, Spotlight Selection (series made on a budget of less than $50, 000) and Student Showcase.

In addition to screenings, the 2018 program will include professional development and networking events, industry panels and a live pitching competition.

Melbourne WebFest is continuing its partnership with ABC iview to present our live pitching competition for web series. The ‘Pitch iview’ competition will be a fast-paced and interactive event that will earn the winning pitch creator $5,000 towards script development. The cash prize is intended to cover a trip to Marseille WebFest to attend their annual screenwriting residency.

The Industry Development Day, hosted by La Trobe University, will include an Acting Masterclass with Phil Hayden from Howard Fine Acting Studio, a session on Story World Architecture with John Cabrera, a Writing Masterclass with Warwick Holt (Bruce, The Project) and Lighting on a budget with Tom Savige from Savage Films/Lighthouse rentals.

The festival will kick off on the 28 June with an Opening Night event held at Jasper Hotel, featuring a keynote presentation from Australian web series creator Julie Kalceff (Starting From Now). The evening will allow guests to network with festival VIPs.

Screenings will take place at the State Library of Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette from the 29 June to the 1 of July. Industry panels will be held over the weekend and cover topics such as audience strategies, diversity, writing for the web and blockbuster series.

Festival Director, Steinar Ellingsen is excited by the breadth of this year’s program;

“The 2018 screening program is our biggest and undoubtedly the best yet. The craft and talent across the Official Selection, Australian and International Spotlight and the Student Showcase is second to none. There are more professional development opportunities, with more conference panels, workshops and masterclasses. There are more awards. And, of course, the incredible excitement of Pitch iview is back.”

The Awards Night Gala will be hosted by actor and comedian Dean Haglund (The X-Files).

Melbourne WebFest is supported by the City of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Film Victoria, Screen Australia and ABC iview.

Full program details and tickets available at www.melbournewebfest.com