Sicily Web Fest is a competition organized by Cinnamon Production. The idea of the festival is to appreciate and promote filmakers, both italian and foreign, that have the courage and the passion to express their cinematografic art through the web.

The Sicily Web Fest was founded by the commitment and creativity of Cinnamon Production and its artistic director, Riccardo Cannella, already known in the webseries world for having produced and directed the successful series Run Away, Web Horror Story and Hidden. Officially presented on April 3rd, 2015 at the Hilton University College of Los Angeles at the LA Web Fest and in Seoul for KwebFest, it has become in a short time a pillar of the festival circuit dedicated to the world of web series, considered by many as the future of cinema. The SWF is partner with the major world webfest: Web Fest Berlin, LA Webfest, Seoul Web Fest, Bilbao Web Fest, Rio Web Fest, Melbourne Web fest, Miami Web Fest, Buenos Aires Web Fest, Vancouver Web Fest and Die Seriale.

The aim of the Sicily Web Fest is to promote the digital series format and art and also the sicilian territory and its culture. The 2019 edition will return in Ustica, the island from where it has all started. Sicily Web Fest 5th edition will be in August 8-9-10-11 2019.

LIST OF THE 2018 AWARDS:
• Best Web Series
• Best Italian Web Series
• Best International Web Series
• Best Pilot *
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Directing
• Best Screenplay
• Best Cinematography
• Best Documentary
• Best Animation
• Best Visual Effects
• Best Editing
• Best Original Music score
• Best Sound Design
• Best Make-up
• Best Costume Design
• Best Production Design
• Best Idea *
• Premio del Pubblico *
• Premio del Mediterraneo
• Selection from Festival Partners
• Distribution contracts

* A Pilot episode is eligeble only for Best Pilot, Best Idea and Premio del Pubblico (Audience Award)

• The contest is limited exclusively to Web Series (composed of at least 2 episodes) or pilot episodes that are made for web or mobile devices.

• In order to be admitted the submission must be in Italian or English, or have the necessary subtitles in one of these two languages. All other submisisons will be excluded from the festival.

• There will be no duration limit for submissions.

• Both published and unpublished works will be admitted. All submissions must be available to the SWF organization on the web or have been posted previously (even in the years prior to the contest) on any online distribution platform (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). Submissions must remain available in the same manner on such platforms for the
duration of the contest and up unti the award ceremony. Any submission that does not adhere to these rules is subject to exclusion from the contest.

• In the case that a submission is composed of more than one season, each season will be considered as it’s own submission. Therefore each season can be submitted separately.

• By submitting a work and completing the application form the particpant guarantees to be at least 18 years of age and the holder of all rights to the work submitted. Including the rights to images, logos, names, and music contained within. If those rights are held by a third party, the participant guarantees to be explicitly authorized to use the work submitted. The participant releases Sicily Web Fest and its organizers from any type of responsability arising from damage caused to third parties or legal claims of any type, connected directly or indirectly to the contents of any right related to the work.

• The contestant also authorizes SWF to use the logo of the work, the photographic material, visual and promotional, as well as the rights for the use of their name, image, and voice, for all purposes related to the competition. The information contained in the appliction form will be made public in designated areas of the festival. The contestant also authorizes the organizers of SWF to use pieces of their work for promotional and informational purposes (unless otherwise specified). By completing the application form participants attest to the truth of their statements.

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  • One of the best "destination festivals" there is. Gorgeous location, great Sicilian hospitality, and a general great time.

    October 2019
  • Patrice Anselme

    The island of Ustica is a fabulous place. The festival team is very involved, welcoming and motivated. The jury of professionals is very relevant. The workshops are interesting. Thank you for the welcome and for these moments of exchange and sharing. It's the perfect setting to meet creators from around the world.

    September 2019
  • Muriel Montgomery

    We loved Sicily Web Fest! The crew put on a beautiful festival with tons of great food and parties. They were just incredibly welcoming and passionate about web series. Their commitment is moving. The festival only screens the trailers - which at first felt like a disappointment but in practice turned out to be great way to get to know 100% of the creators. We turned it into a vacation - there is no more beautiful place than Sicily. The award ceremony was the greatest I’ve seen yet and the actual trophies are stunning. So much fun!

    August 2019
  • Nikki Coble

    Awkwardly had an incredible time celebrating Sicily Web Fest! From the first, Cristiano was a rock star, taking excellent care of us, with detailed communication & his solid presence throughout. Upon arrival, we were completely at home with delightful excursions, homemade treats, light hearted gatherings, and the most generous hospitality on all fronts. Thank you Riccardo & the Cinnamon team for treating us to the most wonderful experience! We're grateful to you & to the amazing people of Ustica!

    August 2019
  • Quentin Lewis

    Sicily Web Fest 2019 was amazing! Ricardo and Cristiano were wonderful hosts and their team made us feel very welcome and special. Ustica is a great place to host the festival. It is a picturesque Mediterranean island. We were treated to snorkeling, hiking, Sicilian food tasting as well as amazing discussion panels. Splendid judges and fun networking. We hope to participate again in 2020

    August 2019