In the Spring of 2021, WebSeries Canada presents the TOWF9 to support, connect, promote, and celebrate independent content creators from Canada and around the World. TOWF9 & The WebSeries Canada Conference a multi-day conference offering engaging talks, workshops, special events, and awards, online web series screenings, and more!

Last year TOWF was proud to introduced Equity and Inclusion Fund and this year we are proud to continue this program. This to ensure that cost is not a barrier for anyone to participate in TOWF9 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

The Fund for the Under-Represented in our industry will provide submission fees to TOWF for those that may require it and identify with a Disability or as Women or the LGBTQ2 community. Please contact the EquityFund@WebSeriesCanada.ca

SUBMIT YOUR WEB SERIES:
New this year we are splitting certain categories and genres between WEBSERIES and SHORT SERIES the reasoning for this is certain categories have overloaded our judges we also feel this will bring a certain amount of fairness back into our awards.

First, does your release date qualify
Six episodes of your show must be released between January 1, 2020, up until March 1st, 2022, you qualify for TOWF9

Next pick your category:

1. WebSeries 10min or under
2. Short Series 10min to under 15min

Not all genres are broken down into web series and short series this is done only once a genre passes 30 submissions.

GENRE: BEST DRAMA WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST DRAMA SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
GENRE: BEST COMEDY WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST COMEDY SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min

The following genre are not broken up into categories of WebSeries & Short Series they will be judged together in the same genre. We reserve the right to split any category once we have more than 30 submissions.

GENRE: BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
GENRE: BEST HORROR & THRILLER
GENRE: BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
GENRE: BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL

Once you complete your genre picks you will apply to the TOWF craft categories. You are given 3 codes for free as part of your entrance fee, you will be charged $5/$7/$10 for each craft thereafter depending on the time of your submission.

Code 1. TOWF9CRAFT1
Code 2. TOWF9CRAFT2
Code 3. TOWF9CRAFT3

New this year some craft awards are broken down to best Webseries and best short series the reason for this is certain categories have overloaded our judges we feel this will bring a certain amount fairness back to our awards. For a craft category to be split it must have over 20 submissions we reserve the right to split any category at any time under these rules.

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:

TOWF9 BEST WEB SERIES OVERALL
TOWF9 BEST ENGLISH CANADIAN SERIES OVERALL
TOWF9 BEST FRENCH CANADIAN SERIES OVERALL
TOWF9 BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES
TOWF9 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES
TOWF9 WEBSERIES CANADA AWARD
TOWF9 TORONTO AWARD
TOWF9 VANCOUVER AWARD
TOWF9 MONTREAL AWARD
TOWF9 SPOTLIGHT AWARD EQUITY & INCLUSION
TOWF9 THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED

JURY AWARDED PRIZES:

TRIPLE THREAT AUTEUR
BOARD OF GOVERNORS HONOURABLE MENTION

GENRE AWARDS:

GENRE: BEST DRAMA WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST DRAMA SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
GENRE: BEST COMEDY WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST COMEDY SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
GENRE: BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE
GENRE: BEST HORROR & THRILLER
GENRE: BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
GENRE: BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL

CRAFT AWARDS:

BEST DIRECTING WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST DIRECTING SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST WRITING WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST WRITING SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST EDITING WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST EDITING SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST ACTOR WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST ACTOR SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST ENSEMBLE WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST ENSEMBLE SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE WEBSERIES 10min or under
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST ANIMATED CONTENT
BEST SOUND DESIGN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST HAIR/MAKEUP

FESTIVAL AWARDS AND PRIZES

TOWF9 BEST WEB SERIES OVERALL
Open to all participating web series. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 BEST ENGLISH CANADIAN SERIES OVERALL
Open only to web series produced in Canada. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 BEST FRENCH CANADIAN SERIES OVERALL
Open only to web series produced in Canada. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES (foreign series that are in English or French)
This is given to the best foreign film that has been created in English or French, the two official languages of Canada.

TOWF9 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES
Given to the best foreign language film created in any other language other than English or French the two official languages of Canada.

TOWF9 WEBSERIES CANADA AWARD
Open only to web series produced by WebSeries Canada Members. Finalists will be determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 TORONTO AWARD
Open only to web series produced in Toronto. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 VANCOUVER AWARD
Open only to web series produced in Vancouver. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 MONTREAL AWARD
Open only to web series produced in Montreal. Finalists will be determined by the highest overall scores as determined by the Festival Jury.

TOWF9 SPOTLIGHT AWARD EQUITY & INCLUSION - BIPOC
The series that most effortlessly showcases the narratives of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and minority voices. The jury may award more then one award, it is up to their judgment.

TOWF9 THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED - WOMEN, THOSE WITH DISABILITIES & LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
The series that most effortlessly showcases the narratives of Women, the disabled or LGBTQ+ voices.

JURY AWARDED PRIZES

May or may not be given at the option of the 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.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS HONOURABLE MENTION
The Honorable Mention Awards are given to artists and production companies that stand out and deserve special recognition. The jury may award as many honorable mentions as it feels is necessary.

Rules & Terms

HOW TO SUBMIT:
1) Six episodes of your project have been released between January 1, 2020, up until March 1st, 2022, pick your genre for TOWF9, our categories are broken down like this:

I. Webseries under 10min,
II. Short Series Over 10min under 15min

GENRE: BEST DRAMA WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST DRAMA SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min
GENRE: BEST COMEDY WEBSERIES 10min or under
GENRE: BEST COMEDY SHORT SERIES 10min to under 15min

The following genre are not broken up into categories and WebSeries & Short Series and will be judged together in the same genre.

GENRE: BEST HORROR & THRILLER
GENRE: BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
GENRE: BEST FAMILY CONTENT & MUSICAL
GENRE: BEST DOCUMENTARY & LIFESTYLE

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 for WebSeries and the first (15) minutes for a short series. 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 for Webseries and 15 minutes for a Short Series.. 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 March 1st, 2022.

-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 April 1, 2022 or be disqualified.

-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 & SHORT SERIES

-Serialized narrative content with 6 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
Commercials
Corporate videos promoting a product or service
Pornography
Product reviews
Music videos
Pilot episodes (see pitch pit)
Short Films

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 2022 / TOWF9.

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 online passes to T.O. WebFest 2022 / TOWF9.

10. By submitting you agree that T.O. WebFest 2022 / TOWF9 may display all or part of the submitted content Live in a theatre or online or by mobile app from May 1 2022 to June 30, 2022, to festival audiences.

11. By submitting you agree that T.O. WebFest 2022 / TOWF9 may display all or part of the submitted press kit content online, mobile or on social media for the lifetime of the post as well as on the TOWebFest.com website.

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, TO WebFest Award & 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 final decisions and 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.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Maéva Tarva

    Unfortunately we couldn't attend much of the festival as the dates were at the same time as our final reporting deadlines... But, in a mere few hours of attendance, I met delightful people, got to know many other webseries and talk with creators who share our values of passion, curiosity and openess. Fantastic experience!

    July 2021
  • Wonderful festival, and I received informative feedback for my web series pitch! I'll carry what I learned forward into developing my series.

    July 2021
  • Kenneth Cheong

    A fantastic festival! Dedicated people working hard to push WebSeries in Canada. Despite the pandemic, the festival has been well organised. Thank you for inviting us and hopefully we will be able to attend in person in the next one.

    July 2021
  • Adham Kosht

    This festival has been the nicest so far. The follow ups, the attention to many details...Our web series "The Reminder" has won some awards at some festivals, but TO WF was the most rewarding.

    July 2021
  • 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