NZ Web Fest News: July 2020

Welcome to our July newsletter

We’ve been busy working our way through the submissions, and are now heading towards our Late Deadline on 31 July. If you’ve got a few moments to spare, please help us spread the word – either by pointing your networks at our submissions page ( ) or by sharing one of our social media posts when we promote the deadline.


All Over the Place

While some festivals postponed, and some have taken a break in response to Covid-19, we’ve been pleased to see quite a few festivals adapting and making the best out of what – depending on where in the world you are – has been a diffuicult to deeply traumatising year so far.

Congratulations to all the shows picking up selections, award nominations and awards at Apulia, Die Seriale and Santa Monica, and to those shows named and nominated for for Melbourne, Seoul and Webfest Berlin. We look forward to seeing the selection announcement from Minnesota very soon.

Santa Monica winner How to Buy a Baby


Here at home

Big shoutout to NZ On Air for turning around an RFP very quickly in April to get some projects moving – including a 48 Hours Lockdown edition and webseries Minoi! Minoi!, Night Shift and Sound Check.

How this year’s hybrid version of the NZIFF goes will soon be clear, but whatever happens the event does contain a first – a premiere screening of a complete web series, Rurangi. We haven’t seen it, but have heard great things about the team from web fest partners in Germany.

Despite the very disrupted programme of web fest events around the world, NZ series are managing to achieve some cut-through with selections and nominations, with local shows Epic NPC Man, K Rd Chronicles, Loner, Misadventures of a Pacific Professional, Naughty Bits and Who Killed Lucy the Poodle all playing away in the next two months.

Congratulations also to Kirsty Griffin and Viv Kernick, whose short Pluck recently won the Oscar-qualifying Best NZ Short award at Doc Edge. Kirsty and Viv’s series Amy Street won Best Director (NZ Factual) and shared the Best Show (NZ Factual) award at #NZWF17. The Doc Edge Festival is still running online, and – as the short films are available for free – you can enjoy Pluck here (geo-blocked to NZ).



Check out our calendar for upcoming application and submission deadlines, festivals, and NZ industry events.

As always, if you’d like to list your web festival submission deadline, date(s), or NZ screen industry funding/submission deadlines and event dates, just send the info to and we’ll add it to the calendar.

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Published on 7 July 2020