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RIOWF takes place in November in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. We have festival partners from all around the globe, including Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Marseille, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Sicily, Rome, Melbourne, Berlin, Seoul!

Join the webfest celebration in Rio de Janeiro and get together for some caipirinhas and coconut water at our beautiful beaches!

Some of our main attractions:
- CASH AWARDS!
- SUPER PROJECT: meeting and pitching sessions with international producers.
- SILVER TICKETS: Direct official selection to other web fest partners of the Web Fest International Circuit.
- GOLDEN TICKET: Direct official selection to other web fest partners (including plane ticket and accommodation paid).
- BUSINESS ROUNDS with representatives of Brazil's TV Channel such as Canal Curta!.
- KEYNOTES from university professors about the web video in Brazil and abroad.
- PANELS with creators from Brazil and abroad.
- SCREENING SESSIONS of web series.
- CLOSED PARTIES and special events for festival participants only.
- RED CARPET and AWARDS SHOW broadcasted online.

Let us help you share your work with the world!

CASH AWARDS
Best Brazilian Series - R$ 1.500,00
Best International Series - R$ 1.500,00
Popular Vote - R$ 1.000,00
Web Pilot - R$ 500,00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My web series already participated in last year's festival. Can I join again?
Yes, because every year we will have a different jury.

My web series has only one chapter or has not been filmed yet. Can I participate?
The minimum number for a product to be considered a web series is two episodes. They have to be ready at the time of registration. If you have a project, you can't participate as a web series, but you can submit for the SUPER PROJECT.

Is there a duration limit on the episodes submitted?
No, there are no duration limit for your submitted show. However, if it gets in the official selection and you want it to be screened at the festival, you need to send us a video with the maximum duration of 10 minutes.

How does the official selection process and awards of the festival works?
The festival staff reviews the submissions, watch the uploaded videos and selects the nominees for each category. The official selection list will be posted on our website and social media. During the event, our national and international jury will select the winners for each award. You can submit on this website your webseries, trailer, web ad, music or dance video or via FilmFreeway.

I read in the regulations that English subtitles are mandatory, even for English speaking shows. How does it work?
As the festival staff is bilingual, there is no need to subtitle the submitted episodes in English to participate in the official selection. However, if your web series is nominated for an award, you must send copies with English subtitles so the international jury can evaluate your work, even if it is spoken in the English language.

I do not have a webseries. Can I come to the festival to watch the screenings and make contacts?
Of course you can! Our festival will be held in Cidade das Artes (City of Arts), a gigantic complex near the beautiful beaches of Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The festival attractions, except the opening and awards ceremonies, are free so everyone can participate. The venue is safe, it has a paid parking lot and is right next to the Alvorada bus terminal, with easy access via bus or BRT.

What is trailer and web ad categories?
This year, we opened the trailer and web advertising categories. If you do not wish to submit with your whole series or if it is not ready yet, you can compete only with the trailer and pay less on the submission fee. Web ads are for advertising videos made especially for the internet. We believe that the web requires a different language from conventional TV and the commercials made to be watched mainly through digital platforms like facebook and youtube need recognition!

What is the minimum age to participate?
The event has a minimum rating of 14 years age to participate. Minors can go with their parents.

What is the SUPER PROJECT and WEB PILOT?
Please head out to www.riowebfest.net to find out more about this other types of submission.

COMEDY
Best Comedy Series
Best Writing (Comedy)
Best Directing (Comedy)
Best Female Performance in a Comedy
Best Male Performance in a Comedy
Best Ensemble Performance (Comedy)

DRAMA
Best Dramatic Series
Best Writing (Drama)
Best Directing (Drama)
Best Female Performance in a Drama
Best Male Performance in a Drama
Best Ensemble Performance (Drama)

ACTION/HORROR/SCI-FI
Best Action Series
Best Writing (Action)
Best Directing (Action)
Best Female Performance in an Action Series
Best Male Performance in an Action Series
Best Ensemble Performance (Action)

DOCUMENTARY/VARIETY/EDUCATIONAL (NON-FICTION)
Best Documentary Series
Best Variety Series
Best Educational Series
Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
Best Writing (Non-Fiction)
Best Performance (Non-Fiction)
Best Lifestyle

RIOWF SPECIAL AWARDS
Best Musical Series
Best Trailer
Best Web Advertisement
Best Stories
Best Vlogger
Best Diversity Series
Best Music Video
Best Dance Video
Best Performance Video
Best Original Idea
Incentive to Brazilian Digital Production
RioWF Internacional Circuit

TECHNICAL
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Makeup
Best Soundtrack
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound Design
Best Production
Best Videographics

INFANTILE-JUVENILE
Best Infantile-Juvenile Series
Best Infantile-Juvenile Performance

ANIMATION
Best Animated Series

CASH AWARDS
Best Brazilian Series
Best International Series
Web Pilot
People's Choice Award

SUPER PROJECT
Meeting Sessions with international TV and VOD producers (find out more at www.riowebfest.net).

WEB PILOT
Shoot a web series during the festival days and inside the festival venue and compete for a cash award (find out more at www.riowebfest.net).

SILVER TICKETS - DIRECT SELECTION TO THE WEB FEST INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Direct Selection to Melbourne Web Fest (Australia)
Direct Selection to Los Angeles Web Fest (USA)
Direct Selection to Seoul Web Fest (South Korea)
Direct Selection to Webfest Berlin (Germany)
Direct Selection to Sicily Webfest (Italy)
Direct Selection to Digital Media Fest (Spain)
Direct Selection to Die Seriale (Germany)

GOLDEN TICKETS
Direct Selection to Marseille Web Fest with free flight ticket and accommodation (Brazilian Series Only)
Direct Selection to Out Web Fest with free flight ticket and accommodation (LGBTQ+ Brazilian Series Only)
Direct Selection to Bilbao Seriesland with free flight ticket and accommodation (Brazilian Series Only)

We are looking for all kinds of audiovisual content for the web.

To be able to compete, a web series, vlog or podcast must have at least two episodes released or ready to be viewed by festival selectors by the time of the submission deadline. There is no duration limit for each episode in the submission and web series that participated in our past editions can also participate this year, since we have a different jury every year.

Creators are welcome to submit as many web series as they want, but each one requires one submission fee.

Any non-English or non-Brazilian Portuguese language web series must have subtitles in English and/or in Brazilian Portuguese available by the time of the submission. If your series is officially selected, YOU MUST PROVIDE English subtitles for the screening copies.

Although there is no duration limit for submitting, the screening time limit for each selected web series is 10 minutes (including credits). You are allowed to either send an shorter episode with a total running time of no more than 10 minutes or and edited reel of two or three episodes, if your chapters are really short.

Music Videos and Dance Videos are also welcome in our festival.

Selected entries are required to provide a high resolution copy of the screening episode(s) encoded in .mp4 or .mov files in 1080p, h264, max 20mbps bitrate, NTSC or PAL. Please double check your screening files before sending.

Regulations and Procedures
1. Rio Web Fest 2021 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on mid November.
2. Submission Deadlines: Submissions are open from February 1st until no later than September 1st. Official selections will be announced in September 15th.
3. Submission Format: For Web Series, a minimum of 2 episodes must be submitted online. For Trailers, Web ads, Music and Dance Videos, just the link for the video will be enough. You can submit on our website your series, trailer, web ad, music or dance video or via FilmFreeway.
4. Submission Eligibility: All projects produced anytime and anywhere in the world with a two episodes minimum for series or one video for the rest are eligible for submission. Web series that participated in our earlier editions are still eligible, since we have different jury every year.
5. Submission Fee: All FilmFreeway submissions for Rio Web Fest must be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
6. Selection of Web Series: Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: quality of narrative and production, acting, originality, cinematography, sound and other technical categories. Official selections will be informed by email. Nominees should send digital files for screening encoded in .mp4 or .mov files in 1080p, h264, max 10mbps bitrate, NTSC or PAL.
7. Official selections MUST PROVIDE English subtitles for the screening copies, regardless of the original language of your show.
8. Screenings are scheduled during the festival under the criterion of Rio Webfest. Whilst every effort will be made to fulfil the published schedule, we reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason and we'll not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
9. Filmmakers can submit as many web series as they want.
10. The festival is sovereign in its decisions regarding the distribution of prizes, trophies and laurels and is free to modify them if necessary, for reasons of "force majeure", keeping that resolution always as a last resort, to be used only if all the alternatives are exhausted.
11. The Silver Tickets (direct selection of partner festivals) and Golden Tickets (free flight and hotel to partner festivals) are courtesies exchanged between festivals and therefore are responsibility of the partner festival, and not of Rio Webfest organization. We cannot be held accountable if a partner festival ceases to exist or cancel the prize on their behalf, due to any reason whatsoever.
12. All submitters declare themselves as responsible for the rights of all contents of their episodes in the act of submission. For example, soundtrack, logo and images. In case of the true rights holder inquires about the unauthorised use of his creation, the festival will not be responsible for it.
13. The creator is also responsible for well functioning of the episode links sent to curators during the entire submission period, from the submission date until the official selection.
14. During the awards show, the winner trophies will be given to anyone representing the series, all exceptions must be specifically asked in writing before the festival starts. If you are not present at the awards show, we can still send your trophy by mail afterwards, as long as you can cover the shipping costs.
15. Payment of the submission fee and filling out the submission form does not mean that your web series will be automatically nominated for an award or that you'll be eligible for the pitching sessions. The festival will preselect the series for the awards nominations and preselect projects to participate in the pitching sessions.
16. All CASH PRIZES will be paid only via Paypal account transfer up till one month after the awards show is over. Paypal taxes and fees are also responsibility of the prize winner.
17. If you plan on attending personally to the festival, please note that Brazil requires a TOURIST VISA for citizens of specific countries. Please check out if your country is on the list and how to require your visa at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Brazil#Tourist_visa.
18. Complimentary invitations to the Rio WebFest Awards and Official Opening, should be exchanged on the respective days of the events for a ticket. This exchange will be held at the City of Arts box office until 4pm.
19. Please arrive early to ensure your ticket because all spaces are subject to stocking.
19. By submitting to RIOWF, you hereby agree to the use your image and small excerpts of your work to promote the festival in trailers, teasers and live coverage of the festival on live streaming and social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and regular television.

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Overall Rating
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  • I enjoyed the RIOWF20. As much as I really wanted to visit Rio De Janeiro and Brazil this year, Covid only allowed the festival to be presented online. They did a great job of presenting the festival virtually and I am very thankful for being nominated in two categories and being presented with the award for Best Direction (Comedy) for Talent Drivers (2019). I thank the co-organizers and staff for working so hard and diligently to still present a fun and entertaining international festival and still maintain their status as the largest WebFest in the world with so many categories. I have only one request for improvement - that would be to have a better focus on helping filmmakers network thru their website and the film festival. I know it was limited to a virtual online festival this year, but there was no way for international online visitors and filmmakers of the festival to find a link to all the films in the festival. This could be achieved by either posting the films websites or at least having a hyperlink from where ever their Films Title shows up on the RioWebFest site. This would easily link the viewer to the filmmakers website or youtube link to their film. That would be a wonderful way of international networking available. This did not exist and there were no ways to network with other international filmmakers - or to view their films. Still would love to visit Brazil one day and attend the Rio WebFest the next time I have a film to enter. Cheers & much thanks to the 2020 RIOWF Co-Organizers and Staff / All the best in 2021! - Michael P O'Hara / Waking Dream Productions - TALENT DRIVERS ( 2019) Creator, Co-Writer, Executive Producer, Actor

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    Response from festival:

    Dear Michael, thank you for your honest feedback! We are working hard improve the filmmakers experience during this post-COVID era. It was a pleasure having Talent Drivers on the winners list and hope to see more from you in the future. Much love from Rio,

  • A stellar festival, I attended it virtually and I was blown away by the quality of how it was set up! Great atmosphere and sophisticated location!
    The curators really show support and appreciation to all the filmmakers: the communication from the festival was excellent and we always felt up to date and included. Also, during my online panel, I met some wonderful people and had an inspiring conversation!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Viviana, you got us speechless. Thank you for your kind words, we are very fortunate of receiving such a great series as Red Velvet Revolution. We can see nothing but success in your future and we hope to see more from you in our next editions. Much love from Rio and keep on creating! You rock <3

  • Maude Morissette

    Graet festival and organization! A real focus on creators

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Yas! Thank you so much for your review! We love La Dump, send our love to Maude and keep on creating! Cheers from Rio!

  • Great festival run by filmmakers for filmmakers. They provide an excellent opportunity for independent creators to show their projects in a supportive and high class environment. So many creator Q&A panels plus an oscar worthy awards ceremony with live band and theatrical presentations. Couldn't recommend more highly. Only thing missing was the chance to for me to go in person due to Covid. Would have been a chance to party with the incredible international group of creators with too many caipirinhas. Absolute necessity for anyone with a web series!!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Steve, thank you so much for your kind words! Brazzy Jazzy is an incredible show and we owe many of the laughters we had this year to it! Keep on creating and this crazy times will pass and we'll definately have caipirinhas in Rio or NYC! Até breve amigo

  • DAVID PELECH

    Loved Rio and the creators panel. Made the best out of a weird year. Respect to this team.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review David and congrats on your awards. Cheers from Rio,