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UK Web Fest preps second edition

The second edition of the UK Web Fest will run in London later this year, with plans to make the festival a peripatetic event in coming years.

Last year the event, hosted at London’s Prince Charles Cinema, presented sold-out screenings and industry panels on online content and the evolution of web series.

The festival offers a £500 (cNZ$1000) cash prize for Best Web Series, which was last year taken out by Norwegian show Halsnoy (pictured, top).

Among the titles competing for the award last year was NZ web series Walter Wants A Woman, created by Callum Butcher, Rachel Choy and Jeremy Garland. The show also made its second trip to the LA Web Fest, where Butcher (Walter) was nominated for Best Actor.

Walter Wants A Woman

With Raindance’s expansion to include a web fest the only other British festival outlet for web series, UK Web Fest founder Monica Y. Dee said, “There was room for something like this when looking for places to submit my own productions in my home town. I wanted to create another platform for web creators. We are a growing breed and talented at that, we need more places to shine.”

The festival also gives back, with 10% of submission fees being donated to local schools for screen education projects.

The UK Web Fest runs 29 October in London and has a 16 September submission deadline