Sydney Web Fest, Sydney's home for digital short-form storytelling, is back for its third edition in 2021!

Sydney Web Fest is Sydney's international web series festival, and is making waves in the Australian web series scene. Sydney Web Fest is dedicated to the celebration of online content, and the talents of those who make it happen.

We're excited to showcase hardworking creatives, and their web series work. SWF is committed to celebrating the creators of web series', and in particular, the creative accomplishments of womxn - along with honouring diversity across all spectrums. No matter how you identify, we look forward to your submission.

2021 marks SWF's third year, with the valued support from LA Web Fest, the eternally brilliant Michael Ajakwe, our partners Melbourne Web Fest, NZ Web Fest, Montreal Web Fest, New Jersey Web Fest, and other industry heavyweights. SWF will be packed with screenings, panels, networking opportunities, and our awards ceremony.

At this stage, due to the uncertainty of live events, the festival will be held online this year! Projects that are part of our Official Selection line up, will be available for one week prior, and one week after the festival's conclusion!

The Sydney Web Fest team are excited to welcome you to the second Sydney Web Fest!

#SydneyWebFest2021 #SWF21

SWF Award for Best Series*
SWF Award for Diversity**
SWF Michael Ajakwe Award for Innovation***

Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Student Series
Best Kids Series
Best Animated Series
Best Pilot
Best Podcast
Best Short Film

Best Director
Best Screenplay - Comedy
Best Screenplay - Drama
Best Editing
Best Actor - Female
Best Actor - Male
Best Supporting Actor - Female
Best Supporting Actor - Male
Best Ensemble
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Visual/Special Effects
Best Animation

* Qualifying series must have womxn in at least three key creative roles (Lead Female Actor,Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Composer, Editor)
** Qualifying series must have an LGBTQIA+ focus and/or pass the Vito Russo test.
*** This award is in honour of the creator of web series festivals as we know them. As the founder of LA Web Fest, Michael paved the way for festivals like ours, and this award celebrates innovation and courage in filmmaking.

Please read the following terms carefully. Sydney Web Fest reserves the right to deem any project that fails to meet the criteria outlined ineligible.

1. Upon submitting to Sydney Web Fest, you and/or your team fully accept the terms and conditions outlined by Sydney Web Fest.
2. Upon submission, you grant Sydney Web Fest rights to use works submitted, and excerpts from works submitted, for promotional purposes (presentations, highlight reels, advertising material).
3. Upon submitting your work to Sydney Web Fest, you and/or your team must have expressed authority, own all rights, and the associated intellectual property permissions, to submit works.
4. You may submit more than one project to the festival, to one or more categories, but each submission in each category must be completed separately, each with their own submission fee. If you aren't sure which category your project falls under, select which one is closest.
5. Entry fees are non-refundable. Submitters understand that submitting their work and paying the submission fee does not guarantee that their project will be accepted into Sydney Web Fest. Upon submission, submitters also acknowledge that every project received will be judged by a jury, whose decision is final. They acknowledge and accept this risk, as well as the fact that entry fees are non-refundable, and that withdrawals are not permitted.
6. With the exception of the Student Series category (which must be clearly marked on the entry's application), all content submitters must be 18 years or over.
7. At this time, all projects produced after December 2015 are eligible for consideration, regardless of previous screenings, award wins, or premiere status.
8. Each submission must have a minimum of two (2) completed episodes, upon submission.
9. Individual episodes must not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length. Sydney Web Fest welcomes a reduced/edited version of an episode, in order to meet the time criteria.
10. Entries that are in a language other than English, must include English subtitles for all episodes submitted.
11. Project must be viewable globally, and not password protected by region. Projects may be submitted via platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo, and via Google Drive (no Dropbox links, please!). Projects must be able to be downloaded, for the festival's promotional content.
12. Episode assets will be retained on the Sydney Web Fest Website for the duration of the festival, and will be taken down no later than seven (7) days after the festival's conclusion.
13. Sydney Web Fest will not be held responsible for any project that has not received the proper authority/permission to obtain rights to material submitted to, or screened at, SWF. This includes claims involving copyright, trademarks, screenings, or any other liability. Sydney Web Fest will also not be held financially responsible, for any of the listed violations.
14. Every single submitted project is watched/listened to, which is a promise we're proud to keep. All decisions made by Sydney Web Fest are final.
15. Sydney Web Fest reserves the right to amend or change festival criteria.
16. Sydney Web fest reserves the right to screen or not screen programmed works, or works announced in the Official Selection section of the festival.
17 . Any material sent to Sydney Web Fest will not be returned, unless a postpaid, self-addressed, return envelope is enclosed in the package.
18. We strongly advise that all official submissions/submission material (and questions regarding submissions) should come through FilmFreeway, or our official email address: hello@sydneywebfest.com. We do our very best to keep across our socials, however we can’t guarantee that your project, and/or your important questions, will get to us! To ensure that we can keep in touch reliably, please use our email address.
19. New South Wales and Australian state and federal laws apply.

Discounts: we do not offer entry fee waivers. For all SWF alumni, please email hello@sydneywebfest.com for a special discount code!

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  • Sam Rogers

    Very well run festival and great they went to the effort of organising panels during covid times. Highly recommended.

    October 2021
  • Thank you for selecting You Are Not Alone in the 2021 film festival. What a great festival, congratulations to the team for fantastic event and live stream in the midst of lockdown.

    October 2021
  • Wonderful fest with a great vibe. Thanks for including our film! :)

    October 2021
  • Great communication and a well organised fest, they also have networking and industry panels :)

    October 2021
  • Karen Illesca

    An absolute dream first festival experience with Sydney Web Fest! So honoured to be included amongst such fantastic submissions. I cannot recommend this festival highly enough!

    October 2021