- Fundraise for entry fees and airfare/hotel money to attend festivals. Some series creators use crowd funding to raise money for production. But some others have cleverly used Kickstarter and Indie Gogo and Gofundme to raise a couple thousand dollars so that they can afford to enter fests.
- Consider entering the WSWC festivals at least. Doing well in the World Cup is impressive, just as winning awards in festivals impresses. Again, check Joel’s site for information.
- The World Cup follows the yearly circuit so try to time your entries to coincide with the new season of festivals. Submissions for the next year open in August of the previous year. You should be submitting now for the 2018 cup.
- Brand yourself.This can be as simple as getting t-shirts and hats created with your title or logo. This is what we did with The Pantsless Detective and it works. People instantly put a face to our series. Even better is to appear in costume. Our web series buddy Atsushi Ogata found this out accidentally. He brought his costume to the first Sicily WebFest on the sun-drenched island of Ustica to shoot a few promo shots for his show, Yukata Cowboy. It’s a great getup comprising cowboy hat, boots, lariat and a traditional Japanese yukata (a simple japanese cotton robe) to represent his cross cultural life and adventures. Well, since he had the costume, he decided to wear it to the awards show and it was a huge hit! Everyone at the show wanted to take a picture with him. We did a bunch before the show of course, but especially after the show with all the award winners, Atsushi and us, among them. He’s been appearing at festivals that way ever since.
Web Series Mag now offers a list of web series festivals and film festivals that have digital sections. It’s a great resource and you should seek it out.