WEBFEST BERLIN 2017: Official Selection of Web Series and Program announced for the festival on the 8th and 9th of September.
The best web series from around the world will be presented at the third edition of the Berliner festival for web series, happening on the 8th and 9th of September at Holzmarkt’s Säälchen. More than 200 web series from 21 countries were submitted to Webfest Berlin. 38 web series were chosen for the Official Selection. New for this year, 5 web series were selected in the new Berlin Selection and 8 in the new Returning Series Selection. A total of 51 series and will be screened at the festival.
At the third edition of Webfest Berlin, the theme is #WFBSTRATEGY. Webfest Berlin founder, Meredith Burkholder, has created a hub for connecting digital content creators, distributors, networks, and technological innovators in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Global leaders in the digital content industry will be present to discuss the quickly changing episodic digital content landscape and the opportunities that exist for digital content creators. Buyers and creators alike will gain exposure to some of the most innovative story-telling techniques and newest production technology on the market.
The two-day festival will feature screenings of all selections, three intensive workshops, as well as panel discussions and presentations on the web series industry in Germany and around the world. Speakers and panelists will include Joël Bassaget of Web Series Mag and the Web Series World Cup, Murat Ünal of Brandboost by DIVIMOVE, Nora Hiller and Thilo Casper of FUNK, the online con- tent network of ARD and ZDF, Kristian Costa-Zahn of UFA LAB, Anne Santa Maria – Founder of ‘the young talents incubator: Telfrance Network’, and many more.
The Friday night Berlinorama party will feature screenings of the ‘Berlin Selections’, a welcome drink provided by Coolonga, networking, and of course music!
The festival culminates on Saturday evening, with the announcement of the winners of the annual Webfest Berlin awards, selected by a top-class jury. The jury for 2017 includes Benoit Beaudoin of TV5 (Canada), cinematographer Muriel AboulRouss (Lebanon), founder and director of the Mel- bourne WebFest, Steinar Ellingsen (Australia), and Hanna Huge, managing director of serienjunk- ies.de. The awards will include: Grand Jury Winner, Best in Germany, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Animation/Puppetry, Best Non-Fiction, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Best Ac- tion/Thriller/Suspense, the HG Distribution Best Pilot Award, and Audience Favorite. The ‘What’s Next Awards’, best ‘Berlin Selection’ and best ‘Returning Series’ are selected by the festival. The ‘What’s Next Awards’ will be awarded for the most promising writer, director, and producer of Webfest Berlin 2017. The HG Distribution Best Pilot Award winner will receive a prize of € 2500.
The complete festival schedule can be found here: http://www.webfest.berlin/2017-schedule/
After publishing the first digital series catalog in the world last year, the festival will again release a digital series catalog shortly after the festivities. The catalog will feature all submissions to Webfest Berlin and is open to any creator or business wishing to advertise their digital series or ser- vice. Buyers and interested parties may sign up to receive the catalog in PDF format at http://www.webfest.berlin/catalog/
About Webfest Berlin
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Webfest Berlin 2017 Official Selection
1 Minute Meal: A Documentary Portrait of NYC (US) – Non-Fiction Albtrauf (DE) – Pilot
Webfest Berlin 2017 Returning Series
Darren Has a Breakdown (UK) Esther’s Style/Estilo Esther (AR) Euh (BE)
Webfest Berlin 2017 Berlin Selection
FILMSTDT (FILMCITY) (DE)