Minnesota WebFest is the first film festival in the Midwest dedicated to online entertainment formats like web series and podcasts. MNWF is a member festival of the North Star Story Summit as well as a member of the Web Series World Cup and Audio Fiction World Cup.

Our mission is to identify high quality web entertainment, to promote the works of the creators, and to highlight the diverse voices that online entertainment empowers.

Throughout the festival you will be treated to screenings on state of the art theater equipment, networking opportunities, educational talks, and panels from experts around the world. Network with other creators and industry experts in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. Our Awards Ceremony completes the event, where we hand out our awards, decided by an independent jury panel.

And of course, we are by no means all work and no play! There are lots of fun and unique events you can enjoy on the North Shore of Lake Superior!

Genre Awards:
Best Action Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Dramatic Series
Best Dramedy Series
Best Documentary/Reality Series
Best Horror Series
Best Mockumentary Series
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series
Best Sketch Comedy Series
Best Thriller Series
Craft Awards:
Best Cinematography
Best Comedic Ensemble
Best Comedic Performance
Best Screenplay (script entries only)
Best Director
Best Dramatic Ensemble
Best Dramatic Performance
Best Effects
Best Original Music
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Excellence in Web Series Promotion
Community Awards:
Best Representation of Communities of Color
Best Representation of LGBTQ+ Communities
Best Representation of Women
General Awards:
Best Pilot (pilot entries only)
Best Student Series
Best of Minnesota
Best of the United States
Best of the World

Genre Awards:
Best Comedy
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Drama
Best Anthology
Best Family
Craft Awards:
Best Sound Design
Best Story
Best Educational
Best Game Master
Best Dramatic Performance
Best Comedic Performance
General Awards:
Best New Concept (concept entries only)
Best Actual Play
Best Narrative
Best Non-Narrative

In addition, our partner festivals make direct selections from our pool of Minnesota works.


We do not accept for any category pornographic works nor do we accept any works that promote violence or hatred. All works must have been completed AFTER December 1, 2022 for consideration.

NOTE FOR PODCAST SUBMISSIONS: When you join FilmFreeway, you can upload your audio file by categorizing your work as "Music/Songwriting." It's currently the only category that allows you to upload audio-only files. So, get your work up and submit to get the film festival experience! Our partner festival New Jersey WebFest has a great set of instructions at: https://www.newjerseywebfest.com/FilmFreeway-podcasts.

A short-form series is any **episodic** work consisting of three or more episodes. When submitting a short-form series, you are actually placing your full season under consideration. If your work is a mini-series, the mini-series is the one season. By short-form, we mean less than 30 minutes. However, the sweet spot is really under 15 minutes. If you have only a pilot, submit to the SERIES PILOT category.
- Must be a short-form series (episodes <30 minutes)
- You are submitting a SPECIFIC SEASON of your series. That season should have AT LEAST 3 episodes.
- You cannot submit a season that was previously accepted into Minnesota WebFest
- We accept any and all genres
- Your judging copy can be of a single episodes, but it's better if it's the full season in consideration
- If selected, we will ask for a separate venue screener for the episode that will screen at the festival

The Series Pilot category is for creators with a pilot for a series or season and are using that pilot in preparation for completing a full season.
- Must be a single episode of a short-form series for a season that has yet to be made
- The episode must be less than 30 minutes in length to qualify
- You cannot submit a pilot that has previously been accepted to Minnesota WebFest

We want the script for a single episode of a series that best demonstrates your ability to write for short-form content. Because of the focus on short-form, we will read a maximum of 10 pages.
- Must be 10 pages or less
- You cannot submit a script previously accepted into the festival
- You CAN submit a script for a series that has been previously accepted to other categories (pilot, series)

For trailers for short-form series.
- Must be less than 2 minutes in length
- Trailer may not have been accepted to a prior Minnesota WebFest trailer competition

The various podcast categories are for creators with a new or established podcast.
- Your podcast must have at least 3 episodes
- You may submit a podcast of any length, but only the first 30 minutes will be considered
- You may submit a podcast that has been previously accepted to Minnesota WebFest so long as the submission represents content created for the podcast since the edition in which you competed (e.g. if your podcast appeared in MNWF 22, only new episodes created after September 2022 are allowed).
- If selected, we will ask for a separate venue screener of 15 minutes or less to screen at the festival

The Podcast Concept category is for creators with a new idea for a podcast and who have either produced a single episode or created a proof-of-concept in preparation for producing the larger podcast.
- You may submit an episode of any length, but only the first 30 minutes will be considered
- The podcast should have no more than 2 completed episodes


1. Select your category:
* PODCAST (Narrative, Non-Narrative, Actual Play)

2. If your work was made in Minnesota or by a Minnesota resident, indicate "Made in Minnesota".
3. FOR EPISODIC CONTENT (web series + podcast): Your screener should include at least one episode, but more can be helpful for the screeners.
4. FOR PILOTS AND CONCEPTS: Submit ONLY your pilot. You may not submit a pilot for a series that has been previously accepted unless the pilot is the only work from a new season. You may not submit a concept for a podcast that has previously been accepted, period.
5. Submit all required information and pay the required fee(s) in accordance with the relevant submission window.

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.
- 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.
- Selected projects will be required to upload additional information to assist with the promotional and screening processes. You agree to have all your information uploaded by the deadline which will be in late summer 2023.
- The content must include English subtitles to accompany any important dialogue or visual references that are not spoken or written in English.
- Student series must have a director and/or writer that is a registered student at the time of creation.

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

-Corporate videos promoting a product or service (does not include branded narratives)
-Product reviews
-Music videos
-Short or feature films

A note on branded narratives: Many web series and podcasts are "branded content" in that a brand has sponsored them and that brand has been incorporated into the narrative. Those series and podcasts ARE ELIGIBLE. What we are trying to exclude are "informercial" like things where the subject matter is the brand itself.

1. All submitters must submit their content to Minnesota WebFest through FilmFreeway.
2. All submitters must submit to at least 1 category.
3. A single submission may be considered for more than one category, provided that an additional entry with additional submission fee is paid for each additional category.
4. Multiple projects (except for TikToks and Reels) may be submitted for consideration provided that an additional submission fee is paid for each entry.
5. All submission fees are non-refundable. It is up to you to understand the entry rules.
6. Submitting does not guarantee your series as an Official Selection of Minnesota WebFest 2022.
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. Official Selections will receive a a free copy of the Mac-based captioning app Imaginary Captions courtesy of festival sponsor Imaginary Productions.

In order to be screened at Minnesota WebFest and eligible for judging:

A. All non-English language series MUST provide English language subtitles.
B. All English language series MUST provide English language captions.

Subtitles and/or captions may be embedded in the video or provided as a separate file in SRT format.


-Minnesota 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.
-Minnesota WebFest reserves the right to determine screening conditions for all Official Selections.
-Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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.
-Minnesota WebFest participants agree to not hold Minnesota WebFest, the Northern Film Alliance, 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 state & federal laws apply.

Overall Rating
  • A wonderful event put on by the best people. Thank you for your hard work.

    November 2023
  • I appreciated the detailed and thoughtful organization and communication of this festival. The screening process was easy and flawlessly executed. Events happened on time and according to schedule, and overall it was a very friendly and fun experience. The only concern was a very small attendance this year.

    October 2023
  • Overall MN WebFest was wonderful. The communication was pretty good, the diversity of the nominations and the categories available to shows was amazing. My only complaint is that the ability to live stream events was a bit confusing to navigate. The website indicated there were potential live streams but I couldn't find them. I hope that MN WebFest 2024 will offer a virtual option for the disabled directors, actors, podcasters and crew that can't attend in-person events as easily. But still, great job overall MN WebFest. See you next year!

    October 2023
  • The Minnesota WebFest was a great experience! Thank you to all organizers and judges, we'd definitely recommend the Minn WebFest to other creators

    October 2023
  • Great Festival! A pleasure to communicate with. Was thrilled to be a part of the 2022 line-up!

    January 2023