Speaking of web series festivals, there’s apparently going to be a Montreal WebFest in 2015. Any developments on that will be on my social media. Montreal would be much more cost effective than Vancouver, and totally worth the travel. Montreal is not only home to a greatly self-sufficient film industry, but some great web series call the city home as well. This includes the incredibly successful Heroes of the North.
Anyway, TO WebFest is a success for several reasons. One reason being that they had fantastic panels, and some incredible speakers from the U.S. and the U.K. Not to mention Simon Zsebök from Viewster, which has its HQ in Switzerland.
It’s a great networking opportunity, not to mention that everyone that Jermain and I met were fantastic at all the after parties.
Another reason for the apparent success of the festival is that people are still talking about it (myself included). All day I’ve seen at least ten different articles in my social media feeds discussing the merits of TO WebFest. Several of them were wordpress blogs, and it says that the festival had more of a resounding effect than, say, L.A. WebFest.
One criticism that the festival might want to change next year is the screenings and the panels scheduled at the same time. I didn’t attend most of the screenings because I was in the panel. The screenings were free, which is fantastic, but I got the impression it made for some low attending because people were in the panels. I think the screenings are a great idea, and essential to a good festival. The thing about a web series festival is that most of the screenings are shows you can watch online for free, or through a subscription service that costs less than Netflix.
Either way I look forward to the festival next year, and believe that TO WebFest has set the bar high in terms of Canadian web series. Check out their website for full details on the panels, screenings, and their sponsors.
**Also stay tuned for the results of Dailymotion’s Trailer Contest come out tomorrow!