In the spring of 2018, the IWCC presents the 5th annual T.O. WEBFEST to support, connect, promote and celebrate independent content creators from Canada and around the world. T.O. WebFest is a multi-day festival offering engaging panels and workshops, special events, awards, free public web series screenings, and more!

SUBMIT YOUR WEBSERIES:
1. Choose one of the seven Primary categories. Web Series entry fees includes 3 Craft Categories.
2. Optionally submit your series for a Craft Award ($10 each).
3. Enter the appropriate discount code to submit your first 3 Craft categories for free.
The codes are as follows:
CRAFTONE if you wish to enter into only one Craft category.
CRAFTTWO if you wish to enter into only two Craft categories
CRAFTTHREE if you wish to enter into at least three Craft categories.

Note: As an IWCC member, your exclusive discount code will apply to your total cart amount to include all your Craft category selections.

SUBMIT YOUR PODCAST:
1. Submit your series to the Podcast Primary category
* Please note podcasts are not eligible for Craft awards

SUBMIT YOUR VLOG:
1. Submit your series to the Vlog Primary category
* Please note Vlogs are not eligible for Craft awards

EARLY ENTRY BONUS:
SUBMIT NOW AND RECEIVE A FREE 1-YEAR IWCC MEMBERSHIP!
(You'll receive an email at the end of the Early Bird period with the Code to redeem your free membership)

www.iwcc-ciwc.org

Awards & Prizes

PRIMARY:
-BEST COMEDY
-BEST DRAMA
-BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
-BEST SCI-FI & FANTASY
-BEST FAMILY CONTENT
- BEST PODCAST
- BEST VLOG

CRAFTS:
-BEST SCREENPLAY
-BEST DIRECTING
-BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
-BEST SOUND DESIGN
-BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
-BEST ANIMATED CONTENT
-BEST EDITING
-BEST MUSIC
-BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE
-BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
-BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
-BEST WEBSERIES
Open to all participating web series. Finalists will be determined by highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.
-BEST CANADIAN SERIES
Open only to web series produced in Canada. Finalists will be determined by highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.
-TRIPLE THREAT AUTEUR
Open to any one person who occupied at least three of the following nine key roles in connection with a selected web series, as listed in your project credits in FilmFreeway: creator, producer, showrunner, writer, director, director of photography, editor, distributor, and lead actor.
-BEST LGBTQ+ STORY
The series that champions pushing representational boundaries and evolving LGBTQ+ cultural narratives.*
-IWCC CANADIAN SPOTLIGHT
The series you couldn't imagine taking place anywhere else. This series uses Canada not just as a backdrop, but weaves their community, values and landmarks as significant drivers of their characters' journey.*

* As non-juried awards, T.O. Webfest and the IWCC board of directors will select the nominees and winners will be chosen by online vote.

Rules & Terms

HOW TO SUBMIT:

1. Select the Primary category that best suits your content.
2. Opt into any additional Craft Award Categories for which you would like your content to be considered. Up to three Craft categories are included with the cost of your Primary category. Each additional Craft category opted into will cost an additional $10 regardless of the submission window and there is no limit on the number of additional Craft Award Categories for which your content can be considered. (This option does not apply to Podcasts or Vlogs).
3. Apply Craft category discount code in order to receive up to three Craft categories free. If you are an IWCC member, your exclusive discount code will apply to your total cart amount to include all your Craft category selections. If you wish to enter into more, you will be charged $10 for each additional Craft submission. The codes are as follows:
CRAFTONE if you wish to enter into only one Craft category.
CRAFTTWO if you wish to enter into only two Craft categories
CRAFTTHREE if you wish to enter into at least three Craft categories.
4. Submit up to 15 minutes of content for judging. Your submitted content may consist of EITHER
a. one episode with a runtime that does not exceed 15 minutes;
b. multiple episodes with a combined runtime that does not exceed 15 minutes; or
c. a portion (up to 15 minutes) of one episode with an original runtime that exceeds 15 minutes.

Please note that all runtimes must include titles and end credits (if applicable) and that the festival reserves the right to screen a portion of your submitted content instead of its full length.
If you are submitting multiple episodes or a portion of one episode, please edit your submission content accordingly and upload a video that does not exceed 15 minutes, for consideration.

5. Submit all required information and pay the required fee(s) in accordance with the relevant submission window.

ELIGIBLE CONTENT
All submitted content must satisfy the following requirements:

-The content must have been developed for online audiences. Non-exclusive development for online audiences is sufficient.
-The content must be submitted by a creator/producer aged 18 or older.
-At the time of submission, the series must already be accessible online or subject to online distribution.
-If your content is unfinished or pending distribution, you may submit password-protected unreleased content or Works in Progress for consideration. You can add a password to protect your video uploads on your FilmFreeway project page. If selected, you must have a screening file available by May 1, 2018.
-The series must have been active online sometime after January 1, 2015. To be considered ‘active online’, the series must have been publicized during the appropriate time frame through either a live website, social media channels, published press releases, published content, or some other form of online activity associated with the series.
-The content must include English subtitles to accompany any important dialogue or visual references that are not spoken or written in English.

ELIGIBLE FORMATS:

1. WEB SERIES
-Serialized narrative content of any genre, that fit the eligibility requirements.

2. PODCASTS
-Serialized podcasts of the following genres:
documentary, talk show, narrative/fiction, or long form.
-In FilmFreeway, your Project Type should be identified as “Music/Songwriting” which will accept audio files. Series of this format can only be submitted to the “Podcast” Primary category.

3. VLOG SERIES
-Serialized content from vloggers and influencers of these genres:
documentary, talk show, narrative/fiction, news/culture.
-Series of this format can only be submitted to the “Vlog” Primary category.

INELIGIBLE CONTENT:
The following content formats are not eligible for screening during T.O. WebFest and will be rejected regardless of their adherence to any other requirements:

-Commercials
-Corporate videos promoting a product or service
-Pornography
-Product reviews
-Music videos
-Short films
-Pilot episodes

RULES:

1. All submitters must submit their content to T.O. WebFest through FilmFreeway.
2. All submitters must submit to at least 1 Primary category. One can not submit to any Craft categories without also submitting to a Primary category.
3. A single submission may be considered for more than one Primary category provided that an additional entry with additional submission fee paid for each additional Primary category.
4. Multiple projects may be submitted for consideration provided that an additional submission fee is paid for each entry.
5. All submission fees are non-refundable.
6. Submitting does not guarantee your series as an Official Selection of T.O. WebFest 2018.
7. The Festival prefers that the submitter is the creator/producer of the project, however in order to submit content on the behalf of its creator/producer, the contact information of the primary creator/producer must be provided in order to document them as the festival’s main point of contact.
8. The submitter must have obtained legal copyright to publicly screen their submitted content and all intellectual property contained therein including, but not limited to, music, lyrics, written work, photos, video content, artwork, and media excerpts.
9. The creator/producer of each Official Selection will be offered 2 complimentary passes to T.O. WebFest 2018.

JURY INFORMATION:

-T.O. WebFest and the IWCC maintain that the collective members of the Festival Jury reflect an international selection of esteemed industry professionals of diverse cultural backgrounds.
-T.O. WebFest and the IWCC reserve the right to appoint all members of the Festival Jury.
-The Festival Jury determines all Official Selections.
-The Festival Jury selects the nominees and winners in each category, based on the submitter’s selection of Primary and Craft categories for consideration.
-If the Festival Jury or T.O. WebFest determines that an incorrect category may have been chosen for a submission, the submitter will be contacted regarding reclassification.
-T.O. WebFest and the IWCC selects nominees and winners in each Achievement Award Category based on scoring information provided by the Festival Jury.
-All decisions regarding official selections and award nominees and winners are non-disputable.
-The identities of the Festival Jury members will be posted on the T.O. WebFest website after submissions close with the exception of any that choose to remain anonymous.
-Staff members of T.O. Webfest, or members of the Board of Directors of the IWCC are not eligible to receive any awards or participate in the Festival Jury.
-General Members of the IWCC organization may be considered as potential jurors.
-Jurors can not judge/vote for their own work that has been submitted to T.O. WebFest for consideration.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

-T.O. WebFest reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time.
-Failure to meet the eligibility requirements will lead to disqualification.
-Disqualification will not entitle a submitter to a refund of the submission fee.
-By submitting your content, you represent that you have acquired all legal rights to publicly screen all content within your submission.
-T.O. WebFest reserves the right to determine screening conditions for all Official Selections.
-T.O. WebFest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to add content advisory disclaimers to any content screened, if deemed necessary, for any reason.
-If a submitter’s content is selected, a Notice of Official Selection shall be emailed to the to the email address provided by the submitter in their FilmFreeway profile on the notification date.
-Announcements identifying the Official Selections will be posted online on the T.O. WebFest website and social media channels on the notification date.
-If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us and we will assess your submission on a case-by-case basis.
-T.O. WebFest participants agree to not hold T.O. WebFest or the IWCC, its employees, directors and representatives responsible for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the event or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize.
-All provincial & federal laws apply.

Questions about your eligibility? Email submissions@towebfest.com

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    Robyn Paris

    T.O. WebFest was an incredible experience. The quality of series was top-notch. The parties and networking events at the CN tower were amazing. It was just a very well run and well organized festival with a lot to offer independent creators. The Canadians really have this web fest thing down to an art. I would come again in a heartbeat. Thanks for including us T.O. WebFest!

    June 2017
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    My Roommate's An Escort

    We had an amazing experience at the T.O. WebFest. It is organized to a tee, and there are so many great networking events and screenings. They also really bridged a connection between the creators and network executives in the web space, as well as the television world. We cannot recommend T.O. WebFest enough! Thank you for a wonderful experience. Best, Katie Uhlmann & Trish Rainone (co-creators of My Roommate's an Escort)

    June 2017
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    Shilpa Mankikar

    Friendly festival, landmark location, great for networking with industry or other Creators. Plus we were nominated for 2 awards. We had a great experience!

    June 2017
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    Emmett Lundberg

    Had an amazing experience at T.O. Webfest! Loved screening at the CN Tower and felt really supported by the staff - would absolutely recommend this fest and looking forward to submitting in the future.

    June 2017
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    Herman Wang

    The venue and networking this year were excellent this year!

    June 2017