In the summer of 2021, WebSeries Canada presents the 8th 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, public web series screenings, and more!

NEW THIS YEAR!!! WebSeries Canada is proud to introduce an Equity and Inclusion Fund. We have established this to ensure that cost is not a barrier for any under-represented industry professional to participate in T.O. WebFest. This fund will provide submission fees to those that may require it and identify as Black, Indigenous or persons of colour. Please contact the EquityFund@WebSeriesCanada.ca

NEW THIS YEAR!!! TOWF is combining our Pitch event and our Best Pilot Award into The Pitch & Pilot Program we will have three categories Best Pilot, Best Pitch & Best Overall Pitch & Pilot. When you enter Genre: Best Pitch & Pilot Program you will be entered into all 3 the top 10 entries will be asked to pitch live at the TOWF Pitch Pit on the first day of the festival.

NEW THIS YEAR!!! The TOWF Best Ever Festival for web series made before December 31, 2019. If you think your web series is the Best Ever this Festival is for you. Enter at TOWF: (your genre) and you will be entered into the Best Ever People’s Choice and the Best Ever Overall categories as well. Good Luck to all!!!

SUBMIT YOUR WEB SERIES:

This year we are having a celebration of web series as we have never had before.

First, choose your release dates:

If released between January 1, 2020, up until March 1st, 2021, pick your genre for TOWF:

GENRE: BEST DRAMA
GENRE: BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
GENRE: BEST HORROR & THRILLER
GENRE: BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
GENRE: BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
GENRE: BEST LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)

If released before December 31st, 2019, pick your genre for the TOWF Best Ever Festival:

TOWF: BEST EVER DRAMA
TOWF: BEST EVER COMEDY
TOWF: BEST EVER SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
TOWF: BEST EVER HORROR & THRILLER
TOWF: BEST EVER LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)
TOWF: BEST EVER FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
TOWF: BEST EVER DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE

Once you complete your genre picks you will apply to the TOWF craft categories. The TOWF Best Ever Awards Have NO Craft Categories.
You are given 3 codes for free as part of your entrance fee, you will be charged $5.00 for each craft thereafter.
Code 1. CRAFTONE2021
Code 2. CRAFTTWO2021
Code 3. CRAFTTHREE2021

If your series is selected to be part of the festival you will be sent a google form by email. This documentation must be completed within 5 business days to qualify and move forward with a possible nomination. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL IS CORRECT.

PRIMARY AWARDS:

BEST WEB SERIES
BEST CANADIAN SERIES
BEST TORONTO SERIES
WEBSERIES CANADA SPOTLIGHT
PEOPLE’S CHOICE

GENRE AWARDS:

BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
BEST HORROR & THRILLER
BEST LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)
BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
BEST PITCH & PILOT PROGRAM

CRAFT AWARDS:

BEST DIRECTING
BEST WRITING
BEST LEAD ACTOR
BEST LEAD ACTRESS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ENSEMBLE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BEST ANIMATED CONTENT
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST SOUNDTRACK
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST MAKEUP

TOWF BEST EVER FESTIVAL:
For series released before December 31, 2019

AWARDS:
BEST EVER WEB SERIES
BEST EVER CANADIAN SERIES
PEOPLE’S CHOICE
BEST EVER DRAMA
BEST EVER COMEDY
BEST EVER SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
BEST EVER HORROR & THRILLER
BEST EVER LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)
BEST EVER FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
BEST EVER DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
FESTIVAL AWARDS DESCRIPTIONS:

-BEST WEB SERIES
Open to all participating web series. Finalists will be determined by the 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 the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

-BEST TORONTO SERIES
Open only to web series produced in Toronto. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

-WEBSERIES CANADA SPOTLIGHT
Open only to web series produced by WebSeries Canada Members. Finalists will be determined by the Festival Jury.

-TRIPLE THREAT AUTEUR
Open to anyone person who occupied at least three of the following four key roles in connection with a selected web series, as listed in your FilmFreeway submission form: writer, director, director of photography, and lead actor. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the festival jury.

SPOTLIGHT FOR EQUITY & INCLUSION- BIPOC
SPOTLIGHT FOR EQUITY & INCLUSION- WOMEN
SPOTLIGHT FOR EQUITY & INCLUSION- LGBTQ+

The series that most effortlessly showcases the narratives of underrepresented groups and centres minority voices.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS HONOURABLE MENTION
May or may not be given at the option of the committee.

Rules & Terms
HOW TO SUBMIT:

1. Choose one of two release dates:

If released between January 1, 2020, up until March 1st, 2021, pick your genre in TOWF

BEST COMEDY
BEST DRAMA
BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
BEST HORROR & THRILLER
BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
BEST LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)

If released before December 31st, 2019, pick your genre in TOWF Best Ever Festival

BEST EVER DRAMA
BEST EVER COMEDY
BEST EVER SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
BEST EVER HORROR & THRILLER
BEST EVER LOW BUDGET (10K OR LESS)
BEST EVER FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
BEST EVER DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
BEST PITCH & PILOT PROGRAM

2. Once you complete your picks you will be entered into all craft categories that you have listed in your documentation. If you are selected as a series in our festival you will be sent documentation that must be completed within 10 days to qualify and move forward with your nomination.

3. There is no limit on the length of content submitted for consideration, but the jury will only consider the first ten (10) minutes of the submitted material and the maximum length that will be screened at the festival (including titles and end credits if applicable) is ten (10) minutes. The festival reserves the right to screen a portion of your submitted content instead of its full length.

4. 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:

-All Content must follow the Canadian 14A Classification - Suitable for people 14 years of age or older. Those under 14 should view with an adult. No rental or purchase by those under 14. Parents cautioned. May contain violence, coarse language and/or sexually suggestive scenes.

-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 be accessible online or subject to online distribution by July 1, 2021.
-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 June 1, 2021.
-The series must have been active online sometime after January 1, 2020. 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:
WEB SERIES
-Serialized narrative content with 3 or more episodes of any genre that fits the eligibility requirements.

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:
Podcast
Shorts
Commercials
Corporate videos promoting a product or service
Pornography
Product reviews
Music videos
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 an 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 2021.
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 2021.
10. By submitting you agree that TO WebFest 2021 may display all or part of the submitted content online or mobile app from June 1 2021 to August 31, 2021, to festival audiences.
11. By submitting you agree that TO WebFest 2021 may display all or part of the submitted press kit content online, mobile or on social media for the lifetime of the post.

JURY INFORMATION:
-T.O. WebFest and the WebSeries Canada 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 WebSeries Canada reserve the right to appoint all members of the Festival Jury.
-The Festival Jury determines all Primary Award & Craft Category Official Selections.

T.O. WebFest and the WebSeries Canada selects nominees and winners in each Achievement Award Category, with the exception of those categories based on Festival Jury scores. (i.e. Best Series, Best Canadian Series, Best Toronto Series & Triple Threat Auteur).
-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.
-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 WebSeries Canada are permitted to submit their web series, but they may not participate in any jury categories in which their submissions are entered.
-General Members of WebSeries Canada organization may be considered as potential jurors and may submit series projects, and be eligible for awards.
-Jurors cannot judge/vote for their own work that has been submitted to T.O. WebFest for consideration or judge/vote in any category that their work is in consideration for.

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 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 are selected as an Official Selection in our festival you will be sent documentation that must be completed within 10 days to qualify and move forward in the process.
-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/WebSeries Canada or 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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  • Marieve Herington

    I never write reviews but this festival really took the cake... Particularly since it took place online due to Covid I was dubious as to if it would be worth attending since there would be no networking, AND YET! The festival organizers went over and above to add extra value for us creators with zoom networking with execs, financing folks, who we are still talking to months after the festival's conclusion! Professional, fun, supportive environment all around, we look forward to submitting in the future!

    September 2020
  • Hamish Roxburgh

    A great online festival with some quality projects. Very happy we were a part of it all. Thank you.

    August 2020
  • Adam Hutsell

    Such a wonderful experience! The panels and guests were informative. High quality projects shown and a well-laid out online experience. Honored to be a part of it!

    July 2020
  • Lauren Porteous

    Amazing experience. Feel very privileged to be selected.

    July 2020
  • Really enjoyed TO WebFest's 2020 Festival. Being a Virtual Festival - in the year of Covid awareness, they really took the virtual platform to the next level. Very informative and well produced interactive workshops and panels with Funders, Digital Streamers and Network representatives making themselves very available to the visiting Filmmakers and Guests. Their online AWARD Presentation was also excellently produced with noted international industry professional guests presenting the awards. Very impressed overall with the 2020 TO WebFest. Highly recommend it and look forward to visiting it again in person. - Michael P O'Hara / Waking Dream Productions

    July 2020