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Web series named for international fests

The 2017 edition of the Web Series World Cup gets under way in Buenos Aires next month at BA Web Fest. Flying the flag for NZ will be the third season of Justin Harwood’s High Road (which won the inaugural WSWC in 2015) and Kirsty Griffin & Viv Kernick’s doco series Amy Street (pictured, top). Both shows received NZ On Air support.

Originally pitched for TV, the first series of High Road was self-funded. NZ On Air has supported the second, third and upcoming fourth (and final) series of the show. Amy Street was developed from short Wayne, made as part of the 2014 Loading Docs initiative.

The world’s longest-running web fest (at the grand old age of eight) is the LA Web Fest, which has this week announced its 2017 line-up, which runs to over 120 titles.

Featuring a bunch of cameo appearances, including Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider, The Almighty Johnsons, Game of Thrones), David Farrier (Tickled), Fleur Saville, Nic Sampson (Step Dave, Flat 3, The Brokenwood Mysteries), Perlina Lau (Flat 3, Friday Night Bites), Tom Sainsbury and Kermath’s soon-to-release The Video Store is the sole NZ web series selected.

The Video Store

The line-up names 12 Australian shows including Real Tinder Convos, which was a finalist at least year’s NZ Web Fest.

BA Web Fest runs 21 – 23 March in Argentina. The LA Web Fest runs 28 – 30 April.

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