The NZ Web Fest is thrilled to announce the selections for this year’s edition, #NZWF17.
#NZWF17 drew almost 150 submissions, up 50% from 2016. 61 shows from 14 countries are selected, with over a third of the programme home-grown.
Although the event is only in its third year, organisers are excited to welcome back some shows and creators who’ve been part of the two previous editions.
Season 1 of High Road won the Best Web Series gong at the inaugural NZ Web Fest in 2015, and creator Justin Harwood presented at #NZWF16. Season 3 of the show, featuring a turn from an Academy Award winner, is named for #NZWF17. With her short Do No Harm recently qualified as an Academy Award contender, Roseanne Liang’s Friday Night Bites is also among the selections this year. Roseanne presented at #NZWF15, where Flat 3 was the very close runner-up to High Road at the awards.
Other presenters from our previous editions who have shows selected this year include Lanita Ririnui-Ryan (Poi – Hopes and Dreams), Roberto Nascimento (Sui Generis), Liam Coleman (These Two), and Vicki Makutu with Hahana and Oompher.
Returning finalists from last year include the latest seasons of Auckward Love and Real Tinder Convos; and Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu (Art from the Hands of Ngai Tahu), winner of the Best Pilot award in 2016.
Someday Stories (pictured, top) is from young persons’ film challenge The Outlook for Someday, which is run by the (very proud) dad of the Candle Wasters’ Claris Jacobs. The Candle Wasters have presented at both our previous editions, were among the winners last year, and have two shows selected this year, Bright Summer Night and Happy Playland.
The number of international submissions to the NZ Web Fest has grown massively this year, not least because the festival isa participating festival in the Web Series World Cup. Several shows from elsewhere we look forward to sharing arrive clutching awards from other festivals. Among the most successful is Aussie Luke Eve’s show High Life, currently leading this year’s Web Series World Cup table and featuring Benson Anthony – whom many will recognise from 800 Words.
#NZWF17 is an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the creators of some of our finest online content. The conference day and awards ceremony run Saturday 18 November, with the festival screening programme running 18 and 19 November.
Tickets are now on sale via Just the Ticket. Earlybird pricing is available until 20 October or until sold out – whichever happens first.
Visit nzwebfest.co.nz for all the NZ Web Fest info.
Here’s the full list of selections for #NZWF17, alphabetically by genre. NZ shows are marked *
Agoro The Phobic Monster
Meet The Ladybugs
Shorts About Giants
The Adventures Of Broken Heart
This Is Desmondo Ray!
A Horrible World
* Amy Street
* Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu (Art From The Hands Of Ngai Tahu)
*Convos With Teen Mums
Face To Faith
*Hahana (Season 2)
*He Ao Kotahi: Pai In Palestine
Magnify Melbourne (Season 3)
*Poi – Hopes And Dreams
Zyara (Season 2)
NARRATIVE FICTION SHOWS
*Bright Summer Night
Bruce The Series
Darren Has A Breakdown (Season 2)
[Blank] My Life
Duam (In Another World)
Esther’s Style (Season 2)
*Friday Night Bites
*High Road (Season 3)
*Lucy Lewis Can’t Lose
Or So The Story Goes (Golden Rule)
Orazio’s Clan – Web Series
Other People’s Children
Real Tinder Convos (Season 2)
Shakespeare Republic (Season 2)
The Amazing Hoolister Park
*The Maori Side Steps
The Spell Tutor 2.2
*The Video Store
The Wizards Of Aus
Yukata Cowboy (Season 3)
*All Bi Myself
Hani’s Barber Shop
*Now I Can Make
Tinder Is The Night
*What Are We Going To Do About Poppet?