Monday 28th July 2014,
Televisual

Web Series Festivals

First Published October 2010.
Updated June 2014. 

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: LA WebFest
WHEN (or last date): March
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: 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: ITVFest (International Television Festival)
WHEN: July/August
DEADLINES: April/May
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: New Media Film Festival
WHEN: November and May/June.
DEADLINES: October (San Francisco); November-March (LA, competitions vary)
WHERE:
San Francisco(November) and Los Angeles (May/June)
SITE: http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

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

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

WHAT: Raindance London Web Fest
WHEN: September
DEADLINES: July 15th
WHERE: 
London, UK
SITE: http://www.raindance.org/festival-2013/raindance-london-web-fest/
ABOUT: 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: Melbourne Web Fest
WHEN: July
DEADLINES: February-April
WHERE:
Melbourne, Australia
SITE: http://melbournewebfest.com
ABOUT: Showcases innovative web series creators from around the world, with awards across genres.

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

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: 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: 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: SXSW
WHEN: March
DEADLINES:
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: Consumer Electronics Association
WHEN: January
WHERE
: 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: Marseille Web Fest
WHEN: October
DEADLINES: N/A
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: Vancouver Web Fest
WHEN: May
DEADLINES: Oct-Dec
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: Cinema Tous Ecrans (All Screens Film Festival)
WHEN: November
DEADLINES: N/A
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: Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival (QBC Fest)
WHEN
: October
DEADLINES
: July
WHERE
: New York
SITE
: http://www.queerblackcinema.org
ABOUT:
Focuses on independent films by and about queer, LGBT people of color and has screened web series in the past.

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.