Web Series for the Web Fest must either be a scripted or documentary series in episodic format that has been made specifically for an online release. Standalone short films do not qualify - please submit to the Raindance Film Festival instead if your film is a short film.
A qualifying web series must have at least three (3) episodes available for festival selectors to view. Episodes can be of any length but if selected the screening slot for Entrants web series is limited to 12 minutes. If your web series has not yet been released please provide links with passwords to email@example.com
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Raindance Web Fest is the UK's first annual film festival devoted to web series. The fest showcases scripted and documentary web series from around the world including world premieres. The festival takes place during the Raindance Film Festival at the Vue Piccadilly Cinema in the heart of London's West End.
Web Series being entered into 2014 must have been completed after January 1, 2013.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The internet has created so many new opportunities for independent filmmakers, and web series have become the new short form content that creatives and studio executives have started looking at in order to find the next generation of filmmakers.
The first London Web Fest took place in September 2013 and 50 international web series were screened including two world premieres (Producing Juliet and Lab Rats). Several panels took place which included industry creatives and experts such as:
Tina Cesa Ward (Creator)
Bengu Atamer and Brett Snelgrove (BuzzMyVideos)
Lilly Ladjevardi (Maker Studios)
Denise Parkinson (Yahoo! Entertainment)
Liam Dryden (YouTuber)
Don Allen (App Media Network)
Myles Dyer and James Markes (ChannelFlip)
Jonathan Robbins (Creator and IWCC Board Member)
Luke Hyams (Creator & Director)
Samuell Benta (Creator)
Chris Kendall (YouTuber)
Rochelle Dancel (Creator)
James Yeates & Zoe Lucy (Jey Management)
Richard Welsh (BigBalls Films)
Darren Chadwick-Hussein (Creator)
Elisar Cabrera (Britishwebseries.com)
New awards will be presented in our 2014 edition - we will award Best UK Web Series, Best International Web Series, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Lead Actor, Best Achievement in Production and Raindance Discovery Award.
In 2013 the award was sponsored by Rotolight and the Web Fest jury was Lisa Campbell (Editor, Broadcast Magazine); Ross Whittow-Williams (Executive Producer, BigBalls Films); Mick Greenwood (Managing Editor, MSN Video UK & International Video Project); and, Chris Sussman (Executive Editor, BBC Comedy). ORGANIZERS
; Darren Chadwick-Hussein (Writer/Producer)
; Elisar Cabrera
; Elisar Cabrera
; Elliot Grove (Filmmaker)
; James Burbidge (Festival Producer)
; Julian Chapelle (Festival Producer)
; Phillip Whiteman (Submissions Team)
; Raffaella Pontarelli
We are looking for scripted and documentary web series. A qualifying web series must have at least 3 episodes released or ready to view by festival selectors by the time of the submission deadline.
Any non-English language web series must have subtitles in English available. If accepted all non-English language web series must have English subtitles on the projection copy.
Note that if you are accepted the screening slot for each Web Series is 12 minutes. Filmmakers are allowed to either submit episodes with a total running time of no more than 12 minutes or edit an amalgamated episode from their series of up to 12 minutes.
Web Series are projected in the cinema on DCP. Selected entries are required to provide a high resolution copy of the screening episode(s) either uncompressed or H.264 1080p. A backup Bluray should also be provided. Selected entrants are encouraged to check their screening files before sending.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
GENERAL RULES REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES The 2nd Raindance Web Fest will take place in London from 27-28 September 2014. 1. Submission Deadlines Submissions will be accepted from November 25th 2013. The the regular deadline is 15 June 2014, the late deadline is 6 July 2014, the WAB Extended Deadline is 13 July 2014. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance. 2. Submission Format Films 3 episodes must be submitted online. 3. Submission Eligibility - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2013. Works-in-progress are accepted provided the final version is available by the start of the Festival. 4. Premiere Status - None. However if you are submitting a World Premiere please notify the organisers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 5. Submission Fee All Withoutabox submissions for Raindance are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable. 6. Shipping Your Projection Copy hard drive or disk: Festival Traffic, Raindance Web Fest, 10 Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE United Kingdom. All shipping and postage costs for the package and for all prints, tapes and additional materials sent to and returned from Raindance must be borne by the submitting party. Raindance will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Raindance will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Raindance will not accept packages if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party. Submission packages from outside the UK must be labelled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10. 7. Selection of Web Series: Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: Quality of narrative and production values. Independent nature of the production. Raindance endeavours to complete all selection procedures on 31 August 2014 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP/DVD/BluRay to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival. Projection copies must be received at Raindance no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date. A back-up BluRay will be asked as well. The 22nd Raindance Film Festival will take place between September 24th - October 5th 2014. 8. Festival Screenings and Scheduling Raindance has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). BluRay and DVD will be used as back-up. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support 35mm, Super 16mm or double-head formats. Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Raindance aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Raindance assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape. Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Raindance. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Raindance reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Raindance will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No web series may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection. 9. Festival Jury Prize: Jury prizes for Best Web Series is presented at the Festival. If shortlisted for a Jury Prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Raindance.