In its second year, Santa Monica Webfest will be showcasing the very best in short form digital content from around the world. The festival will be taking place in June of 2021 in one of the most picturesque beach communities on the planet. Participants should make sure to pack both their camera and sunscreen.

Attendees will be greeted warmly on opening night with a signature SMW cocktail and encouraged to socialize during our meet & greet networking party. Experience the gorgeous sunset, feast on delicious barbeque and get to know your fellow content creators in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

Santa Monica Webfest will have numerous screening blocks in a theatrical setting ensuring film makers see not only their own “Official Selection” on the big screen but those of other equally talented creators. Attendees’ all access passes will allow them to experience as many screenings as they would like.

Informative seminars will also be held throughout the weekend to assist and expand attendees’ knowledge bases in areas such as marketing and promotion, financing and the exploration of practical filmmaking techniques with industry experts.

The Santa Monica Webfest will close off a jam-packed weekend with a red carpet awards gala. Festivalgoers and guests alike will celebrate excellence in each genre category. The festival will showcase not only spectacular short form content but also those individuals exceling in their specific field of expertise with numerous craft awards.

Categories & Genres:

Best Short
Best Pilot
Best Trailer
Best Series
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best SciFi Series
Best Action Series
Best Mystery / Thriller / Horror Series
Best Documentary / Non-Fiction Series
Best Animated Series
Best Student / Film School
Best Low Budget Series – 10K or Less

Craft Awards:

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Directing
Best Screenwriting
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design

Submission & Payment Details:

-All fees are final and non-refundable.
-Submission fees are payable through PayPal
-Entries must be submitted through an online link (Vimeo/YouTube etc.) SMWebfest does not accept DVD viewing material.
-Private links are acceptable for submission. Password(s) are required if needed to view.
-Multiple entries are allowed but each independent project must be submitted and paid for separately.

Participation:

-Submissions must be entered by an individual 18 years of age or older.
- Student/Film School submissions can be entered by an individual under the age of 18 years but must be accompanied by the addition of a parent or guardian’s signature who is 18 years of age or older.
-Any and all submissions must be the intellectual property of the individual and/or team submitting said project. No proxy submissions allowed.
-Payment MUST accompany submission. No late payments allowed. Any and all submissions sent without accompanying payment will be deleted without exception.

Submissions Definitions & Guidelines:

-All submissions must have been completed after Jan 1, 2020.
-A short is a stand-alone film under 22 minutes.
-A Pilot is a single episode, with the intention of creating additional serialized episodes. A short form pilot is a stand-alone episode of less than 10 minutes. A long form pilot is a stand-alone episode of more than 10 minutes. If you have already completed two or more episodes at the time of entry please submit under the digital series category.
-A series is at least TWO (2) completed episodes at the time of entry. A short form series is a series with episodes averaging less than 10 minutes in length. A long form is a series with episodes averaging more than 10 minutes.
-Submitters may select the genre category they feel best represents their project.
-Santa Monica Webfest will not accept any project with explicit sexual acts or situations it deems in any way pornographic.
-Content not originally filmed in English must provide English subtitles.
-Employees, Agents or family members of those associated with Santa Monica Webfest are ineligible for any and all awards.
-Santa Monica Webfest reserves the right to alter selection and screening guidelines.

Screening Guidelines:

-Shorts selected for screening and awards consideration must be under 22 minutes.
-Pilots selected for screening and awards consideration must be under 10 minutes to qualify for screening in the short form category and must be over 10 minutes but under 22 minutes to qualify for screening in the long form category.
- Series selected for screening and awards consideration can choose to submit one or two episodes, however, the overall run time must be under 10 minutes to qualify for screening in the short form category and must be over 10 minutes but under 22 minutes to qualify for screening in the long form category.
- Santa Monica Webfest reserves the right to edit screening episodes that do not conform to the runtime criteria specified in each category.

General Rules & Guidelines:

-By submitting to Santa Monica Webfest participants agree to release and hold festival directors, employees, representatives and volunteers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and legal actions of any kind in connection with the submission, screening, awards or any and all events associated and/or affiliated with Santa Monica Webfest.
-By submitting your short, pilot and/or series you thereby agree to screen your project if chosen as an Official Selection. A short, pilot and/or series selected but for whatever reason does not screen will be disqualified from awards selection and unable to receive an award.
-By submitting a short, pilot and/or series you are agreeing that you are legally authorized to use any and all visual, audio and music contained in your submission. Santa Monica Webfest will not be held liable for any legal action or claims resulting from the failure of submitters to properly obtain any and all legal rights to the material submitted and/or screened.
-By submitting a short, pilot and/or series participants agree to allow Santa Monica Webfest to use the name of the submitted project as well as video and audio clips for the marketing and promotion of the festival, highlight reels, and award presentations.
-If an award recipient is not on hand to receive an award during the awards gala, any and all shipping charges of said award will be the sole responsibility of the recipient.
-By submitting, participants agree to be bound by any and all official rules of Santa Monica Webfest.
-Awards and screenings are subject to change at any time.
- All local, state and federal laws apply. Entry void where prohibited by law.

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  • Josh Romm

    Excellent festival !great communication by email very helpful Jason rocks he is very helpful went out of his way to give the opportunity and the time for my clients to have their trailer Interminable a official selection in the virtual festival and let me and them know what was going on thanks so much Jason!

    June 2020
  • alexandra guerineaud

    Santa Monica Webfest turned virtual this year because of the pandemic and we didn't know what to expect. And guess what? It was awesome! Kudos to Jason and Amber and the whole festival team for making it a fun event. The selection was fantastic. I loved being able to watch all the series online and I was surprised to see how easy it was to connect with all the different creators and make new friends. Thank you for having us! I look forward to going next year!

    June 2020
  • Faced with the challenge of running the festival entirely digitally because of the pandemic, SMW did a fantastic job of creating original ways to showcase the projects in different blocks across the weekend. And the Q&A / interview sessions were very well run and a lot of fun. I'd put my money on the in-person event next year being a can't-miss festival. Very excited to submit again!

    June 2020
  • Wonderful festival. The festival organizers did an amazing job and put on a great weekend. Highly recommend.

    June 2020
  • Martijn Winkler

    Of course this first edition (turned virtual) was so very different than we all expected and hoped, due to COVID. But I was astounded by the enthusiasm, the support and creativity of the team behind SMWF. They hosted terrific Q&A sessions, I met many other creators, the blocks were compiled with great care and of high overall quality. This was a terrific experience. And I now long more than ever to actually visit the festival in person next year, and meet everyone face to face. Thanks Jason and Amber!

    June 2020