While there are many festivals that spotlight & celebrate films, I have seen a big increase in ones focusing on web series and one of them is UK Web Fest! Inaugurated in 2015, the second annual UK Web Fest(aka UK Web Fest 2016) took place on October 29th with screenings and an industry panel talk, as well as an awards ceremony & networking event after. The UK Web Fest 2016 had 124 submissions and 57 were officially selected. The festival had web series from all around the world such as Poland, Peru, Norway, Mexico, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Argentina, US, and UK.
“This year we saw double the submissions from last year and we were stunned by the high production value works we received,” says founder Monica Y. Dee. “It makes us want to continue to put on this event so that we can shine light on these works. The film makers should be proud and excited because we certainly are.” Among the official selections for UK Web Fest 2016 are fantastic web series like Pot Luck, Lemmings, and 20 Seconds to Live. For those who don’t know, Pot Luck “serves up contemporary lesbian life in three great flavors, Debs, Mel and Beth, as they negotiate friendship, family, and finding love at their weekly Pot Luck dinners” while Lemmings is a “dark comedy about two men who try and usher in a new age of natural selection by eliminating all the distracted walkers in New York City.” 20 Seconds to Live is a scripted, anthology web series where “no matter how the story begins, in exactly twenty seconds, someone’s gonna die.” Check out the rest of the official selections by clicking HERE.
The winners of this year’s Web Fest 2016 were an eclectic bunch! For Best Docu, Talent Freaks took the win while Best Production went to Brutal and Best Animation was given to Broken Tiara’s. Arthur won for Best International and Best UK Web Series went to Rich Keeble, Vanity Project while Pablo Pinasco won for Best Director. Last but not least, Best Sci-Fi went to Mission Backup Earth, Most Promising Web Series went to Io, The Wizards of Aus won The One To Watch Award, and The Industry Panel Award for £500 cash went to Element 186. Check out all the other amazing nominees in the respective categories by clicking HERE.
“We want to thank you all of you for supporting us,” says Dee. “we want to thank this year’s panel speakers Jett Garrison(Six Two Creatives) and Darren Chadwick Hussein of(DCH Management) for their invaluable insight in to the digital creative subjects which were addressed. We wish you all a great Christmas and New Years and look forward to our 3rd web fest on the 21st Oct 2017.” For more information on UK Web Fest 2016, check out their official website by clicking HERE and check out their impressive 2016 official selection trailer below.
Photo Credit: Twitter(UKWebFest)