**NEW DATES!! April 19th - 21st 2018
**NEW VENUE!! Vancouver Convention Centre (West building)

Canada’s Premier International Online Content Festival & Conference – Vancouver Web Fest celebrates the continuous growth of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. This uniquely diverse festival was the first of its kind in Canada and 5th in the world.

VWF brings together International and Canadian web content creators, buyers, distributors and participants through an engaged and responsive forum that encourages an exploration into new formats of storytelling and acts as a forerunner in the future of web content.

VWF hosts 3 full days of workshops, panels & keynote speakers featuring industry experts, screenings of all Official Selections, pitch sessions, networking parties and concludes with an awards ceremony & gala.

The VWF 3-day experience will include ‘Online Content Creator Day’ with special guest panels & keynotes from online talent (YouTubers). New this year to VWF is Virtual Reality panels, workshops and VR displays.

Webseries Submissions:
-EARLYBIRD SUBMISSIONS: September 1st - September 30th ($40 USD)
-REGULAR SUBMISSIONS: October 1st - October 31st ($55 USD)

*NEW Category Submissions*
-VIRTUAL REALITY: September 1st - November 10th (Intro Rate: $20 USD)
-PILOTS: September 1st - November 10th (Intro Rate: $20.00 USD)

For more information or questions please contact:
submissions@vancouverwebfest.com

Awards & Prizes

"BEST OF" awards for WEBSERIES will be given in the following genres: Animation, Comedy, Dramedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Documentary & Reality.

**NEW AWARDS**
-Dramedy
-Virtual Reality
-Pilots - up to 30 minutes
-Pilots - 30-60 minutes

Other WEBSERIES awards include BEST: Overall, Foreign, Canadian, Best of BC (British Columbia), Actor, Actress, Director, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Special Effects, Visual Effects, Screenplay & Sound Design

**All winners will receive a beautiful custom designed engraved lead crystal trophy & numerous in-kind prizes

Rules & Terms

If your webseries, pilot, or VR submission is not available on line, please post your series to video hosting site of your choice. Once posted, please provide Vancouver Web Fest access. If your series is available on line privately, please provide Vancouver Web Fest access.

Payment

1. Submission fees are non-refundable
2. Submission and payment made through FilmFreeway
3. Payment must be completed at the time of submission

ENTRY FEES:
Early Submissions: September 1st - September 30th ($40 USD)
Regular Submissions: October 1st - October 31st ($55 USD)
Virtual Reality Introductory Submission Rate: Sept 1st - November 10th($20 USD)
Pilots Introductory Submission Rate: Sept 1st - November 10th ($20 USD)

Submission Criteria for "Webseries": (PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR VR & PILOT CRITERIA)

1. All submitters must be 18 years or older.

2. Must have three (3) or more completed webisodes – all completed webisodes of the Webseries (for the season being submitted) must be submitted for consideration. Once a webseries is selected, submitter may choose webisode(s) for screenings. Each selected episode must, at that time, be uploaded via Dropbox (link to be provided).

3. Maximum length will be 20 minutes per episode. (See Criteria for “Official Selections” below for more information)

4. All submissions must include:
* a short synopsis of the submitted Webseries
* a complete list of credits.
* Actor/Actress Name, headshot & clip of scene

5. Genre Categories include:

FICTION
Animation
Comedy
Dramedy
Drama
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction

NON-FICTION
Documentary
Reality

Please choose a genre that best depicts your webseries - one genre per webseries entry. Pornography will not be accepted. If Vancouver Web Fest determines that the incorrect genre may have been chosen, we will contact the submitter regarding reclassification.

6. Each applicant may submit more than one webseries, however, each webseries must have a separate submission form and entry fee.

7. The same webseries may be submitted for entry into more than one genre. However, a separate submission form and submission fee must be paid for each entry.

8. All non-English submissions must either be dubbed in English or have English subtitles.

9. All entries must be the intellectual property of the submitter(s) or submitter(s) must have permission for use of all content rights including music contained in their web series.

10. No proxy submissions.

11. Vancouver Web Fest reserves the rights to use all material submitted including name of webseries, video clips (trailer, teaser) for presentation of awards and promotional material.

12. Once selected, a submitter will receive a detailed instruction package explaining how to upload their selected episodes.

13. Official Judges (Local, National & International) will be selected by Vancouver Web Fest’s Board of Directors and will judge all webseries submitted and decisions are final.

14. All webseries submitted will be judged according to the same criteria.

15. Participants of the Vancouver Web Fest agree to not hold Vancouver Web Fest, 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.

16. Vancouver Web Fest reserves the right to amend guidelines, selection criteria, awards, screening, and activities if necessary.

17. All Provincial & Federal laws apply.

18. By entering their webseries, each participant is bound by the Official Rules/Guidelines/Terms of the Vancouver Web Fest.

19. Only selected entrants will be notified by email.

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*Submission Criteria for VR & PILOTS:

1. All submitters must be 18 years or older.

2. VR & Pilots, when selected as official selections, must be uploaded via Dropbox (link to be provided).

3. All submissions must include:
* a short synopsis of the submitted VR or Pilot
* a complete list of credits.
* Actor/Actress Name, headshot & clip of scene

4. All non-English submissions must either be dubbed in English or have English subtitles.

5. All entries must be the intellectual property of the submitter(s) or submitter(s) must have permission for use of all content rights including music contained in their web series.

6. No proxy submissions.

7. Vancouver Web Fest reserves the rights to use all material submitted including name of VR or Pilot, video clips (trailer, teaser) for presentation of awards and promotional material.

8. Once selected, a submitter will receive a detailed instruction package explaining how to upload their VR or Pilot.

9. Official Judges (Local, National & International) will be selected by Vancouver Web Fest’s Board of Directors and will judge all VR and Pilots submitted, decisions are final.

10. All VR submissions will be judged according to the same criteria. All Pilot submissions will be judged according to the same criteria.

11. Participants of the Vancouver Web Fest agree to not hold Vancouver Web Fest, 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.

12. Vancouver Web Fest reserves the right to amend guidelines, selection criteria, awards, screening, and activities if necessary.

13. All Provincial & Federal laws apply.

14. By entering their webseries, each participant is bound by the Official Rules/Guidelines/Terms of the Vancouver Web Fest.

15. Only selected entrants will be notified by email.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Publicity
The Vancouver Web Fest will request an information package for each web series, VR submission, and pilot that is chosen as an official selection. The contents of the information package will be documented in the "Submission Requirements" sent out as part of the official selection process.

Consent::

Participation in the Vancouver Web Fest implies understanding and acceptance of these regulations. Vancouver Web Fest is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any webseries, VR or Pilot submitted and accepted for use by the Vancouver Web Fest for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the webseries, VR or Pilot hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the webseries, VR or Pilot for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless Vancouver Web Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening webseries, VR or Pilot entered.

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Criteria For “Webseries Official Selections”: (SEE BELOW FOR VR & PILOT CRITERIA)

Once selected as an “Official Selection”, webseries can screen:
• ONE or TWO episodes if the combined running time of the episodes selected for screening is greater than 10 minutes and less than 20 minutes.
• Total running time cannot exceed 20 minutes.
• Series MAY NOT combine multiple episodes into a single long running episode to circumvent the rules as described above. Episodes for screening must be submitted individually, as they were presented for initial judging.

In addition to the episodes for screening, the selected series will submit:
• a video teaser of max 15 seconds of the submitted Webseries
• the official trailer of the submitted Webseries (max 2 minutes).

At the time of notification of “Official Selection”, the nominated webseries must advise the Vancouver Web Fest of the exact total running time of the episodes selected for screening.

**WEBSERIES Submissions Close October 31st, 2017

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Criteria for Pilot Official Selections:

Once selected as an “Official Selection”, Pilots submissions:
• Total running time cannot exceed 22 & 44 minutes. (based on the category submitted to)

In addition to the episode, pilots will submit:
• a video teaser of max 15 seconds
• the official trailer (max 2 minutes).
• a promotional poster for the pilot in landscape orientation and a resolution of 1920x1080.

At the time of notification of “Official Selection”, the nominated VR & Pilot must advise the Vancouver Web Fest of the exact total running time of the episode for screening.

VR and PILOT Submissions Close November 10th, 2017

For more information please contact submissions@vancouverwebfest.com

*Vancouver Web Fest has the right to change the guidelines above at their discretion.

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    Robyn Paris

    I've been to a number of web festivals in the past year and this is one of the absolute best by far! Thanks to Suzette and her team for the amazing hospitality and warmth. The speed-dating session they set up with online platforms and production companies was top notch. It was one of the best networking experiences I've had so far. Plus, I met so many incredible online creators and producers. Just very professional all the way around. Thanks for including us!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Robyn! It's an absolute honour to be part of the wonderful world of webseries and to be able to offer the hardworking creators and their teams opportunities to see and be seen. We loved having you and your series, The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? We sure hope to see you at VWF18. Cheers, Suzette xx :-)

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    Matthew Chapman

    Vancouver Webfest is a fantastic festival in a amazing location with super people. We have had an incredible experience two years in a row and plan on attending next year too!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Matt, to you and everyone of your team. And of course your amazing 4 legged team members. It's such a pleasure to have you at VWF! We can't wait to see you at VWF18! Cheers :-)

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    Christina de Leon

    My absolute favorite web series festival and probably the best one out there. It's not just a screening, it's a marketplace. Every web series creator should submit to this wonderful team.

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christina! It's definitely the creators and their teams attending and participating that helps make VWF a huge success! We can't wait until VWF18! :-)

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    Ant Horasanli

    Great festival and amazing staff. Communication was always quick and very clear. Best compliment I can give is that everything came across as very organized and straight forward - unlike some of the other festivals we have played. Loved VWF and would highly recommend.

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Ant, we really appreciate the wonderful feedback. We are really proud of what we can offer and will definitely be upping it for VWF18! Sure hope to see you and your team next year! :-)

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    Tony Becerra

    Great festival, everyone involved puts in so much work. Comfy chairs!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments Tony :-) Sure hope to see you at VWF18! Cheers!