Melbourne WebFest is Australia’s international web series festival. MWF was the fourth festival of its kind in the world, and remains the biggest celebration of web series in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne WebFest is working to acknowledge digital screen producers and is creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne. It is also an opportunity for the public to experience the best in digital series entertainment from around the globe. The festival includes screenings, keynotes, discussion panels, masterclasses, and a live pitching competition.

In addition to the annual official selection, Melbourne WebFest also promotes Australian productions with its Spotlight program, which screens on the first day of the festival.

Discounts: We DO NOT offer waivers. We DO however, offer 20% discount on the fee for alumni of MWF, and for official selections and alumni of our partner festivals: Marseille WebFest, Seoul WebFest, Roma WebFest, Sicily WebFest, Rio WebFest, WebFest Berlin, NZ WebFest as well as to members of the IAWTV. If you are entitled to this discount, please email prior to submitting and we will provide you with a discount code. Student productions can submit at a special student rate, but will only be eligible for the Student showcase and the Student award.
Payments must be completed at the time of submission, and submission fees are non-refundable.

In 2020, Melbourne WebFest will acknowledge web series creators and crews with the following awards:

Genre awards

Best Comedy (International and Australian)
Best Animation (International and Australian)
Best Drama (International and Australian)
Best Non-Fiction (International and Australian)

Talent and technical awards:

Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Leading Actor or Ensemble
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble
Best Visual/Special Effects

Other awards:

Best of Spotlight (Australian and international series produced for less than $50,000 USD)
Best Student series
Crowd Favourite (decided by attendees at Melbourne WebFest)
Outstanding Diversity Award
Pitch iview
Grand Jury Award
Michael Ajakwe Jr Lifetime Achievement Award
Ruby Tickets to partner festivals

The Ruby Tickets are awarded to series that will be picked for direct entry to our partner festivals in Marseille, Seoul, Rome, Berlin, Rio, Sicily and New Zealand.

All award winners receive an exclusively designed and handmade trophy.

PLEASE NOTE: Awards and prizes are subject to change at this stage.

Submission criteria

1. Melbourne WebFest accepts web series from all across the globe.
2. Submitters must be 18 years of age or older.
3. Entries are only accepted via FilmFreeway.
4. Submissions MUST be the intellectual property of the submitter(s) and/or their team, or the submitter(s) must have obtained appropriate licensing rights to use any and all content featured in their series — including music. No proxy submissions are accepted.
5. The series must have a minimum of three (3) episodes available by the end of submissions period 2020. The series does not have to be officially released or publicly available, but it must be available for our selection panel to view at the time of submission.
6. Student submissions are exempt from condition #5 and require a minimum of one (1) episode available by the end of submission period 2020. The series does not have to be officially released or publicly available, but it must be available for our selection panel to view at the time of submission.
7. Series must be viewable by the selection & judging panel and not region locked to any specific country. We accept password protected links from sites, including but not limited to, YouTube & Vimeo or through cloud storage systems, including but not limited to, Dropbox & Google Drive. Entries with links to unviewable content will be asked to provide a more secondary link to episodes. Failure to oblige may result in disqualification. Series must have an option for offline downloading for use in promotional content leading up to the festival.
8. Previous official selections must have produced a minimum of three (3) new episodes to be eligible for consideration.
9. Individual episodes must not exceed 30 minutes.
10. By submitting to Melbourne WebFest, submitters automatically grant Melbourne WebFest a non-exclusive license to use their material for PR and Marketing of the festival.
11. All non-English language works MUST be subtitled.
12. Entrants can submit an unlimited number of projects, but each series require individual submission form and payment.
13. Submitters will be asked to classify their series in one of the following genres: Animation; Comedy; Drama; and Non-Fiction. Melbourne WebFest reserves the right to reclassify a series if it better fits another category.
14. Student productions have the option of submitting for a heavily reduced fee, noting that these submissions are only eligible for the student award if selected for the festival.
15. Official selections, Spotlight selections and student selections, will be announced via the Melbourne WebFest e-newsletter, social media, and the Melbourne WebFest web site. Submitters will be notified of the outcome via FilmFreeway.
16. Decisions by Melbourne WebFest are final.
17. Melbourne WebFest reserves the right to amend the criteria.
18. Entrants are advised to monitor the email address used for submission for any information about Melbourne WebFest and the 2020 Selection. Melbourne WebFest takes no responsibility for any selected entrant not receiving notifications or important information.
19. Selected series must be prepared to send a file for screening at Melbourne WebFest 2020. Guidelines for this step will be emailed shortly after the selection announcement.

Terms and conditions

1. By entering a web series into Melbourne WebFest, the submitter(s) automatically acknowledge that they understand and accept the festival’s guidelines and terms and conditions.
2. By entering a web series into Melbourne WebFest, the submitter(s) automatically grant the festival the rights to use the submitted works and any excerpt thereof for promotional purposes.
3. By entering Melbourne WebFest, submitter(s) confirm that they hold all appropriate rights to the actors, music, etc. By entering, they release the Melbourne WebFest from any claim and all responsibilities relating to or arising from its use of the series.
4. The submitter(s) and their agents agree to indemnify and hold harmless Melbourne WebFest, its advisory board, committee, staff, judges, partners and sponsors 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 web series entered.
5. The submitter(s) acknowledge that entering their work and paying the submission fee does not guarantee selection of the work into the Festival. Submitter(s) agree that they are aware that all series received will be judged by a selection panel whose decision is final. They accept this risk; understand that the entry fee is non-refundable, and that withdrawing entries is not permitted.
6. The onus is on the submitter to ensure their series is available for viewing by the Melbourne WebFest panel and that the submitted material adheres to the submission criteria and terms and conditions.
7. Australian and Victorian laws apply.

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic festival loaded with beautiful, warm, and generous organisers! They're passionate, helpful and very engaging, bringing in the best of the online creative world together. Would MWF again!

    January 2020
  • Great festival and great selections, really enjoyed some of the panels this year too. Festival is growing each year.

    July 2019
  • Enzo Tedeschi

    Run by a genuinely awesome and passionate group of professionals who love people and web series, this is one of the slickest, most well run and good value Webfests I have attended around the world. I look forward to seeing it continue going from strength to strength each year.

    July 2019
  • Steinar Ellingson's swan song as director of this venerable fest was a great one! This is a marvelously organized festival with dedicated and friendly people. We're so glad were we invited to attend and so glad we made it. Love the country, love the people, love the awesome Aussie series. Love Melbourne. Alex Hipwell, the new director, was a super generous host and a great guy. Heck I can say that about all the staff and volunteers too. Sally Mclean, a series creator has joined the staff and in a senior capacity and was a great help and friend to me. It's a long jouney for some of us internationals, but well worth it. You must enter and you should go if you get in. It's one of the topline fests in the world.

    September 2018
  • Katia Nizic

    Melbourne Web Fest is a fantastic festival, run by passionate individuals who really want to champion emerging creators. I can't recommend them enough!

    July 2018